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Pixel Plus in a box?

Discussion in 'Projectors, Screens & Video Processors' started by Only777, Oct 25, 2004.

  1. Only777

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    Hi,

    I'm wondering if there is anything that produces an image as smooth as pixel plus.

    I have a Samsung LCD tv and would also like to take advantage of the higher resolutions this TV can produce.

    Would something like the Iscan smooth out movement? or is there any PC program that can do it?
     
  2. David PluggedIn

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    Hi

    If you want to do it via PC then you have a number of options - see http://www.pluggedin.tv/sweetspot/support/faq.html#2 for more information. Its pretty much accepted that SweetSpot is the best real-world PC solution.

    A standalone video processor will do a great job as well of course - whether or not you go for a standalone or a PC based system depends on how important "instant on/ease of use" is to you versus the fact that a PC allows you to turn your display in to a multi-media system.

    if you need any more information then drop us a line.

    regards
     
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    Personally, if my scaler (hardware or PC based) produced an image like pixel plus, then I'd demand my money back.

    The Iscan is a good choice. A PC with a suitable capture card and DScaler will also work effectively.
     
  4. Only777

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    Pixel plus, the "Marmite" of digital processing :)

    Is a PC with a sweetspot card as good as the Iscan?

    Will either solution create the smooth pans of Pixel Plus?
     
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    It's worse than that ! At least with Marmite you either love it or hate it. With Pixel Plus you love it one minute, on one channel, and loathe it the next. It's too source dependant, and therefore inconsistent. It's driven me mad since March when I got my Philips Plasma. Will be ordering iscan HD today to (hopefully) sort problem once and for all. Just wordering what to do with the Pixel Plus media box - maybe useful as a door jam ?
     
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    maybe useful as a door jam ?

    All this talk of Marmite and jam is making me feel hungry.
     
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    What connections does the media box have?
     
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    4 scart (1 RGB / Composite, 1 RGB / S-Video, and 2 Composite only.
    1 Component (Y Pr Pb)
    1 front input (camcorder etc.) Composite / S-Video + 2 Ch audio.
    1 VGA input
     
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    I use Sweetspot+Dscaler with my BD801s. It is good. On film based material with 2:2 pulldown, it's comparable to the Centerstage CS-1, without any of the sync instability hassles. Video deinterlacing is pretty good. Since I use an X-card and also indulge in WMF-HD playback with zoomplayer-pro, I'm quite happy to use a PC as the hub of my set up.
     
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    Will it work with other displays? or just philips?
     
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    I really don't know, but no doubt others on this forum will know more than me.
     
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    What advantage does the sweetspot card over say a normal PCI capture card that has s-video in?
     
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    You're not just limited to composite/s-vid. It also captures RGB & component.
     
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    SweetSpot also now has an SDI input option, so you can connect up suitably modified DVD players or set top boxes (e.g. Sky) to bypass analogue inputs completely for those sources.

    no, I didnt say 'sauces' :)

    my personal view is that I also dont like pixel plus, indeed many of the video processing modes built in to high end TVs just look hideous IMHO, with loads of blocking and posterising.
     

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