This is the definitive spec sheet on the DVDO iScan VP50PRO:
The iScan™ VP50PRO is the world’s first video processor to be HDMI 1.3 enabled. The iScan VP50PRO converts standard definition, high definition and PC signals from your DVD player, HD-DVD player, Blu-Ray Disc player, HD DVR, game console, or PC to any output resolution up to 1080p.
The iScan VP50PRO incorporates several of Anchor Bay’s acclaimed Video Reference Series, VRS™, technologies including:
Mosquito Noise Reduction - Reduces random noise which appears along the edges of compressed images in SD and HD content
Fine Detail Enhancement – Extracts fine detail in low resolution or compressed SD or HD content
Edge Enhancement – Sharpens edges without adding ringing
Precision Deinterlacing™ – 480i/576i/1080i 10-bit Motion, Edge & Source Adaptive Deinterlacer
• Five-field motion adaptive deinterlacing
• Edge adaptive processing to produce smooth diagonal edges
• Three frame video processing delay (Max)
• Game Modes with very low latency (sub-1 frame delay, 2 frame delay with Edge adaptive processing)
• Arbitrary cadence detection (any:any) to detect non-standard cadences in input signals.
o Reliable 2:2 pull-down detection for 50Hz countries
o Detection of 2:2 to/from 3:2 crossfades and out of phase 3:2 crossfades
o Detection of multiple source types within a frame for example video titles over film
o Bad edit detection and compensation to minimize artifacts caused by sequence breaks in film content
PReP™ - Progressive ReProcessing of 480p, 576p and 1080p input signals allows poor deinterlacing of any source to be undone and done correctly using Precision Deinterlacing™.
Precision Video Scaling II™ -10-bit Scaling up to 1080p
Progressive Cadence Detection™ of 480p, 576p, 720p and 1080p input signals – Allows source-locked framerate output of film-based content (24/48/72Hz)
Rightrate™ – High-Performance Framerate Conversion which enables 24/48/72Hz or 25/50/75Hz output of film-based content. Outputs include 1080p-24 and 1080p-48.
Precision Gamma Correction™ - Individual R/G/B Adjustments
Precision A/V Lipsync™ - Intelligent digital audio delay technology to match Audio and Video timing
AutoVFR™ – Intelligent Component Video Inputs with Automatic Video Format Routing
AutoCUE-C™ – Automatic Chroma Upsampling Error detection and correction
• THX Video Certification - The World's First and Only Video Processor to earn this certification
• ISF ccc Day/Night Modes
• 4 HDMI 1.3 Inputs which process 480i/p, 576i/p, 720p-50/60, 1080i-50/60, 1080p-24/25/50/60, and VGA-SXGA@60Hz signals
• Analog HD Transcoding and Processing
Input Aspect Ratio Controls
•Presets: 4:3 full frame, 4:3 letterbox, Panorama (non-linear stretch), 16:9 full frame or user-defined aspect ratio (10)
•Flexible Horizontal and Vertical Zooming & Panning controls
•Overscan Adjustment per input
Output Aspect Ratio Controls
•Presets: 4:3, 16:9, 2.35:1 or custom output aspect ratio
•Separate Display/Lens/Screen Adjustments
•Underscan Adjustment to eliminate Overscan inherent in a display
•Panamorph Mode 1 and Mode 2 compliant
10 User-Defined 'Display Profiles' – For multiple display, framerate, and image shift configurations
•10-bit 300MHz Instrumentation Quality DACs (2x Oversampling for 1080p)
•Full-frame Timebase Correction
•High performance, multi-standard video decoder (10-bit: 480i/576i; 12-bit: 480p/576p/720p/1080i)
•High-quality super-adaptive comb filter with 2D Y/C separation
•Flexible Digital and Analog Audio switching and routing – 4 HDMI audio/video inputs, 5 assignable audio inputs (4 digital, 1 analog) with 1 HDMI audio/video output and 2 active digital audio outputs.
• Predefined output resolutions for Plasma, DLP, LCD, LCOS, and CRT-based displays:
• User customizable output resolution from 480p (720x480) to 1080p (1920x1080)
Twelve Video Inputs Available
• Two Composite (NTSC/PAL/SECAM)
• Two S-Video (NTSC/PAL/SECAM)
• Two Component (YPbPr or RGB/S) processes 480i/p, 576i/p, 720p, 1080i
• One RGBHV/Component (BNC-style connectors) processes 480p, 576p, 720p, 1080i, VGA/SVGA/XGA/SXGA@60Hz
• Four HDMI 1.3 processes 480i/p, 576 i/p, 720p, 1080i, 1080p-50/60, VGA/SVGA/XGA/SXGA@60Hz
Nine Audio Inputs
• Four HDMI (HDMI v1.3)
• Two Coaxial Digital
• Two Optical Digital
• One Analog Pair (L/R)
One Analog Video Output
• Using High Quality BNC-style connectors
• Configurable for YPbPr, RGBHV, RGB/S, or RGB
One Digital Audio/Video Output
• Using HDMI (High Definition Multimedia Interface) connector
• Configurable for YCbCr or RGB
• Also carries audio (HDMI v1.3)
Two Digital Audio Outputs
• One Coaxial Digital
• One Optical Digital
• Infrared remote control with direct access codes or manual controls on front panel
• Functions accessible via either On Screen Display (OSD) or 2 line, 20 character front-panel LED display
• RS232 port for software downloads and automation.
