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    Quote Originally Posted by andy o View Post
    It has other features, and not all formats are bitstreamable.



    That's not true at all. See all the other checks and options in the ReClock settings panel? Those mean something, they're not just for show. One obvious example is getting WASAPI exclusive output with your DirectShow player of choice, most of which don't offer the option.

    And if you must talk about a "sole" purpose, it would be to prevent both audio and video errors. Bitstreaming was added at the request of some people, when decoding wasn't all that viable.
    Think about why the program is called "Reclock" and not "wasapi renderer". I am not objecting that you use Reclock for whatever you like, and that it offers many useful functions besides it's MAIN point. But you are stretching it when you claim that reclock is not working for other people, when in fact it is working perfectly well and does more for smooth video (it's original intent) than your use case. You just use it as a WASAPI renderer - fine, but hardly the case reclock was originally designed for.

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    Quote Originally Posted by andy o View Post
    It is, measurably, and perceivably. In some cases less so than others, to the point of being irrelevant (that depends on the user), but that's the cold hard truth.
    False, if you do not have drops or repeats the quality of decoding in a modern receiver most certainly beats software decoding, resampling, (optional) repitching and (optional) reencoding. If you cannot or do not want to use powerstrip and get some drop or repearts it is a matter of preference: some can live with occasional drops/repeats others cannot and live with decoding and resampling. In now way does either decision imply that something "is not working" as it should. You made this claim.

    Quote Originally Posted by andy o View Post
    True in some cases, if you're using SPDIF, (which Jack Carver was, I know), but not with HDMI.
    You were talking to Jack Carver - and telling him he was using "reclock" wrongly. It's good to see that you changed your mind here. As for HDMI it's still a matter of preference drops/repeats or software decoding and resampling. There is no WRONG or RIGHT here.


    Quote Originally Posted by andy o View Post
    Is an oft-repeated claim for which I haven't found any evidence, or even reliable anecdotes. Every time I've asked the person making the claim, either they don't own the receiver they're talking about, or they don't respond back.
    Simple, with my Denon AVC-A1SE with the 2nd gen upgrade board the audio delay does not work for split 6ch pcm input (no HDMI on this model). This is unpleasant.

    Quote Originally Posted by andy o View Post
    Most people don't have the refresh rate close enough that you don't get any during a whole movie. Not even me, and I'm one of the luckier ones. Which card are you using, and did you not pause or skip at all during that test (I'm assuming also that you're using ReClock's counter)?
    No luck involved. Simply use Powerstrip if it supports your card. I use it on my HTPC using a custom timing with a Radeon HD2600 and get virtually no drop/repeats. On my gaming machine I use a HD5970 where even the stock settings are reasonable accurate so that the catalyst setting of 23.976 you get 3-5 drops/repeats over a whole movie. I fail to see what you mean by "pause" and "skip".

    Quote Originally Posted by andy o View Post
    "error resilient" doesn't mean "error free". But I agree (and said above) that they are probably unnoticeable most of the time.
    Exactly. In order to end this discussion let me just say this: Jack Carver use of reclock is perfectly reasonable and reclock does what it is supposed to. Please be careful in the future as there are many more reasonable use cases than your own.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Zardoz View Post
    Think about why the program is called "Reclock" and not "wasapi renderer".
    You said "sole" purpose.

    I am not objecting that you use Reclock for whatever you like, and that it offers many useful functions besides it's MAIN point.
    Is this not objecting"?: "This makes no sense, if you "take a video frame error once every several tens of minutes" why use reclock in the first place? With or without bitstreaming reclock sole purpose is to sync the video stream to the monitors refresh rate in order to avoid frame drops and repeats."

    But you are stretching it when you claim that reclock is not working for other people, when in fact it is working perfectly well
    No, it's not. And he's not using Powerstrip.

    and does more for smooth video (it's original intent) than your use case.
    It doesn't (did you even read my replies to him?). I'm getting a more accurate refresh than him.

    You just use it as a WASAPI renderer - fine, but hardly the case reclock was originally designed for.
    I don't use it just as that. I said it's one of its multiple uses, and that it doesn't have a SOLE purpose.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Zardoz View Post
    False, if you do not have drops or repeats the quality of decoding in a modern receiver most certainly beats software decoding, resampling, (optional) repitching and (optional) reencoding.
    "the quality of decoding"? You have to be more specific here. Resampling in ReClock is transparent. Repitching is not necessary for 99% of content, and reencoding to AC-3 a lossless or uncompressed track will yield the same quality as bitstreaming the so-called "core" (for simplicity I'm counting the interleaved AC-3 track in TrueHD).

    If you cannot or do not want to use powerstrip and get some drop or repearts it is a matter of preference: some can live with occasional drops/repeats others cannot and live with decoding and resampling.
    In now way does either decision imply that something "is not working" as it should. You made this claim.
    Are you sure I made this claim? I can only see "as intended" in my post. Not the same. If I missed my own words please lemme know.

