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An HTPC will be a better bet usually. The main reason is that an HTPC does all of its processing in the digital domain, including the deinterlacing and upconverting. A progressive DVD player will do the deinterlacing digitally, but it then converts it to analog to send to your display device. If you try to use it with a scaler, you generally can't even use the progressive part of it (scaler does it for you). Then the signal is being processed in the analog domain.


SDI is a way of using a standalone DVD player to be scaled in the digital domain, as long as you have a SDI equipped scaler. This rivals HTPC and in my opinion is even better.


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An HTPC will be a better bet usually. The main reason is that an HTPC does all of its processing in the digital domain, including the deinterlacing and upconverting. A progressive DVD player will do the deinterlacing digitally, but it then converts it to analog to send to your display device. If you try to use it with a scaler, you generally can't even use the progressive part of it (scaler does it for you). Then the signal is being processed in the analog domain.
So, in the case i need just a deinterlaced image, there shouldn't be any reason to build up an htpc? I'm i wrong?

Does htpc have a video mode, for no filmic materials?


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The main reason is that an HTPC does all of its processing in the digital domain, including the deinterlacing and upconverting.
Does this mean if I build an HTPC with a DVD player, buying an SDI input card and modding my standalone for SDI would be pointless? Since the video from the DVD on the PC is all digital anyways?
 
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