• Fully programmable controls for each separate video input with non-volatile memories:
- Automatic input source detection & input priority selection
- Picture controls with memory for each input: Fine Detail, Edge Enhancement, Brightness, Contrast, Saturation, Hue, Y/C Delay, CUE-Correction
• Output Controls: Analog/Digital, Format/Resolution, Aspect Ratio, Sync Type, Colorspace (RGB or YPbPr), Frame Lock, Display Profiles (10)
• 35 Built-in test patterns for ease of set up
• Universal AC mains input: 100 – 240 VAC @ 50-60 Hz
• Consumption <60W
• Sleep Mode – automatic 30 second timeout indicated by power indicator color change
• 10.4”x17”x2.2” (26.3cmx43.4cmx5.5cm) with feet
• 10.4”x17”x1.8” (26.3cmx43.4cmx4.6cm) without feet
• Rack Mount Included
• SD/HD-SDI Input Module with Two Inputs http://www.anchorbaytech.com/product...on_hdi-sdi.php
• Silver Front Bezel
• USB-to-Serial Adapter
Q: What is the iScan VP50PRO?
A: The DVDO® iScan™ VP50PRO is the world's first HDMI 1.3 enabled audio/video processor. The iScan VP50PRO is a high-definition video processor and A/V hub that converts standard definition, high definition (including 1080p) and PC signals from your DVD player, HD-DVD player, Blu-ray Disc player, HD DVR, game console or PC to any output resolution between VGA and 1080p, including popular HDTV resolutions such as 720p and 1080i.
The VP50PRO serves as your complete A/V hub, providing audio/video switching (with HDMI 1.3 compatibility) that simultaneously eliminates A/V lipsync and allows a one wire connection to your display or AV receiver.
The iScan VP50PRO brings three new Video Reference Series, VRS, technologies from Anchor Bay. The first is Mosquito Noise Reduction which reduces random noise which appears along the edges of compressed images. The second new technology is Fine Detail Enhancement which extracts fine detail in low resolution or compressed images. The third new technology is Edge Enhancement which sharpens edges without adding ringing. These algorithms are functional on all processed input signals (SD/ED/HD). Additionally, the iScan VP50PRO includes 10-bit Precision Deinterlacing™ and Precision Video Scaling™, PReP™ (Progressive ReProcessing), Progressive Cadence Detection™, Rightrate™ and Precision AV LipSync.
Q: What features does the VP50PRO have, which the iScan VP50 does not have?
A: • Mosquito Noise Reduction of SD and HD sources
• Fine Detail Enhancement of SD and HD sources
• Edge Enhancement of SD and HD sources
• HDMI 1.3 enabled
• THX Video Certification
• ISF ccc Certification
• Enhanced Anamorphic Lens Modes
• Two 12V triggers
• Upgradeable to HD-SDI http://www.anchorbaytech.com/product...on_hdi-sdi.php
Q: What VRS™, Video Reference Series, technologies are incorporated into the iScan VP50PRO?
A: The iScan VP50PRO incorporates Anchor Bay's Mosquito Noise Reduction, Fine Detail Enhancement, Edge Enhancement, Precision Deinterlacing™, Precision Video Scaling II™, PReP™ (Progressive ReProcessing), Progressive Cadence Detection™, RightRate™ framerate conversion, AutoCUE-C™, and Precision AV LipSync™
Mosquito Noise Reduction
Video compression is a commonly used technique to squeeze more video content onto a disc, or beam down more channels via satellite, or transmit more channels over a cable. By using video compression content providers can achieve better economies of scale and offer the consumer more video content - e.g. more channels, bonus materials, etc. The problem with nearly all video compression methods is that too much of it causes compression artifacts. These artifacts are often seen by the viewer as ugly ringing around text letters or noise - often called mosquito noise.
To counter this Anchor Bay has developed a proprietary method of selectively removing mosquito noise. Unlike some methods of noise reduction that often makes the image worse by removing too much detail or causing blurring during motion, Anchor Bay's Mosquito Noise Reduction is designed to isolate the most objectionable of artifacts without removing detail or causing motion blur. To do this Anchor Bay had to devise a proprietary method of both isolating and predicting areas in the image where this noise is likely to occur. The end result is a highly effective noise reduction method that is impervious to motion, yet, largely maintains the integrity of the detail in the image through our conservative approach in removing video compression artifacts.
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Fine Detail & Edge Enhancement
Sharpness controls are not new in the world of video - nearly every TV sold in the last 20 years features a sharpness control. However, sharpening controls merely accentuates medium detail at the expense of fine detail and often adds horrible "halos" around the edges and lines. While this trick was a reasonable approach for standard definition TV, when screen sizes were well under 30 inches, today's large screen TVs and HDTVs have made traditional sharpness controls highly undesirable since the damage they cause is now magnified with such larger screens. In addition, traditional sharpening controls tend to exaggerate any noise in the image by making it more pronounced so noise becomes even more pronounced when viewed on a large screen HDTV.
