Is it possible to have the HTPC play standard DVDs and upscale to the TV's native resolution? If so, this would allow me to ride out the HD and Blu-Ray format struggle. I know that Oppo makes a player that can do this but I'd rather just wait for the high def player.
Assuming that the hardware is capable, is there software that makes this possible?
todays computer screens are "HD" (in a bestbuy definition)... 1280x1024... uh.. 1024p
so dvd video gets scaled up to the displays resolution by whatever software/codec/vidcard used in playback. ffdshow does a good job, mpc's internal codec does a good job, cyberlink's codec does a good job. i cant see a detail difference, just the way they play with colors, brightness, contrast. and cpu cycles.
I think the Nvidia Pure video codec with ffdshow and zoomplayer or Theatertek does an excellent job, provided the source dvd is a good transfer.
I thought The Lord of the Rings extended version looked fantastic.
There is however no comparison to an upscaled dvd and a HD-DVD using a 360 addon.
Even a mediocre HD-DVD transfer looks better than a upscaled dvd. I'm playing films on a 110" diagonal screen so artifacts stand out with dvd's.