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Old June 11 2009, 11:54 PM   #61
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I have a Sony HDMI upconverting DVD player hooked up to a LCD HDTV via HDMI and the TNG and TOS DVDs look excellent and vastly superior to the TV broadcasts. The TNG discs look as good as the SciFi HD broadcasts, and with even less artifacts than the digital cable delivers.
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Old June 12 2009, 04:37 PM   #62
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ManaByte, do you still do reviews or Mailbag type things anywhere? I really enjoyed how you ran the IGN DVD section and It hasn't really been the same since you left.
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Old June 12 2009, 08:05 PM   #63
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ManaByte, do you still do reviews or Mailbag type things anywhere? I really enjoyed how you ran the IGN DVD section and It hasn't really been the same since you left.
I started a blog about a year ago for Trek/SciFi type things. Haven't really been doing anything with it lately, but I may pick up sooner or later depending on my schedule with classes and the like.

http://starbase.wordpress.com

I have wordpress on my iPhone, so I may be able to update more often.
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Old June 12 2009, 11:08 PM   #64
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I watched Booby Trap tonight (again on the PS3) and in some parts, specifically Geordi in the holodeck (Utopia Planitia) the quality of the picture is astonishing. Riker and Picard walking down the corridor is quite poor though.

'Frame of Mind' looks dreadful. I'm amazed by the variability of picture both between different episodes and within episodes between different scenes
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Old June 12 2009, 11:13 PM   #65
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I'm watching TNG right now on DVD, and I admit S1 and 2 look rough but they always did. The rest of the seasons always looked fine to me.

From the OP's picture up-thread I'd ask what kind of TV he is using, because judging from that screen-cap (setting aside any oddities with taking a picture of a TV, uploading it and then putting it here) I'd ask what kind of TV he is using. I'd guess a CRT or early RP.

My TV is an HD RP and TNG's DVD looks fine and perfectly watchable for me.

HDTV with HDMI connection.


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Old June 12 2009, 11:28 PM   #66
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I'm watching TNG right now on DVD, and I admit S1 and 2 look rough but they always did. The rest of the seasons always looked fine to me.

From the OP's picture up-thread I'd ask what kind of TV he is using, because judging from that screen-cap (setting aside any oddities with taking a picture of a TV, uploading it and then putting it here) I'd ask what kind of TV he is using. I'd guess a CRT or early RP.

My TV is an HD RP and TNG's DVD looks fine and perfectly watchable for me.

HDTV with HDMI connection.


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But even then it differs markedly. I have 3 devices that upscale a SD to HD picture - my Sony TV, my PS3, my Sony DVD player.

The PS3 is by far the best upscaler of the three (the DVD player and the TV are 2 years old whereas the PS3 gets upgraded).
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Old June 12 2009, 11:29 PM   #67
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$50 is about standard MSRP for a TV season these days.
Not really. Most season sets of non-Fox shows I see are around $20 - $30.
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Old June 12 2009, 11:31 PM   #68
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But even then it differs markedly. I have 3 devices that upscale a SD to HD picture - my Sony TV, my PS3, my Sony DVD player.

The PS3 is by far the best upscaler of the three (the DVD player and the TV are 2 years old whereas the PS3 gets upgraded).
That pic was from a Blu-ray player on a 22" 720p HDTV.
I also tried it on the Blu-ray player in the living room on a 42" 720p HDTV.

Both had terrible artifacting.
It's possible I have a bad batch of discs.

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Old June 13 2009, 05:12 AM   #69
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As for the FX aspect, I'd be happy if they just adopted the pragmatic conservativeness used in the TOS remaster... a mostly faithul re-rendering of the original shots, with the occasional flourish or enhancement where it would really make an impact, or when it can be used to cover plot holes, glitches or undo special FX failure from the original shots.

And having seen the job done with the TOS blu-ray, obviously it's possible to have your cake and eat it too, since they can keep the old shots for those that just want a cleaned up live-action picture.
But how would they present the old shots for posterity ala the seamless branching on the TOS-R Blu-rays? They can't just simply up-res the video to 1920x1080 for the old VFX shots. For those -- the motion control miniature work done at Image-G -- they have to transfer all the multiple 35mm passes for each shot because they were all filmed separately (silhouette matte pass, beauty pass, window light pass, deflector glow pass, running lights and strobes pass, nacelle glow pass, bussard glow pass) and re-composite them digitally over the original background plates of stars and planets if they are available... and those are just the space shots!

The one upside to the way TNG was put together in post production was that the 35mm film was telecined to video then put away in storage... which means that all the optical transitions like fades and dissolves that were done in editing didn't affect the film elements directly (because they were done only in the video realm). In TOS the negatives were cut and spliced and sent through an optical printer for transitions and you can see the quality drop on the Blu-rays every time there is about to be an optical effect. Sometimes this quality drop lasts quite a long time because they were fond of doing scenes in long master shots back in the 60s.

For TNG, there would be no generation loss on any 35mm transferred footage.
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Old June 13 2009, 06:48 AM   #70
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I've watched TNG on PS3 and 360 and it looks horrible for the most part on both.

How did they get TNG to be widescreen?
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Old June 13 2009, 06:55 AM   #71
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^ It's not, as far as I know. I switch over my TV to 4:3 so I can watch the show.


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Old June 13 2009, 07:10 AM   #72
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Odd. when I watch them on my Widescreen Samsung TV, they fit in perfectly WS, no bars or anything.
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Old June 13 2009, 07:38 AM   #73
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^ You may have smart fit automatically turned on. It zooms just enough to make a 4:3 behave like a 16:9. It reduces quality a bit, but if you don't want black bars it's better than just straight up Zoom.

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Old June 13 2009, 08:59 AM   #74
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It could also be streatching the image.
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Old June 13 2009, 09:00 AM   #75
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Well, if he's saying they fit perfectly, then I doubt any stretching is going on, since that would be immediately noticeable when anything round came into view, but you could be right, too.


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