Anchor Bay has designed VRS Precision Detail & Edge Enhancement with large screen HDTVs in mind. Using patent pending technology, VRS Precision Detail & Edge Enhancement is able to isolate areas of the image where hard edges are prevalent and increase fine details without adding halos or ringing. The net effect is quite extraordinary - images have more "pop" and fine detail such as blades of grass or even the pores on an actor's face are drawn out making your large screen HDTV even more enjoyable. Moreover, VRS Precision Noise Reduction can be used to remove objectionable ringing and noise in the image before using VRS Precision Detail & Edge Enhancement to draw out the fine details in the image."
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Anchor Bay's 10-bit Precision Deinterlacing delivers the image quality demanded by today's large-screen, high-resolution displays. It eliminates many of the artifacts found in common deinterlacers to produce a smooth image, free of artifacts such as jagged edges and combing. VRS Precision Deinterlacing features five-field motion-adaptive deinterlacing and edge-adaptive processing for video sources, along with advanced cadence detection for film and animation sources. All processing is performed at full 10-bit resolution to preserve all the detail and subtle nuances in the video source. Edge-adaptive processing uses an adaptive, continuous-angle detection algorithm to accurately identify and smooth image edges.
Unique, "any-cadence" processing automatically locks to the wide variety of film and animation cadences found in current video sources, including non-standard cadences, and will track right through many types of "bad edits" and cadence changes. VRS Precision Deinterlacing also features operating modes for special video applications, such as low-latency processing for video games.
Precision Video Scaling™
Anchor Bay's 10-bit Precision Video Scaling technology is based on Anchor Bay's proprietary video scaling engine that can independently scale an image horizontally and vertically to achieve an outstanding picture quality for today's high resolution video displays. The scaling engine is completely flexible, accepting standard definition (480p, 576p) and high definition (720p, 1080i and 1080p) inputs and outputting any resolution from VGA (640x480) to 1080p (1920x1080) with multiple standard and custom aspect ratios. Since the scaling engine is completely flexible, other image manipulation features are also supported including zoom, pan and border controls.
The Precision Video Scaling technology was first deployed in Anchor Bay's DVDO® iScan™ HD. It has recently been designed into Denon's flagship DVD player, the DVD-5910 and is being designed into products that require exceptional video scaling performance available in the market.
PreP™, Progressive ReProcessing
Anchor Bay's Progressive ReProcessing (PReP™) is the video processing industry's first processing method that significantly improves progressive video signals and removes artifacts caused by inferior interlaced-to-progressive conversion.
Video signals that originate in an interlaced format are often degraded by artifacts incurred when the signal is converted from interlaced to progressive formats by general purpose chips in DVD players, AV receivers, and set-top boxes. Until now, there has been no way to improve these signals to optimize images on high-resolution displays. Poor interlaced-to-progressive conversion is especially problematic with large-screen HDTVs, as upscaling to higher resolutions often amplifies artifacts created in the conversion process, making them more noticeable.
As a solution to this problem, Anchor Bay introduces PReP, an advanced video processing technology that reverts the progressive video signal output from source equipment to its original interlaced format. PReP then converts the interlaced signal to progressive format, this time applying the source, edge, and motion adaptive algorithms in its Precision Deinterlacing™ technology to eliminate jaggies, combing, and other degrading effects. PReP technology allows 480p, 576p, 1080p/50, 1080p/60, and other formats to be processed by this method.
Progressive Cadence Detection™
Film-based content, which originated at 24 frames per second, is broadcast at 50 or 60Hz. Anchor Bay's Progressive Cadence Detection can lock on to the original 3:2 cadence in the broadcast, reacquiring the original 24 frames per second. This signal can then be output at a source-locked 24, 48, or 72Hz eliminating the judder that existed in the original broadcast signal. Progressive ReProcessing can be used with 480p, 576p, 720p and 1080p input signals.
Anchor Bay's RightRate technology converts the input frame rate to the optimal display frame rate without causing 'tearing' in the output frame. Anchor Bay's high performance frame rate conversion also supports converting film sources from 24 frames per second to 48, 60 or 72 frames per second for NTSC format and from 25 frames per second to 50 or 75 frames per second for PAL/SECAM format. The higher frame rates eliminate flicker in high-end displays such as CRT front projectors. In addition, driving displays at 48 or 72 frames per second (NTSC) and 75 frames per second (PAL) often results in smoother motion in panning scenes.
Anchor Bay's RightRate technology is extremely flexible, allowing the output frame rate of the video source to be changed to precisely match the frame rate requirement of today's high resolution displays.
Anchor Bay's AutoCUE-C technology automatically detects and removes chroma artifacts that are caused by incorrect upsampling of the chroma (color) signals by MPEG decoders in DVD players and satellite receivers. These artifacts are especially noticeable as horizontal streaks in images with highly saturated colors. When the artifacts are removed, the resulting picture quality is significantly improved, providing a much clearer and true-to-life image.
