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Scalers and HTPC

Discussion in 'Projectors, Screens & Video Processors' started by rigman, Mar 17, 2001.

  1. rigman

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    Am I right in assuming that a HTPC is only used for scaling from a DVD ROM drive contained within the PC and there is no way of inputting any other source via the PC.
    If so that means if you want to scale other sources e.g Sky, video, game consoles then you can only use a dedicated video processor.
    Would the picture on a CRT be better via a processor and a normal DVD player rather than a high end HTPC.
    If not then why are people willing to spend so much on a processor when a much cheaper PC can do the job. Is it just a convenience thing e.g you dont have to wait for the PC to boot up. Are processors only really suitable for CRT's and there would be no discernable difference on say a 36" widescreen TV when viewing video?
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    No, you can use free software dTV downloadable from http://deinterlace.sourceforge.net/
    in conjunction with a WinTV card like the £40 Pinnacle from PC World. The card has an s-video and composite input. Feed in anything from video, satellite etc and dTV outputs high quality progressive scan video which you can feed into your projector.
    Depends on a few things like which processor and which HCPC. But generally, pound for pound, yes, very much so.

    People will buy dedicated boxes because of the inconvenience of PCs.
    The point of using a PC is to take the progrssive scan VGA output and feed it into an appropriate video device like a plasma display or ideally a projector.
    You can't feed the input into a normal telly.
     
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    The current view is that for well mastered DVD sources HTPC is not only the best value but also gives the best picture. If you can get round the noise and the usability issues then this is pretty much the best picture you can get. Having said that some people (mostly those who have shelled out big bucks for one) say they prefer the softer faroudja dvp3000 output.

    For TV/Sky/VCR etc it is less clear cut, if you have a HTPC already then adding a cheap card and dTV is going to be the best value but the picture is not yet as good as the best dedicated scalers on non film sources stuff (news/sports/soaps), on film sourced stuff drama/nature/films it should be about the same.

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