What mode should Shrek the third HD be in? Film, Video or Auto? I have a HD-A2.
If someone could explain these setting I would appreciate it. I have read that Auto at times does not detect properly. Does this setting really matter?
For HD-DVD content, on the A2, this setting doesn't matter whatsoever, it just doesn't apply.
The setting is solely to set the deinterlacing mode for standard DVDs, if output res at something other than 480i. As stated, 95% of the time set it to auto and forget about it, however
Because film is 24 frames/sec and video is 60 frames/sec, there isn't an easy way to display film on a video device without messing up the framerate. So the "film" setting attempts to smooth out the process by doing what is called a 3:2 pulldown. This is only for sources that are filmed based. If you process video based content with film's 3:2 pulldown, you will mess up the framerate and will degrade the picture
is a totally inaccurate explanation what is going on. For a real explanation, read the Secret of Home Theater article
on progressive scan DVD. Film mode deinterlacing is either detecting the 3:2 cadence by examining the decoder output, or looking at flags in the MPEG data, then intelligently recombining the fields to recover the original frames. Trying to do this with video source material doesn't "mess up the frame rate", what it does is cause combing artifacts from combining fields that belonged to different frames, when an object in the frame moves. So if you are seeing such artifacts in your video based material (some, not all TV shows, sporting events, concert videos, etc.), then you can force video mode to avoid them.