Precision AV Lipsync™
Anchor Bay's Precision AV LipSync technology is designed to automatically delay the audio signal to match the video processing delay in other Anchor Bay products. As a result, the AV Lipsync problem that is caused by video processing delay is eliminated. If required, the audio delay can also be further adjusted to correct any AV Lipsync problem that may be already be present in the AV source.
The iScan VP50PRO also uses Precision Gamma Correction™ which allows the user to get optimal performance from their display. Precision Gamma Correction™ allows individual adjustments to the gamma curves of the red, green, and blue elements that exist in all current display technologies.
Q: Does the iScan VP50PRO use the same SDI input module as the iScan HD, HD+, VP30, and VP50?
A: No, the iScan VP50PRO uses a new SD/HD-SDI Input Module that has two inputs and requires a different internal connector than the SDI-601 SDI Input Module. The new SD/HD-SDI input module is not compatible with previous iScan models.
Q: Can I purchase an iScan VP50PRO with the SDI input module installed.
A: At this point, this card is purely a user/dealer-installable upgrades. Both are very easy to do and the installation of either will not void your warranty.
Q: What are these 'Game Modes'?
A: These modes can reduce the amount of video delay to less than a single frame. In many competitive processors the effects of applying complex algorithms to the video image results in upwards of a seven frame delay. This can inhibit the real-time performance for gamers who want instantaneous response to react to stimuli and to realize peak performance from their application. The VRS Precision Deinterlacing™ Game Modes will reduce frame delay down to slightly less than one frame of video.
Q: What comes on the 'VRS DVD' that ships with the VP50PRO?
A: The DVD that comes with the VP50PRO includes many test patterns to assist the you in optimizing the setup and to evaluate the performance of your iScan VP50PRO (or any other video processing). This DVD was produced by Stacey Spears and Don Munsil (S&M) and I strongly believe that this will be the Reference DVD that everyone uses to compare video processing from now on.
The Static Patterns include:
Picture Controls (Brightness/Contrast, Color/Tint, Y/C Delay, and Resolution)
Geometry (Frame Geometry, Image Cropping, Cross Hatch - Coarse, Cross Hatch - Fine, and Focus)
Gray Scale (10IRE - 100IRE Windows and Gray Ramp)
Half Patterns (Black/White, Color 7 Bars 75, Color (7) Bars 100, Color (8) Bars 75 and Color (8) Bars 100 - These are the 'other half' of the test patterns which are built into the iScan VP50PRO)
The Motion Patterns include:
Chroma Upsampling (ICP, 2-2, and 2-3)
Source Adaptive (Film, Film Detail, and Synthetic Wedge - Each test patterns has 2-2, 2-2-2-4, 2-3-2-3, 2-3-3-2-2, 2-3-3-2, 3-2-3-2-2, 3-3, 4-4, 5-5, 6-4, 8-7-8-7 cadences as well as a sped up cadence and bad-edits)
Edge Adaptive (Jaggies at 45/20/10 degress, Jaggies at all degrees, Video sequences which have very difficult diagonals: 'Ropes', "Ship' , 'Hockey', and Bridge')
Mixed Mode (Horizontal Text and Vertical Text)
There is also a Demo Loop which goes through all of the deinterlacing evaluation content.
The Source Adaptive 'Film' and 'Film Detail' content should be familiar to everyone, they are the infamous Cafe scene (ever wonder what happens after the bum gets the newspaper?) and Super Speedway, respectively.
Q: What signals can the iScan VP50PRO output?
A: There is one analog output and one HDMI 1.3 output. Only one output is active at a time.
The analog output colorspace can be either RGB or component, YPrPb. Sync options for the output video include separate H & V syncs, separate composite sync, or sync on the video. Sync on video can be either bi-level or tri-level sync. In addition, the separate sync signals' polarity can be inverted if required. To use the iScan VP50PRO with a cable terminated with RCA connections, you will need RCA-to-BNC adapters.
The digital output colorspace can also be either RGB or component, YCbCr. Additionally, when component colorspace is selected, the sub-sampling can be either 4:4:4 or 4:2:2 and the user can also choose between 601 and 709 color gamuts These options may be limited by the display that you connect to. The sync on the H & V syncs can also be inverted. If your source has a DVI output (and no HDMI output), a DVI-to-HDMI adapter or cable will be needed to connect this source to the VP50PRO. The same is true, if your display does not have an HDMI input, but does have a DVI input. Typically, DVI sources and displays only use RGB 4:4:4 colorspace.
The iScan VP50PRO is fully configurable with respect to output resolution and aspect ratio. There are 35 factory-defined presets. Predefined formats include 480p, 576p, 540p, 720p, 1080i, 1080p, VGA, SVGA, XGA, SXGA, various plasma resolutions (852x480, 1280x768, 1024x1024 ALiS, 1365x1024, etc.), DLP resolutions (1280x720, 1024x576), various LCoS resolutions (1400x1050, 1365x1024, etc.), and various CRT resolutions (1440x960, 1440x1152, etc.).
