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Using a HTPC to enhance laserdisc video?

Discussion in 'Computers' started by Chris Brown, Oct 2, 2002.

  1. Chris Brown

    Chris Brown Well-Known Member

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    I run all my video through my HTPC. I play my DVD’s on my HTPC using a software DVD player with hardware video acceleration, and I run my laserdisc player into the Video-IN on my Radeon 64VIVO. My question, is there any way I can take advantage of my HTPC to somehow make the picture from my laserdisc look better? Right now I’m just using the ATi Video-IN software to play my laserdiscs, is there any options in this program or another program I can use that will somehow help enhance my laserdisc picture or anything? Maybe I should just hook my laserdisc player directly to the TV bypassing the HTPC all together?
     
  2. Jeff Kleist

    Jeff Kleist Well-Known Member

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    It would probably be cheaper to buy a top of the line LD player than any hardware/software that did that
     
  3. Chris Brown

    Chris Brown Well-Known Member

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    I doubt it.

    I already have a fairly good LD player, the Panasonic LX-1000. The really nice players sell sometimes for over a grand, and thats a lot of money.

    I know i've heard of people using software to enhance/clean up a DVD picture, so it seems reasonable to assume there might be software out there that can do the same thing for the video input coming into the computer (after all, my computer doesn't know it's coming from a laserdisc player)
     
  4. Matt DeVillier

    Matt DeVillier Well-Known Member

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    plenty of people use a brooktree/conexant 878 based tuner/capture card and DScaler to do exactly this...so yes it can be done, and yes it is quite beneficial [​IMG]
     
  5. Vince Maskeeper

    Vince Maskeeper Well-Known Member

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    What Matt said. I don't know what "enhancing" you're looking for, but Dscaler will deinterlace, 3-2 pull and scale to output res.

    -Vince
     
  6. Marty Christion

    Marty Christion Well-Known Member

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    I third what Matt and Vince said.
    Capture card ($40) + Dscaler (free) + Powerstrip ($30) = [​IMG] "Holy Cow, I had no idea LD's could look like that!" [​IMG]
    This setup also works for Cable/ Satellite/ VHS...
     
  7. Christopher_J_F

    Christopher_J_F Well-Known Member

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    Greetings!
    I wanted to resurrect this thread because I'm looking into the same thing.

     
  8. Vince Maskeeper

    Vince Maskeeper Well-Known Member

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    Thanks so much Vince!
    That's exactly the reply post I was looking for!
     
  10. Vince Maskeeper

    Vince Maskeeper Well-Known Member

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    I aim to please.
     
  11. Chris PC

    Chris PC Well-Known Member

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    Cool. Since I'm not getting new info in my thread here, I guess this helps. People at AVS are discussing similar stuff too:
    http://www.avsforum.com/avs-vb/showt...hreadid=228744
    Looks like there are different cards and different chips etc etc. Flyvideo 2000 seems to be good but I haven't read the exhaustively long thread in its entirety yet.
    [​IMG]
     

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