Quality difference between MCE and WinDVD (and other players) ...

Discussion in 'Windows Media Center' started by Quilty, Aug 3, 2004.

  1. Quilty

    Quilty Guest

    If using MPEG2 decoders such as WinDVD or Sonic, it seems that DVD video or
    MPEG2 TV playback is inferior and softer compared to playback of the same
    file inside the native application for the directshow filter. I am running
    at 1280x720 res, and I am wondering whether the relevant DVD application
    takes an anamorphic DVD video stream, horizontally stretches it (whilst
    leaving the vertical res at 480 NTSC or 576 PAL) and then scales it to the
    monitor res - i.e. the proceedure it should follow - whilst Media Center
    2004 vertically reduces the res whilst maintaining the horizontal res of
    720, and then scales it to the monitor res.

    Can anyone confirm if this is the case? It would seem to account for the
    loss of detail.

    Quilty, Aug 3, 2004
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