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New ATI drivers pimp high-quality video

New ATI drivers pimp high-quality video

The fine folks over at ATI have a new version of their ubiquitous Catalyst driver available. Catalyst version 6.4 offers improvements for video playback on ATI's Radeon X1000 series of products; and on the popular HQV benchmark (that's the one with the video of flags and racetracks to test things like de-interlacing), ATI claims an impressive score of 123. If you have no idea what we're talking about, that's OK--if you're the kind of person who follows video quality benchmarks, we're probably not telling you anything you don't already know.

In more concrete terms, the new drivers help ATI's Avivo playback technology look better by smoothing jaggies and sharpening standard-definition content. It also includes a new Windows MCE Video Conversion utility, allowing users to transcode video into different formats. Presets for video iPods and the Sony PSP are included.