    You were talking to Jack Carver - and telling him he was using "reclock" wrongly.
    I did no such thing. I told him that he wasn't missing anything if he decoded lossless and encoded to AC-3, compared to just bitstreaming the "core", but was gaining ReClock's main feature, which is to resample audio to match video.

    It's good to see that you changed your mind here.
    How did I change my mind? I told him exactly the same thing I said there in what you quoted. In cases where you have lossless/uncompressed available, bitstreaming is not an advantage.

    As for HDMI it's still a matter of preference drops/repeats or software decoding and resampling. There is no WRONG or RIGHT here.
    Except drops/repeats in video or audio are certifiably visible/audible. Resampling is transparent.

    Simple, with my Denon AVC-A1SE with the 2nd gen upgrade board the audio delay does not work for split 6ch pcm input (no HDMI on this model). This is unpleasant.
    You said "most". How do you extrapolate to "most" from one model of Denon with one gen of upgrade board, with what appears to be actually a bug? Delay works perfectly well for LPCM and bitstream equally in my Pioneer. You also said and I quote:"most if not all receivers have limited bass management/delay/postprocessing capabilities if fed raw pcm instead of the original bitstream".

    No luck involved. Simply use Powerstrip if it supports your card. I use it on my HTPC using a custom timing with a Radeon HD2600 and get virtually no drop/repeats.
    Most people don't know or care how to use PowerStrip, or can't. You're suggesting a more complicated "fix" than just let ReClock do its intended thing, all in the name of what could be (or not) an imaginary problem with resampling.

    Exactly. In order to end this disussion let me just say this: Jack Carver use of reclock is perfectly reasonable and reclock does what it is supposed to.
    That's what I said, and that's even how I just told James I was using ReClock in the past. But there's a more optimal way to do it.

    Please be careful in the future as there are many more reasonable use cases than your own.
    Again, suggesting a more complicated fix with Powerstrip is hardly more reasonable than just let ReClock do its thing.

    And one more thing. I'm curious about this statement of yours, perhaps James can clarify something too.

    I have been using bitstreaming in reclock for years now (since the ogo days) and am quite happy with it.
    James added bitstreaming capability fairly recently, and with it, added the capability to not disable media correction. Are you suggesting that ReClock used to have this capability, and then James took it away, only to put it back in? (I honestly don't know the history of ReClock that far into the past.)
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    Quote Originally Posted by andy o View Post
    James added bitstreaming capability fairly recently, and with it, added the capability to disable media correction. Are you suggesting that ReClock used to have this capability, and then James took it away, only to put it back in? (I honestly don't know the history of ReClock that far into the past.)
    (I'm avoiding the rest of this conversation as I have definite opinions but am not going to stoke the fire.) However, James added HD passthrough support recently. It's, to my knowledge, supported AC3/DTS passthrough for quite some time now. The HD bitstreaming support was added because I whined a lot that I wanted to be able to use ReClock in a *VERY* specific use case involving TMT. The use case I wanted was to be able to bitstream HD audio, but, in the case of a 48/16 LPCM track like those found on the Kill Bill movies, I wanted ReClock to force exclusive mode to set the proper channels and not resample the audio. For me I didn't so much care about the media correction. Now that we have MC16 and the ability to decode everything lossless to PCM, the game has changed a bit. Nonetheless, there are many valuable use cases for ReClock and not all of them involve media correction. It's a very versatile tool. For that I'm quite grateful.
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    Yeah I suspected that was the case, that DTS/AC-3 had been able to be passed through before, but James did add the option to not disable media correction while doing it, I think? I.e. the option to choose audio errors instead of video errors.

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    That was added when HD bitstreaming was added, yes.
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    Thx Zardoz and andy_o for ur explanations. I'm a HTPC newbie and it was not easy to understand many of the facts but thx to this forum and many really good tools i think i got what i wanted to.

    I first followed SamuriHL's explanations to get things working with mpc-hc, LAV filters, LAV CUVID, ffdshow and madvr and it worked really good but the frame-drop problem was still there.
    Then i installed Reclock and frame-drops were history Really I didn't get one in the movies i watched so far.

    But up to this point i got the sound via my LCD TV and HDMI. Then i wanted to use my old AVR (it has no HDMI connection) and i connected it via an optical SPDIF connection.
    But the display shows only a 3 channel PCM sound so my next problem was to get surround sound.
    One solution was to enable Dolby Digital output in my Realtek sound driver but i can't choose there DTS (don't know if DTS is better)

    Then i enabled this Bitstreaming feature in Reclock and used DTS Bitstreaming in LAV audio and at that point my AVR showed 5.1 channel DTS.

