Broadcom Crystal HD

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Apple TV 1 users can use these modified/unofficial versions:


Broadcom Crystal HD refers to PCI Express mini cards that do high definition hardware decoding for many video codecs. The cards allow many low-powered systems to handle full bluray quality video, and more. There are two versions, the BCM970012- a full height mini PCIe card, and the BCM970015- a half height card (can be adapted to full height) mini PCIe card. XBMC supports hardware video decoding on both cards on all desktop OS versions including: Mac OS X, Linux, and Windows.

It is highly recommended to go with the BCM970015 over the BCM970012.

BCM970012 BCM970015
BCM970012.png BCM970015.png
  • Full height mini PCIe card
  • Bluray playback with a supported player
  • sometimes stutters in XBMC when seeking for a few seconds
  • Half height mini PCIe card
  • Bluray playback with a supported player
  • no stuttering in XBMC
  • uses less power than BCM970012
  • Flash video support in Windows and Linux
  • GET THIS ONE
Codecs:
  • H.264/AVC HP at L 4.1 1080p/1080i, 40 Mbps
  • SMPTE VC-1 AP at L 3 1080p/1080i, 40 Mbps
  • WMV9 (VC-1 SP and MP)
  • MPEG-2 MP @ ML and HL, 80 Mbps
Codecs:
  • H.264/AVC HP at L 5.1 1080p/1080i, 40 Mbps
  • SMPTE VC-1 AP at L 3 1080p/1080i, 40 Mbps
  • WMV9 (VC-1 SP and MP)
  • MPEG-2 MP @ ML and HL, 80 Mbps
  • DivX 3.11, 4.1, 5.X, 6.X, XviD

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