Alternatively, it is possible to easily define an output format. This can all be done from the front panel of the iScan VP50PRO or with the On Screen Display (OSD) using the remote control without the need to use any PC-based programming tools. The iScan must be 'Advanced' user mode to have access to these settings. Typically, you'd probably just start from one of the predefined formats and modify it to fit your needs. For instance, if you need 854x480 instead of 852x480, you can just increase the horizontal active video area by 2 pixels.
Q: What audio formats can the iScan VP50PRO support?
A: The audio section of the iScan VP50PRO supports S/PDIF formatted audio with sample rates ranging from 24kHz to 192kHz. It will likely handle sample rates beyond this range, but is only guaranteed to support sample rates within this range. The iScan VP50PRO will pass digital audio having any bit-depth resolution up to 24 bits, at all supported sample rates.
The iScan VP50PRO will also pass compressed digital audio (e.g. Dolby Digital or DTS) provided the audio bitstream has been properly formatted for S/PDIF (IEC60958 or EIAJ-CP1201 standard) transmission by the digital audio source (according to international standard IEC61937). The iScan VP50PRO does not alter the sample rate, format, or content of the digital audio whatsoever; it merely inserts a programmable delay into the transmission path.
Users should take care to use proper digital audio cables in order to guarantee valid audio reception and re-transmission. Both coax and optical cables should have high-quality, positive mating connectors at both ends. Coax cables should have a 75-ohm characteristic impedance. The use of couplers or other types of adapters to extend the digital audio cabling is not recommended.
The HDMI inputs will also accept audio, given that the video signal is on the same input. If the audio format is Dolby Digital, dts, or PCM then the audio available on the HDMI output from the source will be available at optical/coaxial digital outputs. Excluded formats include Dolby TrueHD, Dolby Digital Plus, dts-HD, MLP (DVD-Audio) and DSD (SACD) which SPDIF connections are incapable of carrying due to bandwidth limitations. The HDMI 1.3 output does support high-bit rate audio and the audio delay function, Precision AVLipsync, is also available on high bit-rate audio.
There are some HDMI sources that do not output the correct audio signal when connected to an HDMI repeater, like an AV receiver or video processor. In these instances, we recommend that use an alternative method of sending audio, like the optical or coaxial digital audio outputs.
Q: Can the iScan VP50PRO take an HDMI input signal and output that same signal over the analog outputs?
A: If the input signal has HDCP (High-bandwidth Digital Content Protection) legally we must turn off the analog outputs. If the input signal does not have HDCP, then the iScan VP50PRO CAN output this signal as an analog signal (either RGB or component) at any resolution between VGA and 1080p.
Q: Tell me more about the HDMI connections on the iScan VP50PRO
A: The HDMI inputs on the iScan VP50PRO can process 480i/p-60, 576i/p-50, 720p-50/60, 1080i-50/60, 1080p-24/25/50/60 and VGA/SVGA/XGA/SXGA@60Hz. The HDMI input and output connectors on the iScan VP50PRO are backwards compatible with DVI-D inputs and outputs when used with an HDMI-to-DVI adapter or cable.
Most sources that have an HDMI output also carry HDCP (High-bandwidth Digital Content Protection). If this is the case, the analog outputs on the iScan VP50PRO must be turned off. This is a legal constraint. If the incoming signal does not have HDCP and it is one of the resolutions that the iScan VP50PRO can process, this signal can be output as an analog signal with either RGB or component colorspace at any resolution between VGA and 1080p.
Note that if you have an HDCP source and a non-HDCP display, you will probably not get a picture, whether or not you use the iScan VP50PRO.
Q: What kind of aspect ratio control does the iScan VP50PRO offer?
A: The iScan VP50PRO offers full control over the input and output aspect ratio.
Input aspect ratio
With respect to input aspect ratios, a full range of control is offered by the iScan VP50PRO. There are 4 predefined input aspect ratio settings:
4:3 Full Frame: to watch 4:3 content while preserving the aspect ratio
4:3 Letterbox: to watch 4:3 Letterbox, non-anamorphic, content full screen with no geometric distortion on a 16:9 display.
4:3 Non-Linear Stretch (Panorama): to watch 4:3 content stretched to fill a 16:9 display. In this mode, the image is distorted such that most of the stretching occurs at the side of the image, not the center.
16:9 Full Frame: to watch 16:9 anamorphic content while preserving the aspect ratio. This mode can also be used to watch 4:3 content on a 16:9 screen, although the image will be stretched horizontally
You may also specify any other active aspect ratio for the input by manually zooming/panning the input image. This also allows the user to reformat the image in any way desired, so the iScan VP50PRO doesn't enforce a set of fixed aspect ratios.
If you would like to zoom in on the image to remove the small black letterbox bars found with a 1.85:1 source on a 16:9 display, then you can simply do so without having to guess at the numeric aspect ratio which would do this. The user can define and save up to ten input aspect ratio presets.
Output Aspect Ratio
The iScan VP50PRO supports 4:3, 5:4 and 16:9 and 2.35:1 output aspect ratios, which are the aspect ratios of the majority of systems today. Additionally, the user can define a screen aspect ratio between 1.01:1 and 3.00:1. The iScan VP50PRO also supports the use of both constant height and constant width configurations. The iScan VP50PRO is Panamorph™ Compatible.
