|Originally posted by isamu
I was just going to ask about this solution! So it works well with games too eh? Interesting but let me ask you, does the IScan HD+ yield a better picture than a software scaler via an HTPC? If not, why did you decide to go this(more expensive) route? Why not do like Cush and Redd and go the HTPC route?
Cush? Redd? HTPC>>>>>IScan HD+?
Yes it does work well with games.
I think the solution comes down to individual preference. Some people prefer to have a rack of components for specific tasks - a progressive DVD player unit, a dedicated audio processor, a dedicated hardware descaler, TIVO, etc.
I prefer using an HTPC for as many functions as it is capable of, and so it does everything except the sound.
There are advantages to each. The first method is more straight-forward. (I have a progressive scan DVD player hooked up to the TV - all my wife has to do is push one button on the remote and everything turns on and starts up. However I get a better picture from the computer [600p vs 480p] so I use the HTPC.)
I find the HTPC more flexible and generally more economical (after the initial purchase I suppose!) with comparable quality. I also like experimenting, and PC's allow so many options... My HTPC is my older model PC, so rather than sitting idle, it is being put to good use.
As far as de-interlacing the signal, there are a few options:
- use a dedicated box (e.g. iScan)
- use video capture card and software
- use an in-built solution (many HDTVs and projectors include this ability, often mis-labelling it 'line doubling', but in general they are not as good as the above, unless they use an iScan/Farajouda (sp?) chip