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HTPC as a Video Processor

Discussion in 'Desktop & Laptop Computers Forum' started by calvinhobbes, Nov 26, 2004.

  1. calvinhobbes

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    Hi All

    Basic questions, so please excuse my ignorance:

    1. How do you turn a PC into a video processor?

    Presumably you need a video capture card, but are there any that can:
    1. Take RGB, Scart and DVI In
    2. Put out RGB, Scart and DVI Out?

    2. What software do you need to do the processing

    3. Is the combination of the software and video capture card good enough to replace a proper external hardware video processor such as DVDO or Lumagen?

    Thanks a lot
     
  2. Gary Lightfoot

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    Similarly can you use this with a Radeon 9700 Pro?
     
  4. Gary Lightfoot

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    Yes - any graphics card really, it's just that the 9600 model and above have a better mpg deblocking ability than the lower numbers (when in hardware mode).

    The non pro version is preferred as it's fan less and therefore less noisy.

    I don't have a Sweetspot card, but it looks ideal for processing other sources and can allow the HTPC to act as a single source rather than having to run lots of cables to the pj or through a switcher device.

    Gary.
     
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    I plan to get the sweetspot card and a radion 9700 Pro (as I can then play games on it and its only £93 inc) the fan doesnt matter as the pc is in the room above the PJ.
     
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    Is there a way of video capturing output from a set top box via scart / component, upconverting it on the HTPC and then outputing it to the TV?
     
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    That's what the Sweetspot does, as Gary described :) .. I had one once for viewing my NTL STB on my projector.
     
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    A much cheaper (and a less quality) way of capturing is to use something like Pinnacles PCTV Rave card, and use DSCaler software to deinterlace and scale the image on the PC. You connect the output as s-video or composite into the card - it doesn't have any rgb connections. That's why the card is only £30. I used to use this combination myself at one time, but as I don't watch tv on my pj, I haven't tried it with DScaler 4. 3 worked OK. The card was a little noisy (video wise), but the image wasn't too bad.

    The Sweetspot does seem the best choice overall though for it's improved quality and choice of connections.

    Gary.
     

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