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Old 08-28-06, 12:58 PM
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Anyone using their PC to play DVDs on their HD TV?

Was curious if anyone has their PC connected to an HD TV. I currently have my Geforce 7800GTX connected to my HD DLP through component cables, but it looks like I need software called PureVideo developed by Nvidia to play content at 720p or 1080i. Does or has anyone used this? I would like to cause it would be cheaper than buying a new DVD player.
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Old 08-28-06, 02:05 PM
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Nope, nobody.

You might want to do a search on "HTPC" in this forum and in Tech Talk.
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Old 08-30-06, 04:47 PM
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I do. But there are better tutorials in other forums. Google HTPC
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Old 08-30-06, 05:04 PM
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Originally Posted by DVDsAreMyLIFE
Does or has anyone used this?
Yes, I use PureVideo on my HTPC. For the most part, I'm happy with its scaling/deinterlacing. You can also use WinDVD or PowerDVD, if you have a preference. But as I'm assuming you found out, WMV won't play DVDs upscaled (you get a macrovision copy protection error).
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Yes, I use PureVideo on my HTPC. For the most part, I'm happy with its scaling/deinterlacing. You can also use WinDVD or PowerDVD, if you have a preference. But as I'm assuming you found out, WMV won't play DVDs upscaled (you get a macrovision copy protection error).

Yea and according to Nvidia if you use DVI to HDMI or DVI to DVI to connect it to the TV it should work. I am still messing with the setup to get this work but I think I am still skeptical. Does PureVideo work with PowerDVD?
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I have a friend who can basically Tivo through his comp, its cool but I hav eno idea how he did it.
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Old 08-30-06, 09:16 PM
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Just so you know MBS, going through DVI WMV will upscale to 720p/1080i without the copy right protection problem
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Old 08-31-06, 02:28 AM
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Originally Posted by DVDsAreMyLIFE
Just so you know MBS, going through DVI WMV will upscale to 720p/1080i without the copy right protection problem
Yeah, I should have specified that I'm also using component out.
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Component out from PCs is often very poor. You should try DVI output, much better at Native resolution into the Tv.
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I use one with my HD CRT projector. I highly recommend using ZoomPlayer Pro and FFDShow. FFDShow gives DVD near HD sharpness. Awesome free software (FFDShow).
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I have both a front projector and Plasma setup with a PC and I will also recommend going directly DVI or even VGA rather than component. Many TVs have trouble sync'ing to the right resolution via component and VGA but DVI will give you very good results most of the time (assuming your TV has this type of input).

I like PowerDVDs ease of use and pretty decent video quality. nVidia cards have hardware decoding features that can only be exploited if you use their PureVideo software which I see as a huge pain and something that should be included with any $300+ video card.

I just ordered a 7950 GX2 and should be here this week... I will definitely download their PureVideo free trial for that!

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