Q: How do I configure the VP50PRO when it is used with a front projector that has an anamorphic lens?
A: The Output Aspect Ratio controls of the VP50PRO allow the User to define the aspect ratio for the display/projector, lens, and screen independently.
For a constant-height configuration where the lens is fixed in front on the projector, the 'Lens' mode needs to be changed based upon the aspect ratio of the content that is being viewed. For content that has an aspect ratio of less than 2.35:1 the correct 'Lens' mode is 'Mode 2' and for all content that has an aspect ratio of 2.35:1 or more 'Lens – Mode 1' is correct. Display profiles can be used to save these two modes.
For a constant height configuration where the lens is moved out of the way of the projector for all content that is not 2.35:1, the user only needs to select 'Lens – Mode 1 Auto'. This preset will automatically define the display as '16:9' and the screen as '2.35:1'. Additionally the VP50PRO can control an anamorphic lens with a 12V trigger by connecting to Trigger #2 on the back of the VP50PRO and changing the 'Output Setup – Trigger 2' setting to 'Lens'. All of the aspect ratio controls are now done with Input Aspect Ratio controls. If the content that you are viewing is formatted in a 4:3 aspect ratio, like standard definition broadcasts, than the Frame aspect ratio should be set at '4:3'. If the content is anamorphically enhanced or high definition, than the correct Frame aspect ratio is '16:9'. The 'Active Area' parameter controls how the content with picture information (versus black bars) and formats it correctly. If the content that you are watching is 2.35:1 content, than the correct 'Active Area' is 2.35:1. Although if the content that you are watching is 1.78:1 (16:9), than the correct setting is '1.78:1'. The user can also define a custom aspect ratio (within a range of 1.01:1 – 3:1).
Q: Tell me more about the lipsync correction on the iScan VP50PRO
A: The iScan VP50PRO has 4 discrete digital audio inputs (2 optical and 2 coaxial) and 1 analog audio input (L/R) each of which can be assigned to any of the video inputs. The HDMI 1.3 inputs can also accept audio, if the video signal is on the same input. The iScan VP50PRO is also compatible with high bit-rate audio. If the incoming HDMI signal has HDCP, then the iScan VP50PRO can not output this audio using the optical or coaxial digital outputs, only the HDMI output. When you switch to a particular video input, then the audio input which has been user-assigned to that video input will also be selected. For example, when you switch to Video 1, then the audio input which has been user-assigned to Video 1 will also be selected.
The digital audio outputs provide a delay which matches the video processing delay of the iScan VP50PRO. Note that this delay will vary depending on the current configuration and processing mode of the iScan VP50PRO. 50 Hz sources will require a different amount of delay than 60 Hz sources, and frame rate conversion requires more delay than no frame rate conversion.
The correct audio delay for all inputs is set automatically, so you need to do nothing extra to match audio and video delays. In addition, there is a user-adjustable delay which can be added or subtracted on top of the automatically set delay for problem sources.
Anchor Bay's digital audio technology is called "Precision AV Lipsync™".
Q: Does the iScan VP50PRO have an On Screen Display (OSD)?
A: Yes, there is an OSD that allows you to control all of the major parameters: output resolution, input and output aspect ratio, frame rate conversion, picture controls, and audio delay
There's also a 2 line, 20 character display on the front panel, mainly for initial setup purposes when you may not have a picture on your display yet.
Q: Tell me more about the frame rate conversion feature on the iScan VP50PRO
A: There are 3 basic operating modes for frame rate (or vertical frequency) conversion:
Source-lock mode where the output frame rate exactly matches the input frame rate.
Arbitrary output frame rate which is not locked to the input.
Progressive source-lock mode with frame rate conversion to an even multiple of the source frame rate. 24 Hz film-source material using a 3:2 pulldown pattern can be output with 2:2 pulldown at 48 Hz or 3:3 pulldown at 72 Hz. 25 Hz film-source material using a 2:2 pattern can be output using 3:3 pulldown at 75 Hz. These output rates are fully locked to the original 24 or 25 Hz source rate and are not actually 'floating' as with several other scaler products which offer 72 or 48 Hz output frame rates without really locking to the original film source rate.
Q: What do the different frame rate options mean?
A: First of all, note that there are separate settings for 24Hz, 25Hz, 50Hz and 60 Hz sources. This allows you, for instance, to configure the iScan's output to behave differently with NTSC, PAL and 1080p-24 sources. One potential advantage of this is that if you have a display which only works at a single frame rate - say, 60 Hz - that you can have the iScan run in locked mode (see below) for 60 Hz sources but convert all 24 and 50 Hz sources to the 60 Hz frame rate the display needs.
Locked mode (1:1). This means that the iScan's output frame rate tracks the input rate - i.e., the output rate is locked to the input rate. In the 1:1 mode - i.e., 60 Hz source-locked to 60 Hz, and 50 Hz source-locked to 50 Hz, 24Hz source-locked to 24Hz - there is always exactly one output frame for every input frame/field. This mode has the advantage that there are never any dropped or repeated frames (unless the source itself does this). One disadvantage of this mode is that when the video source is changed, the iScan has to re-lock to the new input signal timing. This causes a disruption in the iScan's output signal while the locking process occurs, and can cause many displays to loose sync to the iScan's signal and temporarily blank.
