After some reading trying to get my setup just right I am not so sure I have this correct yet. I followed this guide to the T, however the final result seems no better than just installing MPC-HC and not changing a thing. Also, it sounds like the voices in the movie have kinda gotten quieter but the action scenes seem louder, so I keep having to adjust the sound level to compensate per scene.
SO, I thought I better ask if the guide works out Ok for my machine/setup and if there is anything I can tweak to pull more PQ from the end result. My setup consists of the following:
Windows 7 x64 (fresh install and all updates, check)
Asus Rampage III Extreme x58
Intel i7-930 (overclocked to 4Ghz)
AMD Radeon 5870 using Catalyst 12.8 (stock clocks)
Catalyst software says my TV reports 1920x1080 @ 60hz refresh rate. So, how do I take advantage of my 120hz TV?
MPC-HC x86 version is 18.104.22.16886 (747bc34)
All other software are latest versions.
TV:Sony 55" BRAVIA A Series SXRD
TV has "MotionFlow 120HZ" and 1080/24p capable input.
Sound comes from the 5870's built in sound chip and output through HDMI.
TV Sound Decoding: Dolby Digital AC3/ATSC Only.
I am only using my TV's sound system as I have no receiver, because the last one just abruptly stopped working and I have not bothered to replace it yet
, so the Radeon 5870 is directly connected straight to the TV via HDMI. Not to concerned with sound anyway. However, I want the best possible PQ this computer/TV combo can provide from mostly 720p rips. We have well over 600 DVD's (probably more since I stopped counting at 600) and at last count 240'ish BD's. The top 100 best DVD's have been ripped and converted into MKV years ago with file sizes ranging on average 4-7gb. And 90% of the BD's have been ripped and re-encoded into 720p format with file sizes ranging from 5-10gb based solely on how much I like the movie, haha. Only the very best Movies got treated to 1080p (i.e Avatar, Planet Earth, etc) Trying to not keep investing in hard drives so I currently have 2.7 TB of movie backups. Also, not really concerned with BD playback as our stand alone BD player works great for the new movies we bring home each week, lol (not to mention it does a fantastic job of DVD up-converting as well)... So, really I am looking for the best 720p and 480p mkv PQ playback, with file sizes around 10gb and under. I read madVR was excellent, however I see no difference, or should I say no PQ increase from the stock mpc-hc settings, or am I blind? Video has been extremely buttery smooth in either situation.
Also, if it makes any difference the files are being streamed from a Home Server 2011 machine over ethernet.
So really my only question is, was the Guide here OK for my setup or should I try different settings to tailor it to my specific config? Thank you...