WMP 10 high-def

Iain pointed me at
Microsoft Windows Media – Windows Media High Definition Video
They have a bunch of
high-def content
The minimum machine spec is a bit steep:

Minimum Configuration

(to play 720p video)

  • Windows XP
  • Windows Media Player 9 Series
  • 2.4 GHz processor or equivalent
  • 384 MB of RAM
  • 64 MB video card
  • DVD drive
  • 1024 x 768 screen resolution
  • 16-bit sound card
  • Speakers
  • Optimum Configuration

    (to play 1080p video with 5.1 surround sound)

  • Windows XP
  • Windows Media Player 9 Series
  • DirectX 9.0
  • 3.0 GHz processor or equivalent
  • 512 MB of RAM
  • 128 MB video card
  • DVD drive
  • 1920 x 1440 screen resolution
  • 24-bit 96 kHz multichannel sound card
  • 5.1 surround sound speaker system
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    3 thoughts on “WMP 10 high-def”

    1. I tested out the 720p/1080p examples on a number of PC’s both at work and at home. At work my IBM P4 2.8 with integrated graphics could not handle 720p – the video stuttered. My P4 2.8 HTPC was able to play the 1080p examples without a problem (the HTPC has a 128MB 9800 AIW Pro). Can anyone explain why video card memory needs to be this high to play WMV HD? I realize most video cards support DVD decoding but I thought that was more of a horsepower issue and not one of video memory. Any tools on the PC that show video memory usage in real time?

      Unfortunately Microsoft has not provided Mac users with a version of WMP that supports WMV HD.

      Does anyone have any info on the minimum system requirements needed for playback of a HD movie (1920×1080, 8 Mbps, 24 fps) encoded with H.264? The only thing Apple says about hardware is that it “plays back beautifully on a dual Power Mac G5”. Thanks a bunch Apple!

    2. The AMD-64 3200+ on Win 2K (WMP 9) seems to be okay most of the time. The very first time I play one of those clips I can sometimes see a very brief stutter (not much worse than my rogers HDTV PVR actually), but the 2nd time I play it I have a hard time seeing any. This suggests to me that data transfer from the HD might factor into this equation.

      That’s not much of a sales pitch, I want to get my Roger’s HDTV PVR replaced as soon as they debug *their* stutter.

      Final analysis: slight stutter. Maybe I should go find Win XP MC with WMP 10 and try again? I’d rather wait until XP-64 comes out of beta, though.

    3. I’v tested WMVHD 720/1080p on P3.0 (2 GB RAM) / GeForce 6800 OC (128 MB) viewed on APPLE HD 23″ (wide) and works great both formats – smooth and crystal clear – fits entire screen perfectly. I discovered that sometimes the actual Windows Media Player 10 has some bugs. If you use Media Classic Player (http://sourceforge.net/projects/guliverkli/) – simplest & most powerful player for PC 99% of video formats work great.

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