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Dragan, please don't be offended -I hold you in high esteem.
However, the best scalers that have HDMI inputs already do the digital conversion + transcoding (with the correct sampling space/depth) and output to analog RGBHV (this is the shortest video chain with regard to D/A processing).
Alot of people use this config: HDMI signal from source --> VP ---> Moome/HDFury -> Projector. I believe the D/A conversion that high end VPs use utilise a superior chip(set) than the Moome/HDFury. (I'm not poo-pooing the Moome or the HDFury, for their price they are brilliant and excel if you don't have a VP)
In my case, (with a HDMI source) I use a HDFury after my VP as it feeds my Barco's Port 3 (which I prefer). Strictly speaking, if I had a modded/better Port 5 would feed that the RGBHV output from my VP for the 'best image'
Bear in mind that the best scalers have excellent gamma control which is far superior to the Moome gamma control (which is LowIRE only) - EG, My Crystalio 2 has low IRE, high IRE, S-curve, custom master or custom on each R,G, or B. That's a lot more control than the Moome.
If you output HDMI from your source --> Moome (or HDFury) --> PJ you don't get any of the benefits of image processing. When talking about hi-end processing like VXP or HQV, this is the type of processing you definately want. Thes forms of processing makes SD very HD like and HD even better.
Furthermore, a really good VP will deinterlace much better than most sources do by themselves . VP Manufacturers always advise you to input an interlaced feed into your VP (1080i) which your VP will deinterlace into a progressive image that is much better than if pre-deinterlaced by the source.
If you don't have a good scaler though - the shortest video path with the least amount of processing is source --> moome/hdfury --> projector. Yes this can be a great image but have no illusions - a (high quality) VP will improve the PQ to another level.
As for HDCP stripping - any device which outputs an analog signal is stripping HDCP, even if the device is HDCP compliant. There is no provision for HDCP using an analog signal transport.
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