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Old 01-30-02, 12:21 PM
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Anything to convert s-video to component?

I had my RPTV professionally calibrated a while back, but only on the one component input mode (video mode 3). I currently watch TV through dish network connected via s-video input (video mode 1). There are various problems with the picture quality on the tv stuff and wondered if there are any devices out there which allow you to convert an s-video input to component output? Preferrably something cheap.
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Old 01-30-02, 12:45 PM
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As far as I know the only way to convert any video source to component video is to use an outboard scaler(line doubler). These usually are not cheap. I think the Silicon Image DVDO is one of the cheapest at around $700.

With that said you are not going to see a huge improvement converting to component from s-video on that source. You would see the improvment on DVD however as you will now be using progressive scan with film source matrerial.

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Old 01-30-02, 12:56 PM
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Yeah, thats what I was afraid of.

On DVD, I'm going directly into the component inputs, which is the mode that was calibrated (with progressive DVD player). The problem on my video 1 input is that everything has a blue tint to it (especially dark scenes) that cannot be corrected via the user controls. Anything I would do to correct the blue problem would also affect the component input, which has already been calibrated and does not have the problem. My goal was to run the satellite into the component inputs/calibrated mode to get rid of the blue tint problem. But yeah, I'm not paying $700 for that.

I'm not really looking to line double anything, I don't need to convert the satellite to a 480p signal, 480i is fine with me. My DVD player working in 480i mode (progressive scan turned off) still looks good with the component inputs - no blue problems. I just want to get everything running off that same input (using my receiver to do the switching).

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Old 01-30-02, 01:34 PM
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If you had a computer with an s-video input on a video card or tv board you could output progressive vga through its video card and go through a $150 transcoder to convert to component. Many people use this technique to deinterlace laser disc and satellite.
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I use the Iscan DVDO Line Doubler and it works fine for me.
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Heh Heh Heh........If you have a wife or S.O. it's a perfect time to push for an upgrade of your reciever, there are lots of models out there that will accept multiple component inputs and do the switching for you, they are a little pricey but then you also get a great reciever.
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... reciever, there are lots of models out there that will accept multiple component inputs and do the switching for you, they are a little pricey but then you also get a great reciever.
Note that the overwhelming majority of receivers, even those that do component switching, will not convert between video formats (i.e., take an s-video signal and output a component signal). The only receivers I know of that can do this are a few new Kenwood models -- they call this feature "Universal Video." It remains to be seen whether other brands will include this kind of functionality in future offerings.
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Old 02-04-02, 02:34 AM
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I believe the Kenwood Sovereign 5900, the Pioneer Elite VSX-49TX, and the upcoming Denon AVR-5803 all convert S-Vid to Component.

I'm facing the same kind of dilema. I looked at the Silicon Image iScan Pro as well, but it outputs VGA. That means I'd need to get a VGA to 3BNC converter as well.
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