On Tuesday 22 Jul 2008, Thomas Hilber wrote:
> graphics cards basically are not designed for variable frame rates.
> Once you have setup their timing you are not provided any means like
> registers to synchronize the frame rate with external timers. But
> that's exactly what's needed for signal output to stay in sync with the
> frame rate provided by xine-lib or other software decoders.
> To extend/reduce the overall time between vertical retrace I first
> dynamically added/removed a few scanlines to the modeline but with bad
> results. By doing so the picture was visibly jumping on the TV set.
I looked at this sort of thing a few years back and came to the conclusion
that the only cards that could be convinced to sync at such low rates,
i.e. 50 Hz for PAL, were the Matrox G400, G450, etc. Whenever I tried
setting modelines with any other cards, I never got any output or an
error when starting X.
I take it that more modern cards are a lot more flexible in this respect!
I'm currently using a G450 with softdevice connected to a CRT TV and it
works pretty well most of the time with the odd flicker due to dodgy sync
every now and than.
Using hardware to do the deinterlacing is _definitely_ the way forward,
especially for CRT. (Not sure whether LCDs display an interlaced
streame "properly" or whether they try to interpolate somehow and refresh
the whole screen at once. I'm not buying one until 1. terrestrial is
available in the UK, 2. my current TV dies, 3. there is a solution like
this which utilises older hardware!).
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