Advanced Settings with Windows MCE
Installation of the DualTV MCE was as easy as it gets, which was a major goal for NVIDIA. Following NVIDIA's simple directions, we inserted the card, ran the ForceWare setup from the CD and that was it. Next, we plugged in the Media Center certified remote control receiver and we were ready to launch Windows Media Center's configuration wizard. After running through the basic setup, we loaded the More Programs menu to access DualTV MCE's tuners specific settings.
The first menu we accessed was the NVIDIA DualTV menu which provides controls for adjusting the image on screen. The first option is the Picture Mode which has a number of modes which contain automatic adjustments on screen. These options range from Professional, Cinema, Home Theater/ISF, Normal and Vivid. With the selection of each mode, the preview image on screen is immediately adjusted to reflect the changes. There is also a Color Separation option which, when enabled, turns on the 3D Comb filtering to reduce artifacts on screen.
The Noise Reduction option enables the 3D Noise Reduction filter, which can be set for Low, Medium and High. The VCR Input Timings option can be toggled On or Off to aid in image anomalies that can occur with older VCRs. Once configuration is set to your liking, there is the option to Save, Cancel or Restore the Defaults. The other menu in the More Programs menu is the NVIDIA Settings window. Here is where Audio/Video Playback options are configured as well as other settings. Under the Audio Video Playback Settings menu are more precise image controls such as Hue, Brightness, Contrast and Saturation. All changes can be saved or returned to the previous settings by choosing Restore.
Lastly is the De-interlacing Modes, which range from Auto, Film, Video and Smart. The default setting is Automatic which enables the decoder to determine whether film or video is being displayed. With Film Mode, no de-interlacing is applied and Video Mode forces de-interlacing regardless of the source. Smart mode detects the source and it the only mode to apply inverse telecine.