I've actually had a few questions I've been meaning to ask in this topic and since it seems like a good time to change the subject, might as well ask them now...
- Has anyone found an S-Video to RGB converter that's compatible with the OSSC? I'm obviously not thinking it'll improve the S-Video picture quality, but at least it would allow me to run S-Video through my OSSC and benefit from all the features.
- @Harrumph I believe you're the person who's been posting their settings for the OSSC on the VGP forums. Have you tried making it work on an iScan Micro? The reason I'm asking is if we can get it working with the Micro, that would be a cheap and easy way to make the OSSC compatible with ANY display or capture device. I tried some of your suggested settings and unfortunately didn't have much luck. The SNES refresh rate is just too weird for many displays and capture cards to handle.
I know you can use the VP's, the framemeister and other devices, but the goal is a small, cheap
way to make the OSSC compatible with everything without adding much lag. Maybe even something like this?: https://www.monoprice.com/product?p_id=14600
For composite and svideo, decoders are hard to find these days.
- Most of the Kramer decoders can't handle 240p--so steer clear of Kramer decoders. (The only unit I haven't been able to locate is the FC-10dxl. That one might do it... but, it might not... I don't know yet.)
-The Extron CD series units are hard to find, but they do a great job. Some asshole wants $400 for one on eBay. Obviously, that's ridiculous. Please don't encourage or reward that. Let that unit rot.
-My Harmonic Research decoder might be a bad unit.
It decodes composite 240p to component, but the svideo does not work. It has a simple notch filter, so the quality of the output isn't great. The Harmonic Research units were always a generic cheap brand, so never pay more than $5-$10 US dollars.
-You can always use an XRGB-1, 2, or 3 to transcode svideo to RGBHV and feed that into the OSSC. Works well enough. For composite input, you might want to use an external comb filter and feed svideo to the XRGB--and bypass the XRGB comb filter. The cheap Extron YC and Kramer FC-10 units do a good enough job and support 240p; the fancy laserdisc comb filters everybody recommends introduce massive lag.
The Micro didn't work well for me. I think it sucks.
There is a cheap option, but it will look cheap. Not terrible, mind you, just not really good (either).
If you want video processor features and you don't mind using only the OSSC line double, the Kramer FC-719 - FC-724 line of processors can do the job with a frame of lag. The processor performs tolerable frame rate conversion; SNES, NES and Neo Geo will all work fine on any display. (You can zoom, crop, adjust colors, fix the Dreamcast aspect ratio, etc.) It's a trade off in quality and absolutely no substitute for a proper DVDO. The Kramer boxes are worth $25 usd with shipping included in the price. Don't pay more. You will also need an RGB to HDMI converter. The cheapest converters are about $10 usd.
Those Kramer boxes are slow at deinterlacing as well. You will have to use the OSSC's bob deinterlacing.
It's $35 usd. You get what you pay for.
Still, it's the best cheap option I know of.