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HTPC scaling options?

post #1 of 4
Thread Starter 
I hope to totally overhaul my home theater in the near future. My goals are:
  • 10~12' wide DIY 2.4:1 screen
  • DIY masking system (probably using a simple motorized drapery controller and floor-to-ceiling curtains)
  • DIY anamorphic lens
  • HD-HTPC
  • 1080P projector
If I was buying a projector today, I'd probably go with the Epson 8350 - but it doesn't have vertical stretch, so I'm looking at doing that in the HTPC. My questions...
  1. In addition to using the HTPC to vertically stretch cinemascope content, is there some way I can manipulate other source material with varying aspect ratios so that the anamorphic lens can be left in place all the time? (OK, most of the time - I'd still have to disengage it for sources other than the HTPC.)
  2. Is my receiver (an Onkyo TX-SR607) going to have a fit about these strangely stretched/distorted video signals I'll be routing through it?
post #2 of 4
The scaling you can do depends on your playback software. Players like Zoom Player and MPC-HC allow you to define custom aspect ratios which should cover your needs.

I don't think your receiver will care, it'll still see a 1080p/60 or 1080p/24 signal.
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Thread Starter 
Thanks for the response. MPC-HC is probably what I'll use. It's been a long time since I've played around with it. Sounds like it has come a long way!
post #4 of 4
If you want, try ffdshow. It provides lot of options, different filtering, scaling and sharpening algorithms, coupled with various values. But that also means bigger learning curve.
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