At the higher end of the market, DVDO also sold the iScan VP50 and VP50 Pro. Originally retailing for thousands, these units are once again. The DVDO iScan VP is a high-definition video processor and A/V hub. This device converts standard or high definition from the user’s DVD Player, VCR, PVR. John checks out the DVDO iScan VP50PRO – a tasty THX Video certified and HDMI enabled video processor.
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Picture quality PQ on all of these inputs is exceptionally clear, and I have not seen a particular problem with those inputs. When a Panamorph lens is in use, the processor simply crops off the black lines, and upscales the non-black pixel rows of the source to fully cover the screen.
There’s a generous number of Genlocked source locked – preventing lost isscan repeated frames rates for each source, more than enough. For a more detailed discussion of this issue, check out our big feature on the subject here.
PReP detects this, splits the signal back down to fields and attempts to properly re-interlace the source. The unit includes a number of processing features that help maintain signal integrity, including de-interlacing, sharpness controls, RGB adjustments, frame-rate conversion, format routing, and automatic chroma up-sampling.
As the Pioneer plasma supports 72 Hz, I tried this, but saw no real benefit projector owners will probably see a slightly better image with less judder.
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Like I said, I am not convinced the difference is night and day, I would say that it’s far closer to optimal than what you would get without a processor in the middle. The two algorithms definitely behave differently. See any errors on this page? The Gamma Correction feature is a bp50 addition that gives you the ability to change global gamma settings mostly useful for projectors or individual color gamma values mostly useful for. However, ABT should start investing in a better scaling vl50 in the very near future.
Prep was basically designed to overcome this core issue. This device is THX certified.
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The VP50 added HD processing to the mix — capable of de-interlacing i, as well as cadences in p that could be utilized towards generating genlocked outputs to the original ixcan frame rate.
Iscann image that was processed by the VP50 was cleaner and more attractive than the direct connection from disc player to projector.
For those with projectors that will not change the aspect ratio of material sent over an HDMI link, this is a life-saving feature that enables the use of an anamorphic lens for 2. As the VP50 does not have 5.
This puts the VP50 as the forerunner for SD de-interlacing. Our Vault pages may have some display quirks. The Prep feature is one innovation I found very interesting.
When using an interlaced signal from i up through ithe VP50 uses edge, source, and motion-adaptive deinterlacing to eliminate jaggies and other motion artifacts common to interlaced signals. Both perform the same. It supports p and offers HDMI 1. It includes sequences with unmatching cadence subtitles, overlay sequences, noisy sequences, badly edited video montages, and so forth.
However, there are quite a few situations where you can’t really conform to that requirement. However, I had a tough time finding anything that was in i video mode to test with.
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The VP50 also adds a few more toys, some of which I found to be useful and some that require more work. It primarily serves the good old CRT projector community, but those are becoming a rare breed that suffer from a serious lack of HDCP disabled sources. For those unfamiliar with the VP50, see my original review in January of this year.
The second 12V trigger status can be changed through the output menus. The audio inputs serve as both a switch and a lipsync delay engine that adapts itself to the source as necessary.
Feeding SD content to such a display, particularly one that has letterbox marks shows clear ringing that is the result of a less than ideal scaling algorithm. Consider a p projector equipped with this device. I would expect that the reason behind this is that most i content has fairly good cadence locks. As far as video is concerned, we tested the effects of HDMI 1.