ATI Avivo HD Video Converter Overview

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ATI Avivo HD is AMD’s offering for advanced high-definition video transcoding. It delivers full HD disc playback with hardware-based Unified Video Decoding capability and can use its graphic card line’s built-in HDMI with multi-channel HD surround audio to output high-quality videos. Avivo HD incorporates ATI’s Stream technology to accelerate the conversion of standard and HD video into multiple formats for use on different consumer electronics devices like the iPhone, PSP, and Zune.

 

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Easy Setup Wizard menu

To access Avivo, users will need to open ATI’s Catalyst Control Center and pick the “Easy Wizard Setup” option instead of the usual advanced settings option. This leads to the screen above that has a couple different wizard options to open Avivo as well as configure display settings. To open Avivo, select the ATI Avivo Video Converter option and press Go.

 

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Step 1 screen – select input source and output folder

Avivo HD is a non-flashy, simplified transcoding application that uses a two-step process to walk consumers through transcoding their original video files into different formats that can be used in a variety of devices. The first screen you arrive at after opening Avivo has options for entering the location of the input file as well as setting the output folder to the  user’s desired location. Users can also set Avivo to generate auto-numbered files.

 

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Step 1 screen with input file added and output folder selected

This is what the Step 1 screen looks like after you add your input file location and set the output folder location. Users should also notice that Avivo HD provides some basic information about the input file including bit rate, frame rate, aspect ratio, resolution, file size, and duration.

 

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Step 2 screen – Configure output video format and quality settings

The second step in the process is configuring your video output options. Avivo supports a wide range of output options including WMV, H.264 (1080p and 720), MPEG-2 (1080p and 720), MPEG-1, video CD, super video CD, MPEG-4, and DVD. Users can also select the quality of their videos to help manage file size better. File sizes are always dependent on how high the quality settings are.

 

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Step 2, screen – Confirm video format, output quality, and output file name

After users select their video formats and output quality, they will also need to rename the output file unless then want to keep the same name as the original input file. If everything looks correct, users can press the next button to start transcoding their video.

That’s as simple as it gets folks. There aren’t any video editing options with Avivo HD, which is a bit disappointing considering the other options available on the market – even free open source options have more features. But, for a free application, it definitely should be considered by those who own ATI graphics cards. It does the job for basic video transcoding and works quickly thanks to ATI Stream. Later in the review, we will discuss the image quality we noticed from our outputted videos we used for benchmarking.

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