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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As a processor owner, you are often told to configure your sources to output interlaced signals rather than de-interlaced. Benefits The VP50’s left rear panel PReP – Some devices such as certain cable and satellite receivers will only output a progressive-scan signal, and a lot of them do not have high-quality deinterlacing necessary for pristine home theater.

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. The new flagship model integrates the previously modular ABTD deinterlacer and is now rocking “VRS Video Reference Series Technology,” which allows for five-field motion adaptive deinterlacing and edge adaptive processing for smooth diagonal lines.

In fact, unless you take a long look, you can easily mistake one unit for the other. 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.

The image is simply maximized to the best the source can be shown, without adding artifacts to the mix. The test sequence was sent to ABT for review. Of course, given a less rigorous scaling ratio e. This is strange and has been reported to the company. As with all other processors, PAL 2: Nothing is perfect, however, and the 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.

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I personally believe that there are two types of processor owners. If we add HDTV to the mix, we have to talk about i-top processing. I’m not sure I can really quantify how much better one is from the other, I can only say that the two algorithms are different.


Anchor Bay Technologies Introduction. The image that was processed by the VP50 was cleaner and more attractive than the direct connection from disc player to projector. However, there are quite a few situations where you can’t really conform to that requirement. This puts the VP50 as the forerunner for SD de-interlacing. The picture was exceptionally clear, and even p sources looked better with the VP Since projectors generally look their best when displaying a native resolution signal, this results in a cleaner picture.

Something that ABT has not improved upon in quite a while is the scaling algorithm. Test Pattern Generator – Finally, the VP50 incorporates a suite of test patterns to aid you in calibrating your projector. The processor also has the ability to accept future upgrades via software updates. The area where the VP50 “should” shine is i video mode. With the sources currently available HDMI 1.

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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. I’m still convinced, of course, that processors should get the source material as closely as possible to the original content i. Ican speaking, some of the VP50 Iscaj features were originally intended for the VP50 hence the lack of a model number increment to something like VP60but could not be fitted into the VP50’s more limited hardware specification.

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 by another processor.

The VP50’s right rear panel. My main annoyance with the custom input aspect ratio was the inability to assign custom aspect ratios to buttons on the original remote. Handling of 24 fps is still pending, to be be tested with more devices that provide it as an output Sony BD players and receive it as an input Sony projectors. Many people already have a terrible DVD player that they want hooked up and improved upon. For those of you using anamorphic lenses or perhaps a 2.

And when HDMI 1. The most visibly challenging pieces in my equipment rack are processors, which don’t really have any visible reason for being on the rack.

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Scaling is good, but I do find it a tad soft and would hope that ABT invests more research iscna including a scaling algorithm that is sharper, particularly when scaling up i to p. It still needs some work audio glitches, aspect ratio, some features like the overscanbut it’s probably the best deal for the cash at this isccan in time, particularly for anyone needing HD de-interlacing. This feature, which came out after our last VP50 review essentially tries to correct a common phenomenon: In practice, the PReP feature is useful for any progressive signal, not just those from devices with sloppy deinterlacing.

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As far as video is concerned, we tested the effects of HDMI 1. The VP50’s left rear panel. The downside is that audio must be fed through the VP50 to accomplish this processing, and the VP50’s audio connectivity is not nearly as diverse as its video v50.

As beta versions were released, a continual improvement in the unit’s picture quality dvro stability were clearly noticeable. Discrete timing information posted on ABT’s website will let anyone with a Pronto or Pronto discrete code compatible remote to directly access aspect ratios.

This filter did produce unwanted artifacts quite quickly; however the combination of a positive EE filter and a negative FD filter often counteract each other, resulting in quite nice results. Once native rate mapping had been tested and I calibrated the display, it was noticeable that the VP50 needed a slightly elevated brightness setting on its analog and digital inputs.

It senses these conditions dvso re-interlaces the original data and detects using similar techniques that are used to detect cadence the two field sources and then de-interlaces them again, this time doing it properly.

Since there aren’t any HDMI 1. The only way to get the unit to stop combing was to put iscna in Game mode. Committed gamers who want their games to look their best even the old i consoles and play lag free on their high-end home theaters will appreciate the VP50’s dedicated deinterlacing capabilities. A movie with 2.

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When this option is in kscan, whenever the active area on the screen is at ratio 2. 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. I used several HD sources and content, including i60, i50 2:

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