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HDMI output on graphics card

by BoonBeen / April 19, 2009 12:37 PM PDT

While researching recommended hardware for AVCHD editing on a PC, I came across a recommendation that the graphics card should support HDMI (I suppose having an HDMI output).
My question is, what are the advantages of having an HDMI output on the card? I know some folks like to connect an HDTV to the computer, but why else would you need this output?


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In a sentence. Just one.
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / April 19, 2009 9:49 PM PDT

HDMI enables output of HDCP so that when or if you want to play Blue Ray or other such protected content then you won't encounter problems with HDCP.

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by BoonBeen / April 26, 2009 3:52 AM PDT

Excuse my ignorance, but I'm just starting out.....what is HDCP?

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You can research that.
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / April 26, 2009 9:26 PM PDT
In reply to: HDCP

Type that question at any search page.

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Also this as well...
by JCitizen / April 24, 2009 2:04 PM PDT

The previous answer may relate to this as well as I don't yet know enough about that service; but to put it simply - I like HDMI graphics cards because I (can)get full 5.1 and 7.1 sound for my TV and theater system. See below about the (can):

Getting that sound to the theater system can be a trick though if your limited on inputs to the device. Many times, becuase of DRM issues(related to blu-ray and cable recording), the HTS will only have one or two audio input devices and it is usually better to intercept the audio as early as possible.

If you use the PC speaker system to turn your PC into a theater system, then it probably wont be a problem, but if you preferr a separate HTS device with a DVD player they it can get tricky. Most only have one laser input and maybe a iPod or digital RCA input and the last two may not provide full HD sound quality.

You could put another high end audio card with component or laser output, but be forwarned certain devices can initiate DRM trips if the software, hardware, or cable device thinks your trying to "steal" premium content.

I always tell folks to go to "thegreenbutton.com" to look at problems other folks have, so they can avoid the pitfalls and get exactly what they want. Carefull planning can avoid a lot of problems.

Fortunately my TV has a good enough sound system, I can forget about my HTS when playing content on my PC through HDMI, but the cable OEM settup with not allow me to put sound through the slightly better HTS and get true 7.1 sound. They won't even let me put a audio card in that could ship the sound to the HTS. I could use the very capable 7.1 ability of the onboard motherboard audio, but I already have a fancy HTS so I'm not worried about it, I can add speakers later if I get to playing my PC blu-ray a lot.

So far their isn't much blu-ray content in the stores that I really want to watch so that'll be the day!

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