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Today I will update yuz all on playing my Wii via my iMac using EyeTV. But first…
Rocketboom showed a clip from the BBC Two comedy “Look around you” yesterday and didn’t seem to realise, I think they might have even thought it was from a genuine science experiment. Silly billy’s. It was from the first season of the show, which I recommend everyone to grab the DVD of. But avoid the 2nd season which was a “Tomorrows World” spoof and was pants.
The massive problem I was reporting with creeping latency was resolved by updating my EyeTV software from 2.3.2 to 2.3.3, I was a little miffed that I had to be told about the new version because the software is supposed to be self updating. Grr.
There is still a small amount of latency naturally, but it is now unnoticeable in almost all 2 games I have lol.
But, when I downloaded Super Mario Brothers from the virtual console the latency issue came back, albeit it in a slightly different flavour.
In super mario bros. after playing for about 30-60 seconds the controls begin to feel heavy, and jumping becomes difficult to judge. But what’s different to what was happening in all things in 2.3.2 is that after minute or less the software seems to realise the problem and catches up with a sudden jolt. It’s then perfectly playable for a further minute or so, before the latency creeps back again, it comes and goes the rest of the game.
Some of the older virtual console games have a particularly low resolution, which you can see from the 100% pixel crop of the screenshot. So i’m now theorising that this exotic video mode could be confusing the de-interlacing in EyeTV. Occasionally if I switch to composite from Tuner mode whilst this mario game is running the output goes nuts, flickering like crazy as if it can’t quite work out how to deal with it. So I turned de-interlacing off, the latency issue is lesser but still happens. Still, i’m sure there’s something about this old NES resolution thats confusing things
Again, this is now restricted to just super mario bros. (that I know of). It’s most interesting!
Another thing, apparently S-Video looks better on the EyeTV software than Composite does, but unlike most other console’s that I’ve known, the Wii doesn’t come with S-VIDEO. Even worse, you can’t even buy the cable here in the UK. I dunno why, they have them in Japan, just not here. Double Grr.