[mythtv-users] Less than stellar video
joevph at yahoo.com
Fri Nov 12 23:41:04 UTC 2004
--- Jarod Wilson <jcw at wilsonet.com> wrote:
> > > PVR 350's SVIDEO out is superior by far to
> NVIDIAs SVIDEO out.
> That has to be quantified though, and is also
> somewhat subjective. This
> statement only applies to TV. I have a 350, and
> while it is slightly better
> than nVidia SVideo out, it definitely isn't superior
> by far. Quality seems to
> vary quite a bit from one nVidia card to another, so
> I believe a good nVidia
> card is pretty close in quality to a 350, especially
> with the flicker filter
> stuff added in the 6xxx drivers. If you're concerned
> about anything else,
> like DVD rip playback, visualizations in MythMusic,
> etc., then the 350 sorta
> sucks. For me, the ever-so-slight sharpness
> improvement with the 350 isn't
> worth it over the other features an nVidia card
> provides. I have zero
> complaints about the output from any of my current
> nVidia cards.
You're right, it is highly subjective. All that I
know is that my GeForce 4 440MX card gives pretty bad
TV-Out quality, and that my PVR-350 gives me almost
TV-quality. My GeForce card is one the cheaper ones,
and might not have a high quality TV-Out component.
My XBox gives TV-Out quality almost as good as the
PVR-350 (and much better than the GeForce 4 card), but
the XBox has some annoying issues of it's own. I'd
say that the XBox having good TV-Out is due to the
Conexant 25871 chip used in it, whereas my GeForce 4
card has the NV18 chip (according to the Xorg logs).
The test for me, is can I watch CNN with a ticker on
my TV without the picture jerking on me? With the
GeForce 4 card, the answer is no. With the XBox, the
answer is mostly, and with the PVR-350, the answer is
yes. CNN isn't what I watch most of, but the results
can be correlated to sports events (I'm a huge
baseball fan), and I was watching a baseball game on
the GeForce 4 card, and getting a headache from the
jerkiness of the motion.
Losing MythGame was a big downside of using the
PVR-350, but I'm finding that with the way things are
going at work, I don't have much time for gaming right
now anyway. DVD playback is fine with the PVR-350,
although I have an Athlon XP 2400+, and I don't notice
the dropped frames that Xine is mentioning.
> Jarod C. Wilson, RHCE
> jcw at wilsonet.com
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