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Opinions on Realmagic Hollywood Plus on TV

Discussion in 'Desktop & Laptop Computers Forum' started by zoolap, Feb 1, 2002.

  1. zoolap

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    I was wondering if anyone here has a Realmagic Hollywood plus and what their opinions were on image quality when linked to tv via svideo. Mine is not in my main pc at the moment so I can't test it out. I remember the main problem was that if you were using the tv-out there was no way to see the desktop than to have a monitor plugged into the vga card or to have a tv-out on the vga card connected to another socket on the tv. I have a Loewe vitros, no vga socket though. The advantage with the hollywood plus is that i can put it in an old lower spec machine.
     
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    the pic from the h+ on a tv is great . every bit as good as a standalone dvd player if you ask me .

    you are right about it only outputing the dvd image though . you will need a mon hooked up aswell so you can use it or a tv out on the vid card :(
     
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    Zoolap,
    I had been using the excellent H+ for almost two years (it compares
    very well to the mid-price standalone players at that time for a
    fraction of the price) before I moved to a HCPC based on software dvd
    players such as Power DVD, WinDVD, etc.
    The picture improvement of this progressive scan signal over the
    interlaced s-video from H+ is significant. You get the film-like picture
    which can be futher improved by newer graphic cards and software
    players.
    I haven't visited the SigmaDesigns newsgroup recently, I wonder they
    sort out the drivers problems yet. When I used the H+ with 1.82 driver,
    I have stuterring and freezing problems from time to time.
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    if you use the H+ card and its s-video output, changing your VGA card will not make any difference at all!!

    As the H+ is a hardware decoder card, with s-video and digital audio out. If you use the VGa card to output the dvd signal, then you are using the overlay signal of the H+, and this is rubbish quality. Only use overlay if you have no other choice.
     
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    i actualy use my h+ at 1024X768 75hz to run my crt projector and am quite happy with it .

    i have the latest 2.3 drivers (the dts output is handy) if you try to just use it as is it tends to flutter and jurk ect . a bit of fine tunning in the setup menu though and it looks more than ok .

    i have tryed most software dvd players powerdvd windvd ect and i have allways thought they had a lot of grain and more stepping than i like . plus i have never been able to get the spdif out to work on my sound card . so i have just stuck with the h+

    most people have a lot bad to say about the h+. i have nothing but good things to say .

    another big advantage of the h+ is that i only realy have room for one pc in the room . this is what i use for everything . with the h+ i can have things running in the background . downloads ect and still get very smooth playback . this is not acheivable with the software players . have anything running with these and you have nothing but problems :(
     

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