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Console to TFT monitor....

Discussion in 'Projectors, Screens & Video Processors' started by gurujockstrap, Feb 3, 2005.

  1. gurujockstrap

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    My first post here so please be gentle. :)

    Ok, basically, I want to connect my Gamecube console to my TFT monitor.

    Now, I understand the IQ won't be superb (going from native res of 1280x1024 to 640x480) but basically my I'm pushed for space in my small room, otherwise I would have gone for a 15" TV and used Scart.

    Heres what I understand.

    The Gamecube console outputs an interlaced PAL signal at a resolution of 640x480 (480i I believe) at a frequency of 50 or 60Hz.

    The 50Hz will be a problem on my TFT as I don't think the vertical rates goes as low as 50Hz (believe its around 54Hz), but this isn't a problem as I want 60Hz and this can be easily selected and is supported on all of my games.

    I also have a few imported American games that support progressive scan (480p).

    The TFT monitor should handle the progressive signal ok but cannot display an interlaced signal so it has to be de-interlaced.

    This is where I'll be needing a video scaler box.

    I will be using component leads via the digital port at the rear of the console as this will give me the best signal possible.

    I managed to find a lot of convertors that are able to take a 480i or a 480p signal from the console and convert it to RGB for a computer display.

    In my noobness, I purchased a VD-Z3 Component>VGA Transcoder:
    http://www.vdigi.com/index.php?option=content&task=blogcategory&id=67&Itemid=28

    Perfect for my American games, but useless for my 12 other PAL games. :oops:

    So what I really need is a unit that can do both.

    Something that can take a 480p or 480i signal and convert it to RGB (What goes in, comes out).

    Does anybody have any experience/recommendations/advice?

    I have found a few that on paper, appear to do the job.

    http://www.stavekirk.co.uk/multimedia/multimedia-detail.asp?productID=28- Emailed these guys any they were very helpful.

    http://www.scancom.ltd.uk/products/cypress/cyu-343.htm - Not so helpful. Sent an email over a week ago and no reply.

    http://www.audioauthority.com/aacconsumers/9a65detc.html - From America. Don't really want to import it as it could get very costly with custom charges, also the hassle of sending it back if the IQ isn't up to scratch.

    Has anybody used any of these units?

    Any advice would be greatly appreciated. :)

    Apologies for the long post.
     
  2. monsteria

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    Hi,

    Did you manage to find an alternative transcoder that would switch between interlaced and progressive signals?

    Are you looking to sell your Z3 unit?

    Cheers

    P
     

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