Converters and scalers
StarTech Professional VGA to HDMI Audio Video Converter with Scaler VGA2HDMIPRO
And in-depth review of the StarTech Professional VGA to HDMI® Audio Video Converter with Scaler. The model number is VGA2HDMIPRO
I purchased this scaler to help me capture VGA output from old MS-DOS computers, specifically MS-DOS games that run in low resolution.
I have an AverMedia Game Broadcaster HD and it doesn't do well in capturing such signals. It is fine for 640 x 480 resolutions and higher but I needed a solution for low resolution MS-DOS signals.
In this review I walk you through all the menu options, the user manual, the packaging contents and much more.
The user manual from StarTech doesn't mention all the features. I found another scaler, which seems to be identical from Atlona at http://www.atlona.com/HD500.html
This one has a better user manual explaining the menu options in more detail but also mentioning hidden button presses that auto adjust the VGA signal and reset the output to 480p and 1024 x 768.
I then use this scaler to connect a 386 with an ISA VGA card to my AVerMedia Game Broadcaster HD. BIOS, DOS command line and game footage is featured.
There is one issue however and that is that the scaler outputs in limited RGB colour range (16-235), which in its defence is correct for TVs but causes issues with PCs. Therefore I recommend this product for connecting to a TV or capturing with a product that supports the limited RGB colour range.
StarTech DVI DDC EDID Emulator with EDID CopyReview
I purchases this EDID Emulator a while ago, pondering over if it will do what I think it will do. Turns out it does exactly what I'm hoping it does, so I wanted to share my experiences.
This device is useful in "tricking" a graphics card into believing a different monitor is connected, allowing you to force a resolution for example.
The unit has a dial with preset resolutions, but it can also copy the EDID information from a monitor and emulate those.
I use this device in two situations. When capturing DOS footage from a DVI graphics card, my capture card negotiates a 1280 x 1024 resolution and will capture at 50 fps. With this unit, I can set the 1024 x 768 setting which allows me to capture at 1024 x 768 and 60 fps.
Another scenario is my Samsung 24" 1920 x 1200 monitor. With DVI, it doesn't have a setting for the retro 4:3 aspect ratio 1600 x 1200 resolution, so using this unit I can resolve this.
Link to the product page: http://www.startech.com/AV/Converters/Video/DVI-DDC-EDID-Ghosting-Emulator-with-EDID-Copy~VSEDIDDVI