Re: Tried and true HDTV 1080i settings?
What monitor are you using ?
Also, have you tried VGA ?
Answering your side question, example for a 1080i clip :
VIDEO: MPEG2 1920x1080 (aspect 3) 29.970 fps
For such a clip to be displayed correctly you would need a 59.94Hz modeline, since it's interlaced (2 fields per frame).