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 Post subject: ultra-cheap input lag test using a raspberry pi 0
PostPosted: Mon May 18, 2020 12:52 am 



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For those of you interested in low-lag monitors and/or deinterlacing I've got a cheap solution for measuring the input lag in your setup. It's a raspberry pi (zero). In the US just $5 (plus about that much in shipping, bleh). The idea is to use the Pi to push fames out over HDMI (or composite) and turn on a LED that's built in to the Pi at the same time. Using a camera you can measure the delay between the LED lighting up and the screen responding. The higher speed the camera the better, but 60hz can actually do the job for measuring a 60hz display. And most flagship phones have had higher speed cameras than that for a while - way back on the S7 samsung was offering 240hz, for instance. Meanwhile no soldering or other hardware work is required. This is a pure software solution using the stock raspberry pi zero board that is sold by multiple retailers.

I've validated it against the OSSC's lag testing mod and also against an oscilloscope and the numbers work out to be within 2ms of each other. So if you want to measure the lag of your setup this is a cheap way to do it. Even better, the pi can be powered by a regular microUSB power bank. So you can test any display you can plug HDMI into and record for 1-2 minutes with your camera. I actually think the results are a bit more reliable than the OSSC mod since that uses binary threshold, whereas this is more adaptive to the actual brightness of the measured display. I haven't tested the leo bodnar device or the time sluth, but again I actually think this could be better, if involving a bit more DIY. certainly it's cheaper than any other solution.

you can download the software and read how to use it here:

https://alantechreview.blogspot.com/202 ... berry.html

any questions don't hesitate to contact me. Esp. if it's about lack of clarity in the above link. Also, I'm hoping to start Yet Another Database of Input Lag (tm) to keep track of the results people gather. In particular, this method can measure lag for 480i and 480p, whereas most DBs/review sites just report 1080p.


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 Post subject: Re: ultra-cheap input lag test using a raspberry pi 0
PostPosted: Sat May 23, 2020 5:05 pm 



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xeos wrote:
Also, I'm hoping to start Yet Another Database of Input Lag (tm) to keep track of the results people gather. In particular, this method can measure lag for 480i and 480p, whereas most DBs/review sites just report 1080p.


I just discovered such a db on retrorgb started for the timesleuth (https://www.retrorgb.com/lagtest.html). It's not ideal but has better visibility than starting from scratch. Does anybody have a suggestion of how to contact the admins at retrorgb? email addresses are conspicuously absent.


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PostPosted: Sat May 23, 2020 6:55 pm 


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 Post subject: Re: ultra-cheap input lag test using a raspberry pi 0
PostPosted: Fri May 29, 2020 8:28 pm 



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You should just be able to edit that spreadsheet with a Google account. Also, the wiki will be open soon and that database will be moved over. There's so many community-driven projects that will be moved there and I'm getting excited to see it launch!


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 Post subject: Re: ultra-cheap input lag test using a raspberry pi 0
PostPosted: Sat May 30, 2020 1:13 am 



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retrorgb wrote:
You should just be able to edit that spreadsheet with a Google account. Also, the wiki will be open soon and that database will be moved over. There's so many community-driven projects that will be moved there and I'm getting excited to see it launch!


Correct! thanks for pointing that out. I wouldn't have guessed that it's even more liberal than wikipedia in accepting edits! I added one of my sets just to make sure I understood. Unfortunately my display tech is all pretty old so it's not of that much use - though - at least for 480i - it actually fairs pretty decently.


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