novelty: TV as a backdrop
Computer is pleased to inform that Amiga with the Mediator
busboard is from now on the first hardware, in which
displaying the actual and moving at full speed real
TV broadcasting picture
in the backdrop has become possible.
PCI is now the only PCI busboard for Amiga, whose users
may use TV cards. Apart from this fact, Mediator PCI
is also a pathfinder for new quality standards in the
way PCI TV cards are used in computers.
Displaying the full-quality TV picture with absolutely
100% system performance maintained (irrespective whether
you use a turbo card with PPC/68060 or with 68030) is
now possible with the special method of storing code
for the video capturing processor.
fast SDRAM/SGRAM memory of graphic cards, to which the
TV card sends the digitalised television picture is
used in Mediator PCI also to store program for the TV-card
video and audio capture processor. This means that none
of the operations related to generating the picture
requires any operation outside the PCI bus.
Therefore, performance of TV cards is significantly
enhanced when compared against other computers with
PCI TV cards, in which the video capture processors
must take their code from the computer's main memory.
Inventing this method of co-operation between TV cards
and graphic cards has become possible due to the effort
of our in-house team of programmers, who have written
drivers for both graphic and TV cards.
Software for TV cards for Mediator, which now supports
as many as 50 of the most popular PCI TV cards, enables
a series of different methods of displaying television
The basic method is to display the image in the window
of the pre-set size from the range of 96x72 to 768x576.
Any size of window may be freely scalable at any time.
Scaling the TV picture is executed in real time with
the PCI graphic card's hardware.
When the TV image is displayed as a backdrop, the user
may freely define the colour, which will be automatically
replaced by the graphic card with the moving television
The enclosed screenshots
show television picture samples in Amiga with Mediator
Software for TV cards in Mediator enables a number of
other additional functions, which the TV card may perform.
For example: managing the radio tuner integrated with
the card or using the TV card as a scandoubler / flickerfixer
for displaying the AGA-generated image in the PCI graphic
The software to enable operation of any supported TV
card in the backdrop mode will be made available today
to all the registered users of the Mediator
Multimedia CD package as an update, free of any
MEDIATOR - you are always the first.
And the best.
By the way.
ELBOX COMPUTER, Press Department