Unlocked mode. This means that the iScan's output frame rate is independent of the input rate. Regardless of any variations in the input, the output frame rate will be fixed at the specified value. This mode results in the most stable output signal as it's independent of any changes in the input signal. Unlike the locked mode(s), the iScan's output signal timing will not be disrupted when the input source is changed. However, it's guaranteed to cause dropped or repeated frames as the input and output frame rates are not the same. Note that regardless of what number the unlocked output frame rate is set to, it will never be identical to the input rate in this mode as the output signal timing is independent of the input timing. These dropped/repeated frames can result in visible irregularities in smooth motion, sometimes called motion judder or stutter.
Locked mode (2:2 or 3:3). For standard definition interlaced sources the iScan can detect 2:2 and 3:2 pulldown cadences and convert these to either a 2:2 or 3:3 frame repetition rate. The main advantage of this is for 60 Hz sources using 3:2 pulldown, as the irregular 3:2 pattern can be converted to 2:2 at 48 Hz or 3:3 at 72 Hz. In these modes, each original film frame is repeated exactly 2 or 3 times, respectively, and motion is therefore smoother. Note that these modes are only useful when the video source is film-based - i.e., 3:2 pulldown for 24 Hz film on 60 Hz sources, and 2:2 pulldown for 25 Hz film on 50 Hz sources. If the source is not film-based, then the end result is a lot like unlocked mode without that mode's stability advantages.
Motion-judder test pattern. The iScan has a built-in test pattern generator to help you determine which frame rates your display supports. This is the test pattern with the vertical bar which pans horizontally back and forth across the screen. Note that this test pattern is used to determine the capabilities of your display, and does not provide any indication of motion smoothness (or lack thereof) in the iScan's output. The test pattern is used with the unlocked output mode of the iScan. You set the (unlocked) output frame rate to be the one you're testing your display for, and observe if the back and forth panning motion of the test pattern is smooth or if it jerks or stutters. If the former, then the display supports that particular resolution and frame rate without performing any frame rate conversion of its own; if the latter, then the display is performing frame rate conversion on the signal.
Examples. These configuration options provide a lot of flexibility to deal with differing source and display characteristics. Let's look at a few examples:
a) The display only supports 60 Hz input. In this case, the iScan must produce a (nominal) 60 Hz output. For 60 Hz sources you can run in either 1:1 source-locked mode, or in unlocked mode with the output frame rate set to approximately 60 Hz. You might choose unlocked mode if the display takes a long time to re-sync to new inputs and you channel-surf a lot. Locked mode will provide the smoothest motion and guarantee no dropped or repeated frames. For 50 Hz sources, you'd set the iScan's output to unlocked with a (nominal) 60 Hz frame rate. This will result in some motion irregularities as the iScan periodically repeats frames to convert the 50 Hz input to the 60 Hz output rate, but since the display only supports 60 Hz inputs there's not much you can do.
b) The display only supports 50 Hz input. This is the opposite of case A, and the required configuration is also the opposite - i.e., the output frame rate for 60 Hz source should be set to 50 Hz unlocked, and the rate for 50 Hz sources can be set to either 1:1 locked or unlocked at 50 Hz (for all the same reasons noted in the first example).
c) The display supports a wide range of frame rates (e.g., a CRT projector). In this case you can configure things most any way you like. If motion judder with 3:2 pulldown bothers you, then use the iScan's 48 Hz or 72 Hz source-locked output options for film-based 480i/1080i sources. If not, then 60 Hz locked is a good choice. For 50 Hz sources, unless you notice display flicker at 50 Hz, you'd probably want to run at 50 Hz locked to avoid repeated/dropped frames.
d) A digital display supports a narrow range of frame rates, either around 50 Hz or 72/75 Hz. If the display supports both 50 Hz and 48 Hz, and the primary use of 60 Hz source is film-based material, then you would likely want to configure the iScan as 48 Hz source-locked for 60 Hz sources, and 50 Hz locked (or unlocked, if desired) for 50 Hz sources. If the higher frame rate (72/75) is desired or required, then both source types can be configured for the 3:3 source-locked output option. For non-film material you may find that there's too much motion stutter, although that tends to be a very personal thing as not everyone perceives this the same way (as with low frame rate display flicker).
Q: How does the iScan VP50PRO detect incoming signals?
A: The iScan VP50PRO has been designed to detect which of the thirteen possible input devices is turned on and is generating an active signal, and then to automatically switch to that input. With this capability, you can switch inputs simply by turning one input device on or by turning another device off.
The iScan VP50PRO also includes an "Input Priority" option which specifies which of the inputs to use when they are multiple active inputs.
There is also automatic source detection, so you can let the iScan VP50PRO do the switching if you wish. When you select an input source, one of the selections is "Auto", which is the iScan's automatic source switching. When in auto mode, the iScan VP50PRO will consult an internal priority list for the inputs (the list is user-configurable) and will choose the highest priority input that has an active signal.
