Microsoft’s Murray Vince yesterday revealed that Windows 7 features native support for GPU accelerated video transcoding.
Vince announced this interesting development during Nvidia’s pre-Computex shindig, where he joined Drew Henry on stage.
The implementation was seamless as Henry simply dragged and dropped the high definition video file onto a Sony Walkman portable media player in Windows Explorer, where it automatically started transferring the file onto the Walkman.
The demo included an Ion-based machine and another, similarly specced machine without Nvidia integrated graphics – the Nvidia-based machine finished the transcoding task around five times faster than the Atom-based PC with Intel integrated graphics, taking just over 1 minute 30 to complete.
Vince said that you can treat media as easily portable content with Windows 7 – “it’s conveniently capable across multiple devices,
” he added.
With native support for features like this, it’s easy to understand why Huang is so excited about Windows 7. “DirectX Compute is the most important API in Windows 7,
” proclaimed Henry as Vince returned to his seat in the audience.
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