I ran across this post the other day and it struck my interest...
Or the next version will contain a high quality convergence/panel alignment correction algorithm for 3-chip projector owners, which I hope/think will be of higher quality than what the projector manufacturers (e.g. Sony) currently offer. More to come in future versions...
Since I already use a PC (OpenELEC/XBMC/WMC) I'm wondering when it will be released.
Displays: Samsung PN64F8500/JVC X35
AVR: Pioneer VSX-1018AH, 5.1 audio
Sources: HTPC(Mediabrowser), PS3, XBOX360, Wii, Sony DVP-CX995V
Control: Harmony One
I'm guessing 3-chippers are simply the most obvious target and others could benefit. I'm also presuming it would/will offer multi-zone adjustments and that's where I'm really interested. Even if it's only in one pixel increments (not sub-pixels) I would find it very valuable... or should I say my JVC would.
But madVR doesn't work in any of those. That's really my biggest problem with it, well not madVR or Madshi's work (which are both awesome) but with using a PC/HTPC, it's just so fragmented. madVR is awesome, you can do CMS, high quality scaling, I see he's added a dering filter now, but it's only useful in the apps that can use it, and that excludes linux (OpenELEC), XBMC, Windows Media Center, PowerDVD, WinDVD, TMT, since they all use their own video renderer which can't be changed (well XBMC might work with DirectShow rendering). So unless you can use a madVR compatible program for everything you watch, you won't get the same calibration/quality for everything.
PC based is both a blessing and a curse. I can easily switch to a supported player with little or no additional cost.
Not always, if you're using WMC for TV, you can't just switch to a different player for TV. Likewise if you want to watch a Blu-ray disc (not ripped) and have menus you can't just switch to a different player. Netflix, Amazon, etc.
I've read multiple times now that Sony's convergence / panel alignment feature results in pink (or multi-colored) discoloration in specific test patterns. It was on my to do list for a long time to add panel alignment / convergence correction to madVR, and so I wondered *why* the discoloration would occur. And after some tests I found out. Here are some test images:
original test pattern ---> correction in gamma corrected light
The corrected image is a result of my own panel alignment / convergence correction algorithm, by using gamma corrected light (which is what movies are usually encoded in) to "realign" the green channel. The red and blue channels are left untouched. In the corrected image you will see the typical pink discoloration. I think that this is probably what Sony users are seeing when using the Sony projector panel alignment feature? The cause of the discoloration is that the processing is not done in linear light, as it should be.
Of course madVR will use linear light processing. Since your computer monitors (which you will probably use to look at these images) are probably not properly calibrated, I've created a few different images now, with different gamma values:
linear light correction, with gamma value: - 1.8 - 1.9 - 2.0 - 2.1 - 2.2 - 2.3 - 2.4 - 2.5 - 2.6 -
One of them should be neutral without noticeable discolorations on your display.
FWIW, the main purpose of this feature will be panel alignment correction for 3-chip projectors (doesn't matter if it's DLP, LCD, LCoS or whatever). But the algorithm should also be able to correct chromatic aberations caused by non-perfect lenses. So it might also be helpful for some single chip projectors.
This feature may result in a small loss in sharpness, though. So it will be to everyone's personal judgement whether using the algorithm improves overall image quality or not. That might also depend on the exact correction necessary for any given projector. E.g. sharpness loss will be biggest if a channel needs to be corrected by 0.5 pixels. Correction by 0.1 or 0.9 pixels costs much less sharpness than correcting by 0.5 pixels. If convergence differs for the 4 edges of the screen, sharpness loss will also vary across the screen, depending on whether correction will be nearer to 0.0 or to 0.5 for each separate pixel.
I don't know of anything that's always. However you can view WMC recordings including Live TV with XBMC. Other players will play its files via various methods including native support. Similar options for the others... bottom line the blessing is probably greater than the curse.
Thanks. That was the goal of starting this thread...
Yeah, but then you lose the ability to resume watching where you had previously stopped it, along with per-movie subtitle settings (or or off on a per-movie basis), etc. I was never really satisfied using an external player with XBMC.