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Watching WMV Hi-def on pc

Discussion in 'Televisions' started by McGraw, Mar 3, 2005.

  1. McGraw

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    I have a 3.2 Ghz pc with a 256 mb graphics card so I meet the min specs for hi-def Windows media files.

    I also have an lcd monitor tha runs at max 1280x1024.

    I am in the process of downloading some test material at 720p.

    The question is, what resolution should I set my monitor to?

    Do I need a custom res to get the best picture or will scaling happen no matter what.

    Thanks a lot.
     
  2. Master Rahl

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    No. Just set it to 1280x1024. The empty spaces at the top and bottom will be blacked out by Windows Media Player.
     
  3. Stephen Neal

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    Your display is 4:3 1280x1024. The 720p Windows Media will be 16:9 1280x720. The horizontal resolution is identical. When the 16:9 material is displayed it will be letterboxed to the central 720 lines, and not require scaling in either direction.

    You won't need to scale or change the resolution. The 304 extra lines on your 4:3 display (1024-720) will contain black, 152 lines above and below the active 720 line picture.
     
  4. McGraw

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    Thanks very much.
     
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    And it does look fantastic :) There's quite a lot of trailers etc on Microsoft's WMV-HD site. Also a German company has released some DVDs with WMV-HD films on, I have Underworld: Director's Cut and Tomb Raider...maybe not the best choice ;)
     
  6. mattross

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    Incidentally, Windows Media Player requires a lot more resources to play HD WMV than Zoom Player Pro WMV. On my lowly 1.4GHz AMD Thunderbird PC with a 128MB Geforce 2 GTS graphics card I can get HD sources playing perfectly, with the audio fully synched, as long as I use Zoom Player. With WMP it's horrible, the audio and picture stutters continually.
     
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    From reading the AVS forum I think WMP has something in it which tries to keep audio and video synced which keeps it juddering. Obviously not doing a very good job though :)

    Does ZoomPlayer support WMA5.1? I have an NForce2 mobo which converts the tracks to DD5.1 when I use WMP.
     
  8. mattross

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    I believe it uses whatever codecs are already installed by WMP. Not sure though as I only use mine currently to play on my PC monitor with crappy monitor-mounted speakers. I need a better soundcard with SPDIF and a graphics card with DVI out before I can test it properly.
     
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    Cheers for the info will be testing & if it all works out i could save a bundle when i build my HTPC
     

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