    As i didn't recognize any sound errors i posted here as i wanted to know more about this "not recommended" mark in Reclock's Bitstreaming options.

    And after watching many more movies i fully agree to Zardoz, Reclock makes an excellent job in avoiding Frame drops which were really annoying and the sound output is excellent too.

    There may be good reasons for not using Bitstreaming with Reclock but for me it works nice or i can't hear the errors. I'm not skilled enough to understand many of this technical details as i'm a beginner but i think that most AVR's use better sound chips as every HTPC mainboard and so an AVR would make a better job in decoding than my mainboard soundchip.

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    Quote Originally Posted by JackCarver View Post
    i think that most AVR's use better sound chips as every HTPC mainboard and so an AVR would make a better job in decoding than my mainboard soundchip.
    Well that's another can of worms, but that's off-topic. All I can say is, technology is great and cheap sound chips have gotten very far nowadays, better than audibility. (OK, if someone disputes this, I'll just leave it at that )

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    Quote Originally Posted by andy o View Post
    Are you sure I made this claim? I can only see "as intended" in my post. Not the same. If I missed my own words please lemme know.
    Fact: It was intended - and if you do not agree with this, it was at least very reasonable to use Reclock the way Jack Carver did.

    Quote Originally Posted by andy o View Post
    I told him that he wasn't missing anything if he decoded lossless and encoded to AC-3, compared to just bitstreaming the "core", but was gaining ReClock's main feature, which is to resample audio to match video.
    Funny that he feels different after experimenting with reclocks options -there are pros and cons. You only provided a misleading one sided view.

    Quote Originally Posted by andy o View Post
    How did I change my mind? I told him exactly the same thing I said there in what you quoted. In cases where you have lossless/uncompressed available, bitstreaming is not an advantage.
    Again this is a one sided view - for one bitstreaming avoids resampling, does not need separate connections to the receiver or reencoding (if no hdmi). Funny that this is exactly his use case. If a newbie asks a question it is common courtesy to provide a more balanced view, even if oneself does not value some of the points very highly.


    Quote Originally Posted by andy o View Post
    Except drops/repeats in video or audio are certifiably visible/audible. Resampling is transparent.
    Again a matter of opinion. Some value occasional drops as being the better alternative, others do not mind resampling. But as it is possible to achieve zero to one drops per movie I find it hard to argue for the superiority of resampling. But that's only my opinion, I am fine with people using resampling and in a lot of cases it makes perfect sense.

    Quote Originally Posted by andy o View Post
    You said "most". How do you extrapolate to "most" from one model of Denon with one gen of upgrade board, with what appears to be actually a bug?
    You are getting childish here. You wanted an example, and you got one. You made it clear that you do not believe ANY hearsay. That's why i provided my personal first hand experience. Naturally, I do not own ALL receivers in the world. But all receivers I and a couple of HTPC nuts tested a while back exhibited problems in that respect (100% with N=5). As these were all flagship models from various brands I extrapolated "most". Some of these tests have not been performed by myself - granted - but I basically trust these people. At least everyone of them knows more about reclock than you do.


    Quote Originally Posted by andy o View Post
    Most people don't know or care how to use PowerStrip, or can't. You're suggesting a more complicated "fix" than just let ReClock do its intended thing, all in the name of what could be (or not) an imaginary problem with resampling.
    If you find Powerstrip complicated, no problem: do not use it. Out of the box catalyst settings are reasonably accurate - nothing complicated here. Again you mislead - I provided many more reasons than just resampling. For each use case non/some/all might be applicable. Case in point: Jack Carvers use case with a non-hdmi receiver.

    Quote Originally Posted by andy o View Post
    That's what I said, and that's even how I just told James I was using ReClock in the past. But there's a more optimal way to do it.
    I do not see the relevance about what you told "James". And optimal does only apply to your use case (maybe). For example on how diverse the opinions can be: Myself and the group of htpc afficiandos i am exchanging with would find any HTPC configuration (reclock or no) that allows for repeated frames occasionally (as you do) far from optimal.

    Quote Originally Posted by andy o View Post
    Again, suggesting a more complicated fix with Powerstrip is hardly more reasonable than just let ReClock do its thing
    Please stop misleading. It his striking how you omit completely that the out-of-the-box catalyst settings on the new cards work pretty good - as i have pointed out in the post you refer to. And I also would reckon that many people who dig as far as reclock, are also completely capable and willing to use powerstrip (even though its interface is pretty anti-intuitive).

    Quote Originally Posted by andy o View Post
    James added bitstreaming capability fairly recently, and with it, added the capability to not disable media correction. Are you suggesting that ReClock used to have this capability, and then James took it away, only to put it back in? (I honestly don't know the history of ReClock that far into the past.)
    The only thing in this paragraph that makes sense is that you do not know the history of reclock. But that does not prevent you from speculation.

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