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Old 25-11-2006, 07:28 PM   #1
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HD Movies and setup.

Howdy folks,

Got a question for people regarding my setup at home as I'm not sure if I'm going about it the right way - and would like to know if I should be doing something different - or if anyone can suggest a way of improving things.

Right, setup goes like this: (see attached)


I've found out the TV can actually go up to 1920x1080 but the specs say max rez is 1280x720. 1280x720 is what I usually run at.

The output from the PC is via DVI and I know the 9800se is a bit basic....the media centre PC uses DivX 6.4 to play movies which I THINK has a HD codec built in, but not sure? I've started downloading a lot of HD content (files between 6 and 20GB) and I want to make sure I'm getting the best possible picture.

Does anyone have any reccomendations for setup? Should I consider buying a Video card that supports HDCP and supports HD natively?

The first HD movie I have got in full is Fifth Element, which plays at a bit rate of 4.8Mbs and is 720p - I thought the bitrate should be a bit higher than this.....But I'm waiting on Matrix Revolutions to finish (14GB 1080i) to do a comparison.

Any help would be most appreciated as I've just started taking a strong interest in Home cinema and want to make sure I'm doing things right.

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Not a subject that I know much about at the moment, but it is well worth looking over on AVforums for some good advice
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You'll need more than a 2.4GHz CPU to play back 1080i unfortunately, you'll need a dual core for that.

720p shouldnt be a problem though.
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re: bitrate, depends if it is a rip or re-encode. A rip will typically have a higher bit-rate as it was orginally stored on disc big enough to hold it. They often get re-encoded to save on bandwidth during download, typically with no noticeable loss in quality.
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You'll need more than a 2.4GHz CPU to play back 1080i unfortunately, you'll need a dual core for that.

720p shouldnt be a problem though.
The 2.4 does indeed struggle with the 1080i, but the 3.4 upstairs walks it, in fact the upstairs does 1080p very well........Got a pile of bits in the house I can use to build another computer, which I may well do to use for the TV and sell the lower spec 2.4.

I would assume the fifth element has been re-encoded as the file is only 4.8GB, looks bloody awesome on the 50" tele tho.

Do you know the best way to output from PC to tv, is DVI the best route? From what I've read it seems to be, but would be good to get some clarification.

Also looking at getting the Sky+ to run through the comp......but unsure as to how to do this, I suspect some sort of TV card will be needed - but how does it all connect: component / svideo?
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best connection type is hdmi, but no pc video card supports hdmi yet (afaik) next best thing is DVI. It isnt very common for hdtv's to have this connection though. So thats the digital side of things out the way, the next best thing is D-Sub which is analog, but again, not many hdtv's have this connection either.

Let me know what connection types your tv supports
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Tv supports Scart, VGA and HDMI(2x). Currently I have a DVI to HDMI cable running from the PC to the TV.
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best connection type is hdmi, but no pc video card supports hdmi yet (afaik) next best thing is DVI.
Not quite right, mate of mine uses HDMI to connect his xbox 360 through his pc, I'll find out the nuts and bolts of it and post it up here.
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Not quite right, mate of mine uses HDMI to connect his xbox 360 through his pc, I'll find out the nuts and bolts of it and post it up here.
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