[vdr] FF card substitute - Budget and PVR 350?

Tony Houghton h at realh.co.uk
Fri Oct 20 17:12:03 CEST 2006

In <E1696631-2B3F-4259-9DE3-620A1B093CC3 at pobox.com>, Torgeir Veimo wrote:

> You might still use a VGA card and get very good TV signal output.  
> The matrox cards can do interlaced output with perfect field  
> alignment. There might be some lip sync issues though, but the  
> softdevice plugin gets better every day.

My experience with softdevice is that even recently its A/V sync is quite
poor. Xine is very good at syncing, but there's more lag when changing
channels etc due to buffering. I'm now using df_xine with a Matrox G450.

> Matrox cards can do composite and s-vga (and scart rgb with an  
> adapter) output.

You need an adaptor for S-Video and composite too, but you can buy one
ready made from Matrox. It's not outrageously expensive, worth the money
IMO to avoid some very fiddly soldering. Unfortunately they don't seem
to sell one for RGB

TH * http://www.realh.co.uk

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