[mythtv] improving quality of capture/playback

Larry Matter mythtv-dev@snowman.net
Fri, 6 Dec 2002 09:36:44 -0800 (PST)

> I have an HD TV and It makes 1024x768 (It has
> PC-VGA input)

This is interesting.  In thinking about this issue, it occured to me that
a big part of the problem is "dumbing down" the signal to TV
(under/overscan, etc).  Why not just buy a really nice monitor instead
trying so hard to get it to look good on a TV?  Of course, I know a big
monitor is a lot of money, but if you are in the market for a new big
screen or whatever, maybe this is the way to go.  Obviously not for

> My processor is an MAD-XP1800  ;-P  (that now you can get super cheap
> from www.compgeeks.com)

I have an AMD tbird 1200 with 512MB DDR memory.  The performance seems
fine; it's the artifacts and washed out colors I want to work on.

> Just my two simplistic cents...


> Roberto
> ----- Original Message -----
> From: "Larry Matter" <mythtv@matter.net>
> To: <mythtv-dev@snowman.net>
> Sent: Friday, December 06, 2002 9:55 AM
> Subject: [mythtv] improving quality of capture/playback
>> So, again, I want to say how impressed I am with mythtv.  Had it
>> working in no time recording my favorite show, and nobody popped my
>> blank tape out so they could watch Barney :-)
>> But now I want more.  My in-laws have a Tivo (and a big screen tv) so
>> I have seen the quality of the video.   It seemed as good as regular
>> tv to me (or good enough anyway).
>> The capture that I get with my Pinnacle pctv pro however, while
>> definitely watchable, has obviously gone through compression.  How can
>> I get a picture approaching the quality of Tivo?  Is it a hardware
>> limitation or software/CPU or both?  Will it cost mucho $$$ to get
>> there or can I just tweak some settings and or upgrade CPU?  Perhaps
>> just adjusting screen resolutions?
>> I have been watching all of the hardware related threads (dxr3, USB
>> capture, etc) in hopes of finding the cheap-and-holy grail. Is it out
>> there?
>> Thanks!
>> Larry
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