Whats the best codec's for HTPC viewing?

Discussion in 'Home Entertainment Computers' started by spazzbecker, Mar 22, 2006.

  1. spazzbecker

    spazzbecker
    Active Member

    Joined:
    May 27, 2004
    Messages:
    110
    Products Owned:
    0
    Products Wanted:
    0
    Trophy Points:
    21
    Ratings:
    +9
    Hi All
    What’s the best codec’s I will be using MCE and Theater Teck.
    Graphics card is a 7800GT ..

    What’s the best FFDshow or NVIDIA codec’s? Would you see the difference in HD or DVD on a 50" Panasonic Plasma (TH50PHD8BS)



    Cheers

    Carl
    :clap: :clap: :clap:
     
  2. dan1979

    dan1979
    Well-known Member

    Joined:
    Sep 16, 2004
    Messages:
    3,539
    Products Owned:
    0
    Products Wanted:
    0
    Trophy Points:
    83
    Ratings:
    +218
    Theatertek comes with the Nvidia codec, ffdshow will work alongside it, not a choice of one or the other. For DVD, HD and avi files there's nothing better.
     
  3. russraff

    russraff
    Active Member

    Joined:
    Aug 1, 2000
    Messages:
    2,483
    Products Owned:
    0
    Products Wanted:
    0
    Trophy Points:
    51
    Location:
    Newcastle
    Ratings:
    +87
    Hmmm. A lot of folk like TheaterTek (TT) and the Nvidia codecs are probably one of the most configurable and best quality. However, TT, on my machine, is very buggy, especially wheen used with ffdshow.
    I have heard lots of good reports of Sonic codecs, too.
     
  4. spazzbecker

    spazzbecker
    Active Member

    Joined:
    May 27, 2004
    Messages:
    110
    Products Owned:
    0
    Products Wanted:
    0
    Trophy Points:
    21
    Ratings:
    +9
    :D

    In theatertek don’t you select FFdshow as the codec to be used so how do the NVIDIA codec's work as well.

    I've looked at FFdshow It's so complicated to set up. I'm looking for the BEST!!! Picture from my new PC (I'm building at the moment) Nearly done

    Mcubed HFX Case all silver with a VFD display
    Mcubed Borg HPC Heat pipe CPU cooler (Passive)
    MCubed Borg HBC GPU Heat pipe cooler (Passive)
    AMD 4200 X2 Dual Core processor
    Nesteq 520W Silent PSU
    EVGA 7800 GT Graphics Card
    Creative XFI Extream Music sound card
    2 x 500GB Maxtors in Silentmaxx enclosures
    2 GB Corsair 3200 DDR
    Sky+ (HD)

    Windows MCE 2005 Theatertek, My movies
    FFdshow???

    This will be going to my Krell Showcase 7 channel amp and Krell showcase processor
    Displayed on a 50" Panasonic TH50PHD8BS

    What you guys think of my build???


    Cheers

    Carl
     
  5. KraGorn

    KraGorn
    Active Member

    Joined:
    Aug 30, 2003
    Messages:
    4,745
    Products Owned:
    0
    Products Wanted:
    0
    Trophy Points:
    68
    Location:
    Warrington
    Ratings:
    +27
    The Sonic codec were the best when TT 1.5 was around, they were 'optimised' for the ATI cards then in common use. Nowadays though I'm not sure they compare well, certainly the Nvidia codec worked a lot better with my ATI 9600 than the Sonic ones did.

    Instability is not something one sees very often with TT so I suspect something on your PC rather than an inherent problem with the player or codecs.


    The 'BEST!!!' image will come from FFDSHOW, you just need to spend a little time with it, it's not hard once you understand the principles though I will agree it does need a little explanation at times. :)

    As for configuring it, you select it as a 'post processor', it's not a codec so doesn't conflict and is not an alternative to whatever MPEG-2 decoder is being used.
     
  6. Nick Cartwright

    Nick Cartwright
    Guest

    Products Owned:
    0
    Products Wanted:
    0
    Ratings:
    +0
    Read the FFDSHOW starter guide on the Theatertek forum, this will get you going.

    Ideally you want to set your desktop resolution to that of your plasma (is this 1:1 pixel mapping?). Then use the FFDSHOW resize option to scale to at least 2x the DVD resolution. Use Lanczos parameter 2 as the algorithm.

    This will give you an exceptionally detailed picture (don't over use any of the sharpness filters as a sharp picture is not always the most detailed). Some judicial use of the unsharpen filter or dScaler sharpness filter can enhance the picture if required.With the nVidia cards is is best to use VMR9 Full Screen (renderless) as this also gives increased detail.

    Remember to place the sharpness filters after the re-size.
     
  7. spazzbecker

    spazzbecker
    Active Member

    Joined:
    May 27, 2004
    Messages:
    110
    Products Owned:
    0
    Products Wanted:
    0
    Trophy Points:
    21
    Ratings:
    +9
    Hi
    What do you mean "Then use the FFDSHOW resize option to scale to at least 2x the DVD resolution."

    Thanks
     
  8. spazzbecker

    spazzbecker
    Active Member

    Joined:
    May 27, 2004
    Messages:
    110
    Products Owned:
    0
    Products Wanted:
    0
    Trophy Points:
    21
    Ratings:
    +9
    *****bump*****
     

Share This Page

Loading...