Originally Posted by Jim Hef
Smarty can offer more info here, but I don't think the "processing" comes into play for BluRay discs within the Oppo, so pausing shouldn't degrade the image. For upconversion of DVDs, yes, it would be better to try to film the playing video.
With your pics, I would say both are equal, but that's a general consensus about BD player to BD player! Nice pics though...super detailed.
As long as it's 1080p/24fps, then there should be no problem with pause state.
I had been confused before about whether the detail and edge enhancements were effected when pause was on, but it appears that with further testing after that, that those settings are still functionable.
Now if the res for BR is 1080/60, as opposed to 1080/24, I don't know if the ABT chip has anything to do with that conversion or not... so user beware.
Also, if the res is anything less that 1080p with BR, then the ABT chip IS effecting the pic, and a pause state will not be an accurate pic.
For dvd, source direct and/or 480i will bypass the ABT chip, but anything else will not be accurate in pause state.
Be careful too with BR, as there are some discs that are native 1080i. Mostly concert discs, but a few movies are too, like the Canadian version of Se7en.