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HD DVD - Advice Please

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I am thinking of buying a HD DVD Player for Xmas. The quality always looks great in the shops. I Have HD ready Panasonic 42" Viera Plasma with 2x HDMI inputs - so should be compatible. I have r…
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9y, 4m agoPosted 9 years, 4 months ago
I am thinking of buying a HD DVD Player for Xmas. The quality always looks great in the shops.

I Have HD ready Panasonic 42" Viera Plasma with 2x HDMI inputs - so should be compatible.

I have read that some of the players 'upgrade' the signal from a standard DVD to HD signal. How does that work? Surely that is why there are HDDVD discs. Would be good if I could watch existing DVD collection at 'near' HD quality. I am not realy interested with HD TV on ppv at present.

I would welcome advice from anyone who has one of these as to how good they are, what to buy (product) - or whether better waiting till prices drop.

Many thanks:thumbsup:
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9y, 4m agoPosted 9 years, 4 months ago
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The 'upgrade' you refer to is called upscaling. The TV already upscales the image so it really depends whether the TV or the DVD player is better at the job. You may also get an improvement in picture simply because the HDMI output from the DVD player is a digital connection.
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MBeeching
The 'upgrade' you refer to is called upscaling. The TV already upscales the image so it really depends whether the TV or the DVD player is better at the job. You may also get an improvement in picture simply because the HDMI output from the DVD player is a digital connection.

Thanks MB - so does that mean I would be better with HDMI connection between DVD/TV?? I went for Gold plated low O2 scart leads originally. Suppose it depends if DVD player has HDMI output jack.
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As mbeeching has mentioned, the technology you refer to is upscaling - the upscaling device takes the original standard definition signal and adds extra pixels to generate the high resolution signal. While some devices upscale better than others, the simple problem is that when upscaling the device is still guessing at what colour the extra pixels should be and it can never know what they should be.

In some cases, the upscaling works well particularly cartoon/anime as the large blocks of solid colour are easy to upscale - Studio Ghibli films look fantastic. However where you have many similar colours such as on a sky, a sea or dark areas the upscaling doesn't work that well leaving a slight grain effect across the picture.

With an HD DVD there is no guessing, all the data for the high resolution signal is there which makes for a sharper picture with more detail. I personally notice the difference particularly in dark films like V for Vendetta and in any film where you have a lot of skin detail. If you have a PC, you can download 720p/1080p film clips and try them out on your TV to see what it looks like.

John
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I have a DVD player (not HD) which upscales and the picture is definately better using HDMI than component or scart.

Playing DVDs in a HD DVD player should have the same effect.

However some people say it has no effect with their set up.
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Thanks folks. Will look into it.

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