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HTPC software required?

Discussion in 'Desktop & Laptop Computers Forum' started by garyc, Oct 12, 2005.

  1. garyc

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    Hi,

    Just built this htpc for running a crt projector. so far the spec is as follows:-

    pent4 3.0ghz, 512mb ram etc etc.....
    windows xp
    theatertek
    pb-tv100
    ati remote bob

    But what else do I need to get to do the video scaling/de-interlacig stuff inorder to get a nice picture on a crt projector?

    havn't got a capture card yet(sweetspot) for inputing an external source but will look at that later

    please help - going around in circles :confused:

    cheers

    Gary
     
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    well the PB TV-100 has a pretty good svideo input so you could use that before you decide to upgrade to the sweetspot. (I've had both the sweetspot is better but you might feel its not a significant enough improvement depending on source).

    You might want to dabble with ffdshow in conjunction with Theatertek.

    You might want to consider a digital tuner card like the Nebula digiTV.
     
  3. garyc

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    Hi Keith,

    Thanx - so will ffdshow do all the video processing that I'll need i.e scaling/de-interlacing while using theatertek as the dvd player?

    cheers

    Gary
     
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    ffdshow isn't a necessity but it helps improve the quality a significant amount especially on large displays.

    You'll find a lot of info and advice on using ffdshow on the theatertek.

    Its not however necessary for deinterlacing and scaling , your software and hardware will handle that as a matter of course. How good a job it does is something ffdshow can perhaps improve on.
     
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    Try Media Portal It's open source and free! It takes a bit of setting up but lets you run your codecs of choice, dscaler, ffdshow etc...

    Also lets you catalogue your DVDs with IMDB info and, even better, plays FLAC files!
     

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