[mythtv-users] Video Card Recommendations for TV Out

Joseph Jamieson jjamieson at futurefoundations.com
Fri Mar 28 18:44:27 UTC 2003

Brian Wrote: 

> For the time being, I settled on a solution I found to be very
> good and relatively cheap.  I picked up a G450 on ebay (thinking
> it would do everything, but no).  But instead of trying card after
> card, I bought a signal converter, hooked up screen 1 to the 
> converter (since only head 1 has XV support), but a cheap 13"
> monitor on head 2 as a console.  The video quality is very good;
> much better than my TI4200 with TVout on another machine,
>  and the total price was
> in line with other possible solutions.  And my confidence that
> it was going to work was much higher.  With the signal converter,
> the video card becomes almost irrelavent with only XV support needed.

Yea, I've tried scan convertors.   They can work well, and it also
depends on what type of signal they receive.

I have a TVAtor, and a fancy one with a remote control.   The TVAtor is
an inferior unit, but performs better hooked up to the Geforce then the
expensive one.   The expensive one works better on my ATI board and most
other boards.

The cool thing about the expensive unit is that it handles almost any
resolution.   I can pump out 1280x1024 at 75Hz, and it resizes the image
perfectly on the screen.  Obviously you can't read any small text, but
it displays the picture none-the-less.

Scan convertors are an excellent way to get TV-Out on your PC, but your
mileage may vary.  It might look great, or it could look like soup.

While I'm posting to the board, what is the "real" resolution of NTSC?
So many times I've seen "The practical limit is 640x480" but what is the
actual signal?

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