Badaboom 1.1.1 ReviewZertz - April 7, 2009
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You can try Badaboom for thirty days and if it's good enough to have you convinced, it is sold online through the NVIDIA store for a reasonable $30 plus applicable taxes. Once you have purchased, downloaded and installed Badaboom, you will be greeted with the window pictured below. The interface is nothing short of simple and easy to use, while the black and green color theme reminds you this is an nVidia-related product. The input video file is to be chosen on left side. Badaboom can read from unprotected discs, video files or a VIDEO_TS folder, which is essentially a DVD rip. On the far right, you can choose which device you wish Badaboom to output to. The major difference between them is the resolution, since none of the portable devices use the same screen resolution and aspect ratio. Scrolling down that list will reveal other devices Badaboom can directly output video, ranging from Apple products, the BlackBerry Bold, Sony's PlayStation 3, Microsoft's Xbox 360 and Zune, or you can choose a custom format output. You can choose to transcode directly from this screen, although it only gives you the chance to choose the video's bitrate.
If you feel you are missing on features, you'll want to hit the Advanced button. Once you have chosen the output format that pleases you, you are presented with some more options that, by the way, are the same no matter which output you chose. The first tab, Video Decoder, let's you select how many frames you wish to transcode just in case you don't want the whole video. The Video Encoder tab is where you choose which H.264 profile you wish to use. Main is simply higher quality, but, besides Sony PSP, none of the other portable devices support it. This is also where you get to choose the video bitrate. Every output can be lowered to 500 Kbps, leading to a tiny file of equally tiny quality. Using the custom media player output, the output can be increased to 25 Mbps, more than enough even for high definition content.
The next tab leaves you with the choice of the output resolution, from 320x240 to a whooping 1920x1080. You should also choose "Fill to aspect" on the following drop down menu unless you enjoy distorted images. The final tab, Audio settings, let's you select the bitrate at which the sound should be output, between 16 Kbps and a more respectable 320 Kbps.
Let's see if Badaboom and its graphic card can keep up with a modern processor.