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From media center"S" Video to old Tv with poor results

by Drdave059 / May 12, 2009 2:19 AM PDT

need some help from the experts. I have a windows media center that has "S" video out that I use to feed a 15 year old 50 inch projection TV.
The recorded video from the media center is about as good as off air but text and everything else it displayed is hard to read or view. Can anyone recommend a video card that would work better for this application. Any help would be greatly appreciated.

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For text and "Windows" it should be terrible.
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / May 12, 2009 2:31 AM PDT

S video is what we call 480i (see google.) That's not enough for text or using Windows.

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Poor Pix
by Drdave059 / May 12, 2009 4:28 AM PDT

Thanks for the info. Is the reason that Windows and text looks so bad is that I have to much information or not enough per frame for the TV to display?
I guess what I don't understand is how can the video look good and Windows and text look so washed out, and almost too bright. Whem I turn down the brightness and contast on the TV the video is too dark. I guess I was hoping I could somehow condition the "S' output with software or hardware fix. But I guess not. Thanks again.

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Video looks bad too.
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / May 12, 2009 4:43 AM PDT
In reply to: Poor Pix

Freeze frame and you'll see that the image quality is not so good there as well. Why video appears better is the motion and more uses our brains vision processing to fill in the gaps.

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