There may be an option, however. Software based HDTV programs, most notably FusionHDTV, are now allowing smooth playback of HDTV streams on systems as low as 1Ghz (my 1G celeron with Radeon 7200 plays back HiPix files in software just fine). So we are entering the world where, just like software based DVD players, you can have any resolution your video card will support.
Bad news: FusionHDTV software is not being sold stand alone (yet, anyway).
Hi, Andy. Been a while. I still use your DVSpoof software almost daily. I cannot convince myself to make the jump to DVHS when the JVC unit is so flakey, and when I can get Digital8 tapes for less than 1/3 the cost per hour of HDTV recording than D-VHS tapes. Thanks again for the great work you did on that program.
I have tested WinDVD, but my HTPC system (1G celeron) was not nearly enough to make it work. Even my 2.4Ghz system would not play back smoothly. I can tell you that the Fusion software (I have only the demo version) played back fine on my HTPC, and that the quality was about the same as the HiPix. I bet I could play with custom resolutions and make it superior to the HiPix, but have not tried yet. I am running 960x540p resolution on my HTPC.
I have DVHStool with various filters and the Fusion 1 card on my 2.4GHz machine.
I prefer DVHStool with the Elecard2 filters a bit more than with the WinDVD4 filters.
In any case on my 1920x1080p (@72hz) display I find that DVHStool + Elecard2 filters produces a slightly sharper picture than the Fusion 1 software.
Also the Fusion software will not parse multiple HiPix files (but DVHStool does!).
I just use the Fusion software to play back "BS" encoded tapes (with AAC audio) through my Mitsubishi D-VHS.
The HiPix decoding all runs in the Terralogic Janus chip, so there is no practical way to have some "CPU assist" on HiPix output ports. The guy(s) who did the 1360x768p resolution said that the Janus chip was "maxed out" doing that resolution, and is incapable of doing 1920x1080p output. They said "the dot clock is just too high". We even toyed with the idea of overclocking the HiPix, but nothing ever came of it.
DVHStool supports different "filters" from DVD programs - like Ravisent (Cineplayer), Intervideo (WinDVD4) and Elecard. Those filters do deinterlace (to 1080p if your display supports it) and they do do 3:2 removal on correctly flagged streams.
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