It might explain some peoples assertions that WinDVD looks better. I have always used WinDVD but thought the differences were more perception than reality, thinking that both cards outputed the same overlay graphic to the video card. I guess I was wrong.
PowerDVD might need a little tune up to correct the problem. If it already has, please let me know.
The Mothership is now boarding.
[This message has been edited by MrWigggles (edited 05-05-2001).]
___I am now wondering this â€¦ what if Stacey and Don had used PowerDVDâ€™s capture utility? Would the streaking artifacts have shown up on the captured jpgâ€™s? I am also wondering if SW DVD players via HTPCâ€™s are so good because they not only scale in the digital domain but by all appearances, they can do anything they were designed to do (various sampling algorithms) on the fly. Finally, the upgrade of a SW DVD player is only a download or new video card away (consider BBQâ€™s find in the WinDVD 2000 ver. 2.6.4 patch from a few months ago or the Radeon swap from the GeForce2â€™s as an example). As long as the target HTPC or video card has the HP to run the algorithms, HTPCâ€™s can perform wonders for this one artifact that Stacey and Don have posted about in particular.
___I would be interested in Stacey and or Donâ€™s comments on this. I know Don had some serious reservations as far as the HTPC was concerned in his initial Progressive Player shootout. Many of us had given him tips on how to improve on his HTPC experience afterwards because of misconfigured SW and HW and I always wondered if he had used any of the information in the setups of HTPCâ€™s following his initial shootout. Given the artifact shown in the article, I wonder if he has newfound respect for the HTPC in its many forms now? With the WinDVD 2.6.4 patch, the ATI 4.1 player (I would not want him using this for a shootout anyway), and the Radeon of any variant but the â€œVEâ€ being used as the video card of choice, both Staceyâ€™s and Donâ€™s comments would very appropriate here.