Laser disc into a video capture card? Dscaler? I tried this once before with an I/O Magic capture card. The video seemed soft. The i-scan was an improvement. I expect a better scaler to do even better for me. I'm projecting onto a 66" tall screen, if that makes a difference.
Even at 480 solid lines, one would need a pretty small vertical screen (projected) height for it to look good. This is something I'm fearing of right now in a TV room setup. Even in with 4:3/NTSC at 60" screen height the DVDO may not be able to hide from my eyes scan lines. That's an 1/8" tall scan line at 12' feet viewing distance.
Also keep in mind that 240 analog lines as a starting point may not be the best thing in the world when trying to get 480, 720, or 960 lines projected. That's almost asking for the keys to the store.
I'm using a MyHD 100 for "Normal" TV. In my HTPC. Don't have to worry about Dscaler, it's settings, your CPU speed etc. I really like it. No stutters or jerky motion, from basketball. I could never get Dscaler to work well on fast motion video. You can use the passthrough cable to show the stuff on your windows desktop/in a window. Or you can have it output a variety of different resolutions and refresh rates natively.
I love it. I setup the HTPC for optimal DVD playback resolution (1280x720 at 48hz) and then when I click on the MyHD icon, it outputs a seperate resolution/refresh rate (1024x768 at 60hz.) I then use the projectors alighment controls to shrink the image down to fit my 2.35 scope screen. On top of that I can recieve HDTV local broadcasts and just change the resolution the card outputs for HighDef stuff.
Not really sure how it's scaling compares to higher priced items (the MYHD MDP-120 HDTV PCI TUNER is available for around 300, you might be able to find the 100 cheaper.) However if you are only concerned with scaling standard definition TV, I would consider it a good option. If you are looking for a HighDef card then it's a no brainer.
I just put in a high-end HTPC and am selling my Crystal Image scaler that I used with an NEC XG135LC at 720p and was very, very pleased. Email [email protected] or if yuo'd like to chat live, you can call me (Alan) at 913.663.4044.
You can get a brand new ESI VLS-2000 on e-bay. I've seen them go for between $300-$500. I'm running it at 960P on my BG1209 for several months now without a hitch. Looks fantastic. And it won't freeze up almost every time you change the channel like the Quadscan. I know I had one. It's not one of the Little Darlings on this forum or anywhere else though.
If you can wait a little bit I hear DVDO is coming out with a scaler. That should be a good one. Don't know when its coming.
I installed a MyHD card in my HTPC tonight. WOW! Presently my antenna is in the attic and I'm getting between 67% - 91% signal strength. Can't wait to try the antenna on the roof. I also am anxious to try running the laser disc player through the MyHD card to see how good a job it does scaling the image.
I love my Lumagen Vision, and the company has *great* customer service. They helped me fix a problem that I thought was the scaler but turned out to be the cable. Even *after* we determined it wasn't the scaler, they kept working with me to isolate and correct the problem, even though I didn't buy the cable from them.
I am using a DEUCE SDQ with my ECP 4101. It can be used as a line doubler, quadrupler or as a scaler. I use it as a scaler at 1024 x 768 and it works great with any source I throw at it for more than two years now.
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