Ref: Macrovision FAQ by Antti Paarlahti who has graduated and left tut domain :-( I don't know whether he has new web account.

The only remains i have saved from the Antti's pages are here. Don't blaim me about the missing links I have not the files missing.

Here is a list of working Macrovision pages found by AltaVista with search "Macrovision FAQ":

Elektor Electronics had a construction article at last November (1997) whch explained some new features of Macrovision. The article was OK but the cool style seems to be: "To avoid discrete ICs and to get more compact device we stuffed all logic to XYZ2090LC64-15P which can only be obtained by our reader service. The Price is 100. The Figure above has a very general block diagram of the devide...". If they only distributed the logic source at Web but no! Try the learning by doing there...

A list of Macrovision-patents can be found here.

Disclaimer: This device must not be used against any Copyrighted material. In some countries it is permissible to make your own backup copy of your own video tape.

This implementation is based on the FAQ mentioned above. All files with .gz ending are compressed with gzip and are uncompressed by command gzip -d (at least in UNIX). After uncompress all .ps files are in PostScript format.

Macrovision eliminator V2.3, a implementation

Here is a PCB for Anttis design version 2.3. The device worked after first switching on and with Anttis recommended settings (I tested with PAL only). I made a backup copy of my Aladdin film and it was OK. The scope revealed though that the working was not so smooth as it first looked. Luckily the errors were not visible. The problem was the "data slicer" (C9, IC6A, R10, R11, D20, D21) in front of sync separator. If anyone knows the circuit I am happy to receive comments on it.

The DIP-switch settings can also be found at Antti's original schematics but here they are:

      ! START !  END  ! START
PAL   ! 0x05  ! 0x0F  ! 0x126
NTSC  ! 0x06  ! 0x0E  ! 0xFB
Switches are encoded in hexadecimal. First decode them to binary. Open (OFF) switches are '0'. Closed (ON) switches are '1'. Bit 0 is least significant digit and bit 8 is most significant.

I wrote my own schematics only so that it would be identical with my PCB design (ports switched etc.).

I anyone has experience about this design and SECAM please mail me the working dipswitch settings as I have been asked them several times.

Some comments of V2.3 design

I have not time to even verify these comments by myself but here they are
From: Michael Engelbrecht

 I have built your/Anttis Videodecoder, which I found on your webpage.
 It works nicely and I like the design, only I must remark a few mistakes
 which your should eliminate soon, as many people will be cursing and
 don't know what to do.

 D9 and D18 must be taken out (or use DIP-switches)
 D31 is for PAL only (or use DIP-switches)

 IC2c pin 9 must be connected to IC6f pin 13, not pin 12. Or use the last
 NAND gate as an inverter.

 R1 and R2 are ok, only they consume up to 1.5W producing a lot of heat.
 Use 330Ohm instead, works fine. Or tell people to take BIG resistors (1.5
 to 2W). The two transistors could use a heat sink, if the 100Ohms are used.

 Finally, tell people, that a closed DIP-switch is a 1 and an open one a 0.

Note for Windows downloaders

I keep on receiving complains that my zipped files are corrupt. They are not! The reason is somewhere in Windows. Try to save the files in binary and with different name e.g. no two dots. When managed to solve the problem mail the solution to me so that we can help other M$ victims.


Figure 1. Comparision of Macrovision versions.

The new system (e.g. Lion King) has also spikes inserted in place of colour burst just before vertical sync. These are almost impossible to remove with monostables. A line counter and decoder logic is required. Note also that the normal LM1881 detects the pseudo sync pulses.

Figure 2. Spikes inserted before vertical sync.

Figure 3. The group of first five pulses have risen.

Figure 4. The pulses are lowered.

Figure 5. All pulses are high.

Figure 6. As figure 5 but different time scale.

pam(at)iki.fi Updated 2004-12-15