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Re: Who's interested in having an S-Video Modulator?
« Reply #75 on: 13:03, 06 April 11 »
Awwww there goes Xmas...

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Re: Who's interested in having an S-Video Modulator?
« Reply #76 on: 19:16, 06 April 11 »
Awwww there goes Xmas...

Not really. Bryce uses the Julian calendar, so it's just two weeks later like christmas in some orthodox churches (russian, serbian, bulgarian). :P
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Re: Who's interested in having an S-Video Modulator?
« Reply #77 on: 19:39, 06 April 11 »
I actually worship the Silicon God of CMOS, so Christmas for me actually happens approximately 4000 times a second, which is known as the feast of the clock-cycle. Costs a fortune in presents :D

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Re: Who's interested in having an S-Video Modulator?
« Reply #78 on: 10:57, 18 April 11 »
Latest Update:

The last awaited components (The AD724s from China) arrived today :) Now all I have to do is start soldering everything together, I will start later this week and hopefully send out the first devices at the weekend :) I will inform each person individually when theirs has been sent.

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Re: Who's interested in having an S-Video Modulator?
« Reply #79 on: 11:06, 18 April 11 »
Latest Update:

The last awaited components (The AD724s from China) arrived today :) Now all I have to do is start soldering everything together, I will start later this week and hopefully send out the first devices at the weekend :) I will inform each person individually when theirs has been sent.

Bryce.

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Re: Who's interested in having an S-Video Modulator?
« Reply #80 on: 15:58, 18 April 11 »
Niiiice! Thanks for the update!

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Re: Who's interested in having an S-Video Modulator?
« Reply #81 on: 22:02, 25 April 11 »
To those concerned: Despite many many distractions, including really good weather, several hangovers, having the inlaws over and not to mention the countless sleepless nights worrying that Gryzor thinks about me while he's under the shower :D I still managed to get some stuff done at the weekend. These will be sent out tomorrow and I'll hopefully get some time to build some more later in the week.

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Re: Who's interested in having an S-Video Modulator?
« Reply #82 on: 10:04, 26 April 11 »
Yeeeees! :)

I thought I'd mention this, since it's very cool: a scanlines generator!!! Expensive, but really nice.

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Re: Who's interested in having an S-Video Modulator?
« Reply #83 on: 10:43, 26 April 11 »
I use one of these: http://www.pollin.de/shop/dt/OTA4ODcyOTk-/Computer_und_Zubehoer/Hardware/Monitore/Video_zu_VGA_Konverter_Box_PREMIUMBLUE_V2V.html
Much cheaper and offers all the inputs you need. My CPC and other 8-bitters are connected to a PC LCD Monitor using this (through the AD724 first).

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Re: Who's interested in having an S-Video Modulator?
« Reply #84 on: 13:20, 26 April 11 »
No - you don't get it, it's not the same functionality. What the one in my link does is generate scanlines so that you have a more faithful visual representation on modern screens. It's not a multi input/output device.

Still, nice and good price!

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Re: Who's interested in having an S-Video Modulator?
« Reply #85 on: 14:00, 26 April 11 »
Oh, ok. I don't need one of those. Happy with the picture as it is :)

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Re: Who's interested in having an S-Video Modulator?
« Reply #86 on: 14:06, 26 April 11 »
Today I bought this item to connect my CPC to my PC:
http://cgi.ebay.de/ws/eBayISAPI.dll?ViewItem&item=400178121807

I hope it's useful ;)
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Re: Who's interested in having an S-Video Modulator?
« Reply #87 on: 14:38, 26 April 11 »
Well you'll be able to connect the S-VHS modulator directly to the PC with this and record it too in very good quality.

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Re: Who's interested in having an S-Video Modulator?
« Reply #88 on: 12:05, 27 April 11 »
Got mine this morning. It looks professional, I'll test it next weekend (if it keeps raining).
Good work & thanks a lot, Bryce :D

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Re: Who's interested in having an S-Video Modulator?
« Reply #89 on: 12:17, 27 April 11 »
Cool. But, the weather forecast for the weekend is 24C and sunny, so I doubt you'll get any testing done :D I certainly won't be indoors :)

