DVD on computer monitor

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  1. ChrisBoyde

    ChrisBoyde Auditioning

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    Ok my computer monitor supports a max of 1600x1200 and I belive 480p is quite lower than that (isn't 720p lower too)? So If I can run this res can I get HDDVD on my computer monitor with my dvd-rom?
     
  2. Scott L

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    No because:

    1) HD-DVD isn't out yet and may not come out at all (blu-ray instead)

    2) If the DVD Forum does decide on a standard for the "HD-DVD" it will probably use blue-laser, meaning you'd have to buy a new HD-DVD-ROM.

    But your monitor can technically display all of 1080p when a new format comes out.
     
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    No. But that Terminator 2 extreme edition has a thing where you can watch the movie in 1080 with wmp 9. But apparently your computer has to be pretty fast.
     
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    It's not 1080, it's approx 720p

    Yes you need 2GHz+ to run it full res
     
  5. RobertR

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    Quote from an AVS thread on the T2 WM version:

     
  6. ChrisBoyde

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    I didn't mean the new HDDVD format sorry I'll try to be more clear. What I meant was can my computer monitor act as a HDTV (I mean it's capable of a res over 720p). So why can't I watch my DVD's on my computer in 720p or 480p like if I had a HDTV and a progressive scan dvd player?

    Oh and I did download the 720p version of the T2 extreme trailer from http://windowsmedia.com/9series/Demo...deoQuality.asp
    it plays fine on my comp even with my older Radeon 7000.
     
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  8. Rob Gardiner

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    Chris, I think I understand exactly what you're asking.

    YES, when you play DVDs on your PC, hooked up to a 1600 x 1200 monitor, the DVD image will be scaled to your selected resolution. This provides a much more film-like image. At 800 x 600 and below you can still clearly see the gaps between the scan lines, but once you hit 1024 x 768 and above, the scan lines blend together into a smooth, silky image. [​IMG]

    My favorite demo bit for this phenomenon is the FOX logo on the Cleopatra disc. Play this disc with PowerDVD and pause the logo. Switch between 640 x 680 and your max resolution. Notice how the top of the "0" in 20 looks like a bunch of horizontal line segments stacked on top of one another at 640 x 480, but looks completely solid at hi-res.

    Enjoy! [​IMG]
     
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    Yes, generally speaking, just add a "P" to the second number of a resolution to get the equivilant DVD/HD resolution.

    Thus, 1600x1200 would equal 1200P! It's amazing to think that everyone already has "HDTV's" sitting on top of their desks.
     
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