Fantastic post on Reddit on the confusion behind 480p content on CRTs. Still trying to get my head around some aspects of this whole discussion (having recently acquired a BVM); the first thing that’s hitting me is how crucial (and expensive) the correct cables and leads are.
Great summary on what connections and settings are best when looking to hook up a retro console to a modern television via the XRGB-mini Framemeister.
I’ve had real hit-and-miss (mostly miss) results when it comes to trying to stream to Twitch from my AverMedia Live Gamer Portable (which works really well otherwise), and was considering upgrading to an Elgato Game Capture HD60 but a few YouTube videos have suggested similar streaming issues when attempting from a Mac.
However, some have suggested Open Broadcaster Software as an alternative to the apps that AverMedia and Elgato provide. It sounds like people are getting better results and less headaches when using OBS, and so I’ll be trying out the software very soon.
Ok; I was skeptical about the Google Chromecast. When it was released in the states I didn’t immediately bite (despite it being cheap enough to import). I’m mainly an iOS user (and fan) and so I wasn’t sure I’d get enough use out of a wifi HDMI dongle that presumably might see most support on Android.
But I was kinda wrong.
The device doesn’t really do anything I couldn’t already achieve through other means, be it wired connections or whatever. But there’s a certain cool factor to being able to control what’s on your television with your smart device and my kids have seemingly bought into it big time. I found it hard to wrestle my iPhone away from my youngest today once she got used to loading up various childrens content from BBC iPlayer and when she did give me my phone back it was to swap for the Google Nexus 7 that offered the same functionality of controlling her content from the sofa.
My eldest also found it very cool and it prompted her to download a few apps to her Moto G to take proper advantage of the device.
As for me? I tried casting some sports from Google Chrome via the BT Sport website last night (after installing the Google Cast extension) but found the sound cut out from the transmission. Maybe it’s a Microsoft Silverlight issue as I found various Adobe Flash content streamed just fine (BBC News, YouTube, etc). I read that when casting from the Chrome browser to use the lower bitrate 720p setting but I found the highest 720p setting worked just fine; there was no difference between the slightly jerky frame rate I was viewing on the television (but obviously the picture quality looked a little better).
Overall, I think the device is worth buying and I really hope developers adopt it wholeheartedly. I’m very tempted to go do some tinkering with it myself… 🙂
…and more besides. Very informative stuff on video deinterlacing and different resolutions over at 100fps.com.
Great series of video tutorials up on the Vimeo Video School.
At last; Adobe start to stick video tutorials up on YouTube. It’s now a little easier to stick these things on your iPhone to watch during the commute.
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