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Re: Who's interested in having an S-Video Modulator?
« Reply #90 on: 12:23, 27 April 11 »
24°C - really? BTW Is it possible to get a pre-soldered cable for external connection? The local electronic supply has just closed its doors, so I have to order everything online at Conrad or Reichelt.
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Re: Who's interested in having an S-Video Modulator?
« Reply #91 on: 14:07, 27 April 11 »
Well I don't intend building any connection cables, but everything you need is available on Reichelt for both Classic and Plus CPCs. For the 6way connection to the Modulator PCB I would recommend this connector:

http://www.reichelt.de/Platinen-Steckverbinder/PS-25-8G-WS/index.html?;ACTION=3;LA=2;ARTICLE=14831;GROUPID=3224;SID=13Tbf0sX8AAAIAABF8N9gdb2968004c08f80ab8428a1adc7eeb35

It has a short flylead with all the terminals crimped which saves some time and effort. It's not available in 6-pole, but that's not a problem, as there are no components either side of the header on the PCB. You can remove the extra wires completely or even cut the connector to the right length if you want. The wires are also colour coded, so you can swap them around to something more sensible so that it matches the RGB inputs etc.

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Re: Who's interested in having an S-Video Modulator?
« Reply #92 on: 21:30, 27 April 11 »
Yeeeees! :)

I thought I'd mention this, since it's very cool: a scanlines generator!!! Expensive, but really nice.

That looks quite dinky and cool.  I currently use a Geniatech Supera Color HD Standalone External TV Tuner Box for LCD Monitors (19201200 Max Res) http://www.dealtoworld.com/goods-3655-Geniatech+Supera+Color+HD+Standalone+External+TV+Tuner+Box+for+LCD+Monitors+%2819201200+Max+Res%29++.html
 
This is a similar price and works well with most things.  Anyone who is familar with using an Atari ST in medium resolution, will know how difficult it is to display properly using other video boxes.  The Supera HD does it flawlessly.
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Re: Who's interested in having an S-Video Modulator?
« Reply #93 on: 13:38, 28 April 11 »
Today my modulator also arrived!  ;D :D

Also my ordered Audio-Video grabber arrived today, too.

So I quickly connected my CPC via composite video to the grabber and took a few captures.
Surely the composite signal is not so good but it's even much better than captured from my old TV-card.

Will go now and buy a few necessary cables...

So stay tuned for HQ-videos ;)

The attached image shows the CPC output in a worser quality than it's really is. I had to make a quickly retouching because of overlay mode. (Video  output is not visible in screenshots)
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Re: Who's interested in having an S-Video Modulator?
« Reply #94 on: 13:56, 28 April 11 »
Just got mine, too! :)

Just a question: if you install it internally, how do you fix it in place so that you have a normal port at the back?

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Re: Who's interested in having an S-Video Modulator?
« Reply #95 on: 14:03, 28 April 11 »
I'll post some diagrams later with suggestions on how to mount the PCB.

Bryce.

Edit: There's two ways of fixing the Modulator inside a CPC using the two holes in the PCB. You can either use these holes to fix the PCB to the bottom of the case using M3 screws, but you will need to put some spacers between the PCB and the casing so that the components underneath the PCB aren't being crushed.

The other option is to use right-angle brackets such as these ones: http://www.reichelt.de/Befestigungssaetze/SV-WMG/index.html?;ACTION=3;LA=2;ARTICLE=19873;GROUPID=3212;SID=11Tbkvin8AAAIAADl1-jM423d0aa9e46badc213a5dcc631411a62
Using two of these you'll need to drill two 3mm holes either side of the hole you've made for the socket.
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Re: Who's interested in having an S-Video Modulator?
« Reply #96 on: 16:56, 28 April 11 »
Here's a screenshot of the actual quality.
I built-in the modulator into my CPC+ ;)
Its easy to install and also to connect to an Audio-Video grabber.
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Re: Who's interested in having an S-Video Modulator?
« Reply #97 on: 17:02, 28 April 11 »
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Re: Who's interested in having an S-Video Modulator?
« Reply #98 on: 17:10, 28 April 11 »
Of course, MODE 2 must not hide...
Looks well, too!
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Re: Who's interested in having an S-Video Modulator?
« Reply #99 on: 17:12, 28 April 11 »
Of course, MODE 2 must not hide...
Looks well, too!
great captures. This one really does it justice.
The capture of burning rubber is nice and clean and Markus's capture is great with synced video.
The quality of the image in mode 2 is really good too, proving this hardware is the business.

Nice work Bryce for the hardware.
Nice work Markus to show it off.
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