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Windows 7: What is HDCP?

19 Nov 2009   #1
crimson

Windows 7 Retail
 
 
What is HDCP?

My graphics card says HDCP, but there is no explanation anywhere online of what it does. They tell you what it is. Some of them explain how it works. But there is no example or anything on exactly what happens or how to use it.

So what does it mean if my card is HDCP? Does that mean I'll be able to watch anything on any monitor? I don't get this.


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19 Nov 2009   #2
Dark Nova Gamer

Windows 7 Ultimate, OS X 10.7, Ubuntu 11.04
 
 

I always thought it was 'High Definition Compliant Product' but I am not sure if thats correct or not.
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19 Nov 2009   #3
stormy13
Microsoft MVP

Win 7 Ultimate x64
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by DarkNovaGamer View Post
I always thought it was 'High Definition Compliant Product' but I am not sure if thats correct or not.
Close,

High-bandwidth Digital Content Protection - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
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19 Nov 2009   #4
Dark Nova Gamer

Windows 7 Ultimate, OS X 10.7, Ubuntu 11.04
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by stormy13 View Post
Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by DarkNovaGamer View Post
I always thought it was 'High Definition Compliant Product' but I am not sure if thats correct or not.
Close,

High-bandwidth Digital Content Protection - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Close? lol

Not one word matches mine!
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19 Nov 2009   #5
armyslowrdr

windows 7 Professional 64 Bit
 
 

The way I understand it is if everything in the chain is HDCP compliant, you ought to be able to playback protected High Def content.

The monitor, graphics card and playback device should all be HDCP.
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19 Nov 2009   #6
zigzag3143

Win 8 Release candidate 8400
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by crimson View Post
My graphics card says HDCP, but there is no explanation anywhere online of what it does. They tell you what it is. Some of them explain how it works. But there is no example or anything on exactly what happens or how to use it.

So what does it mean if my card is HDCP? Does that mean I'll be able to watch anything on any monitor? I don't get this.

Hi and welcomue Crimson.

You have been here since may I would think you would have picked up how useful googling something can be.

In 10 secs I found this High-bandwidth Digital Content Protection - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

Hope this helps

Ken J+
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19 Nov 2009   #7
crimson

Windows 7 Retail
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by zigzag3143 View Post
Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by crimson View Post
My graphics card says HDCP, but there is no explanation anywhere online of what it does. They tell you what it is. Some of them explain how it works. But there is no example or anything on exactly what happens or how to use it.

So what does it mean if my card is HDCP? Does that mean I'll be able to watch anything on any monitor? I don't get this.
Hi and welcomue Crimson.

You have been here since may I would think you would have picked up how useful googling something can be.

In 10 secs I found this High-bandwidth Digital Content Protection - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

Hope this helps

Ken J+
Of course not.
Didn't you read the OP?
Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by crimson View Post
there is no explanation anywhere online of what it does. They tell you what it is. Some of them explain how it works. But there is no example or anything on exactly what happens or how to use it.
I don't see the point in posting the wikipedia article that I found in 0.10 secs.

I think it means that some form of media itself would have some sort of HDCP encryption on it. So if you put it in your DVD drive, it won't play if your drive doesn't have HDCP decryption capabilities? IDK. And none of those articles or anything online seem to give any explanation about it other than what it is for and how it works. Nothing about what it actually does.
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19 Nov 2009   #8
torrentg

7600.20510 x86
 
 

It protects content from being copied is what it does. Introduced in Vista.
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19 Nov 2009   #9
crimson

Windows 7 Retail
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by torrentg View Post
It protects content from being copied is what it does. Introduced in Vista.
What content? All it says is that my video card is HDCP. Is there no explanation in the entire internet about it.
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19 Nov 2009   #10
crimson

Windows 7 Retail
 
 

So basically, you will not be able to watch anything HD media with HD encryption unless your monitor is HDCP compliant?
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