[mythtv-users] Best approach for TV output (composite/s-video)?

John Kuhn kuhn at razorsys.com
Thu Sep 23 09:49:38 EDT 2004

I think i've tried them all.. and have settled on the PVR-350 TV-out

first i tried a Avermedia Gold 3 scan converter.. this was horrible 
dark.. blurry no amount of adjustment would make it work properly

I then purchased a PNY GF4mx this was much better but still too blurry 
for me and it could not keep up with fast motion (ticker tape would jitter)

so then then decided to try the PVR-350 tv out.. was night and day 
compared to the rest of the options.. picture was crisp and kept up with 
the motion on the tv.. using the X driver for it also allows you to 
watch video thru mythvideo just fine..  only draw backs is no hardware 
acceleration for OpenGL parts of my (music/gallery) it deverts to 
software which can be rather slow depending on your cpu..


Jeff_Mitchell at accessbusinessgroup.com wrote:

>I've been using Myth since about v0.7, and I think I'm finally on the verge
>of buying the equipment for a set-top box, so we can actually watch
>recorded shows on our TV.  I saw the thread started by mladwig at comcast, but
>the TV in that thread accepts component inputs.  Unfortunately, my TV will
>only accept s-video or composite inputs.
>I've seen people mention using NVidia cards with tv-out, and I've seen
>people using the PVR-350s.  The set-top box I have in mind out has enough
>horsepower that it doesn't need the decoding capabilities of the PVR-350,
>but it might be worth it to go ahead and get it if the video quality is
>noticeably better than what I would get from an NVidia card.  (I could
>always use another tuner anyway.)
>Given that we'd probably be using the box for TV, MythVideo, MythMusic, and
>MythGame (as well as some of the other modules -- those are the ones I can
>think that would be graphically intensive (including visualizations in
>MythMusic that might benefit from hardware acceleration)), does anyone have
>suggestions as to which way to go?
>Thanks for reading.  Any advice would be greatly appreciated.
>P.S. I'm subscribed to the digest for this list.  Does anyone know how I
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