UPDATE: This comparison has been superseded by a newer one
I took 8 different video converters and lined them up for the showdown of the decade!
Ok, so it's not really that dramatic. Some points of interest:
- PCSX shows the most amount of blocky artifacts, which is understandable because its converter was designed for speed over quality.
- PsxMC, PSmplay, PsxTulz, and PCSX all show very similar coloring. PsxMC and PSmplay are especially similar; however, they are not pixel exact matches.
- Q-gears seems to have the darkest and warmest colors of them all, while ffmpeg is the brightest.
- jPSXdec seems to produce softer images than the others, and its colors are quite similar to PSXPlay.
Now which is the most accurate? That depends on your definition of accurate.
- Do you want the exact values the PlayStation 1 hardware produces?
- Do you want it to match how you see it on the television?
- Do you want it to more closely resemble what the original designer created?
- Do you want a more mathematically precise conversion?
You need to have the official Sony PlayStation 1 movie converter tool to investigate #3. If some shifty soul wanted to convert this video to STR and send it to me, I could investigate further. ;)
I made my best effort to ensure jPSXdec is very mathematically accurate, so I can at least recommend jPSXdec if you want #4.
Download all the converted images, along with more details (including some source code) on how I did all the conversions.
25Oct2009: updated download with corrections and included convertible test STR.
23Nov2009: updated download with better PsxTulz screenshot (thanks T_chan!).