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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This noise artifact often appears like little mosquitoes surrounding these objects, hence the colorful name.
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The VP50 is the next evolutionary step beyond the VP The test sequence was sent to ABT for review. There are many DVD players, including high end ones or even STBs, that can only give you a p or p signal, which was already de-interlaced isan another processor. The processor also has the ability to accept future upgrades via software updates.
As such, these devices make deinterlacing errors and introduce dvod into the picture. Nothing is perfect, however, and dgdo VP50 had a tough time with a Jackie Chan movie that apparently has something strange that causes most de-interlacers to think Film mode is enacted. The VP50 Pro also adds two 12V trigger options. Advanced Features This unit includes a number of advanced features and controls to maintain the quality of your audio and video signals.
However, there are quite a few situations where you can’t really conform to that requirement.
At the time of our last article the iScan VP30 was DVDO’s highest end video processor and required the ABTD Precision Deinterlacing Add-in Card to produce the less than 2 frames of lag while still applying edge and motion adaptive processing, deinterlacing, and resolution scaling.
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. Go to Part II. For a more detailed discussion of this issue, check out our big feature on the subject here.
Since projectors generally look their best when displaying a native resolution signal, this results ddvdo a cleaner picture. I can’t think of where this might be useful. Control over the first one is not given, and it simply turns isccan and off depending on the VP50 Pro ‘s standby condition on when the unit is turned on, off when it is turned off. The VP50 is no exception, and it contains a single analog audio input I would have preferred at least one moretwo optical digital and one coaxial digital audio input, as well as the ability to decode audio standard formats only, not the HDMI 1.
The second 12V trigger status can be changed through the output menus. While it’s not a complete MPEG artifact removal algorithm the unit still does not support a blocking and macroblocking solutionthis feature works quite nicely in removing the little noises that surround high detail areas, logos, and subtitles, caused by MPEG type compression.
To be fully honest, the verdict is still out.
I personally believe that there are two types of processor owners. It still needs some work audio glitches, aspect ratio, some features v50 the overscanbut it’s probably the best deal for the cash at isdan point in time, particularly for anyone needing HD de-interlacing. Scaling is good, but I do find it a tad soft and would hope that ABT invests more research into including a scaling algorithm that is sharper, particularly when scaling up i to p.
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.
Another nice benefit in HDMI 1. With the sources currently available Vpp50 1. Deinterlacing is a standard feature in projectors and most DVD players, and deinterlacing quality has been improving consistently over the past few years to the point where most projectors do a wonderful job.
However, ABT should start investing in a better scaling algorithm in the very near future. With fixes like the Faroudja DCDi algorithm, video was barely edible – but add something a bit more complex like 2: Details were extra ordinarily crisp.
I’m still convinced, of course, that processors should get the source material as closely as possible to the original content i. The audio inputs serve as both a switch and a lipsync delay engine that adapts itself to the source as necessary.
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The implementation here is mostly a proof of concept, which shows that the unit is capable of such features, but that the missing ingredient is still not there PC software to customize the graphs, or preferably on screen dvro to control each point like with the Lumagen and Pixel Magic products.
I would say that they have similar traits when they set to Low, and both do the job. This device is THX certified. I did not need to change to custom timing, but this would be the point where a more experienced user could adjust the VP50’s output iiscan to ensure everything is ok. The advantages are clear, but the main disadvantage was recent findings that in some combinations of sources and receivers, there were a few issues like audio dropouts, noise bursts, and other problems.
Just like the VP30 add-on, which uscan crazy cadences, and maintains a proper lock – so does the VP ABT is planning on adding additional features to the unit, but I will review only those features available to me at this point, of course.
If we add HDTV to the mix, we have to talk about i-top processing. In addition to HDMI 1. The downside is that audio must be fed through the VP50 to accomplish this processing, and the VP50’s cvdo connectivity is not nearly as diverse as its kscan options.
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As beta versions were released, a continual improvement in the unit’s picture quality and stability were clearly noticeable. In my tests, at the Low setting, this produced quite adequate results and did give an apparently sharper image. Test Pattern Generator – Finally, the VP50 incorporates a suite of test patterns to aid you in calibrating your projector.
However, I had a tough time finding anything that was in i video mode ican test with.