Q: What kind of power supply does the iScan VP50PRO come with?
A: The iScan VP50PRO comes with a universal 6VDC @ 7A AC to DC external power adapter, which accepts 100-240 VAC at 50/60Hz. The iScan VP50 uses the same power supply.
Q: I have an A/V receiver to handle the switching of my A/V sources. How should I hook up the iScan VP50PRO in my set-up?
A: It is not necessary to route all the video signals through your A/V receiver. While this can be convenient, the iScan VP50PRO can also handle all the video switching for you and will also maintain A/V synchronization for all audio signals you choose to feed through it. In general, it's a good idea to minimize the amount of video switching that you're doing and the number of components that a video signal is routed through - i.e., you may not want to route everything through the receiver.
If you run your video and audio sources to the iScan VP50PRO first, you can then use the switching capabilities of the iScan VP50PRO instead of the A/V receiver. The audio output, either Optical/Coax or HDMI (with video), of the iScan VP50PRO can feed the A/V receiver and it can then do the audio processing (outside of simple audio delay to match A/V sync). In the case of an HDMI connection to the AV Receiver, you will also need to send video out of the AV Receiver over HDMI to your display. All video processing modes in the AV Receiver should be defeated, if possible.
An alternate method would be to use the A/V receiver as the audio switcher and run a single digital output to the iScan VP50PRO. To do so, the receiver needs to have a digital processing loop - i.e., you can select a source with the preamp, send it out a digital output to an external processor of some sort (in this case, the iScan VP50PRO), and then send it back into the preamp for audio processing. The iScan VP50PRO will provide an audio delay which exactly matches the video processing delay. The A/V receiver will do everything else. There are very few receivers with this kind of functionality.
If the A/V receiver has a global delay function, then you could use this to delay the audio to match the video. However, you'll have to match the delays yourself, and you won't make use of the iScan VP50PRO ability to change the delay based on the type of video processing being performed.
Q: Will the iScan VP50PRO improve the picture quality of standard definition channels from my satellite system (DSS)?
A: Picture improvement of heavily compressed standard, and even high, definition satellite channels is often very subjective, and depends to a great deal on exactly which aspects of the image are objectionable. The iScan VP50PRO does incorporate three new technologies that do specifically address this issue: Mosquito Noise Reduction, Fine Detail Enhancement and Edge Enhancement.
One artifact of compression is mosquito noise. This kind of compression noise is apparent along the edges of compressed images, especially text. Anchor Bay's Mosquito Noise Reduction can significantly reduce this noise providing an appreciably better picture. Additionally, Anchor Bay's Fine Detail Enhancement can extract fine details in the image that were masked by this compression. Finally, Anchor Bay's Edge Enhancement can improve the perceived sharpness of the image without adding additional ringing.
Q: What does the color of the power LED on my iScan VP50PRO mean?
A: iScan VP50PRO power LED color table:
No LED = Standby Mode or Front Panel Brightness set to 0
Red/Solid = No Signal Received
Green/Solid = Unknown/Unsupported Signal Received
Blue/Solid = The iScan VP50PRO is processing the input
Blue/Blinking = The iScan VP50PRO is processing the HDCP input signal but the display is not HDCP compliant (DVI or Analog)
More information is available here: http://www.anchorbaytech.com/product...ms/vp50pro.php
Trade-In Credit/Upgrade Information can be found here: http://www.anchorbaytech.com/support/upgrades/dvdo.php
We do not plan any board-level upgrades from the VP50 because not only the hardware is different in the VP50PRO, the chassis is different too.
BIG question for me is if all advertised features are available now at product launch or whether some are planned as a future firmware upgrade.
(I am asking as a VP50 owner...)
You will notice that THX Certification is not mentioned above. This is because the VP50PRO is still being tested/certified.
Any word on MSRP?
Now, if it only included a color management system. . . .
ChromaPure Software/AccuPel Video Signal Generators
MSRP: $3499 (information added to first post)
Can this be configured with two HDMI outputs to send HD audio and video out independently from each other?? At an extra cost??
Will there be extra trade in allowances for VP-50's with the SDI board installed??
There is only one HDMI output on the VP50PRO so I do not see how this can be done.
Will there be extra trade in allowances for VP-50's with the SDI board installed??
We are looking at adding the SDI Input Module to our trade-up program.
When is it available?
What features does the VP50PRO have, which the iScan VP50 does not have?
Is that a "does not have AND WILL NEVER GET" or are there still any (software-) upgrades planned for the VP50 ?
Is that a "does not have AND WILL NEVER GET" or are there still any (software-) upgrades planned for the VP50 ?
Everyone of these features in the VP50PRO:
Can not be supported in the iScan VP50.
Mosquito Noise Reduction of SD and HD sources
Fine Detail Enhancement of SD and HD sources
Edge Enhancement of SD and HD sources
HDMI 1.3 enabled
ISF ccc Certification
Two 12V triggers
Upgradeable to HD-SDI
Josh - Does this mean that 1920X1080P-72 & 75 are not available?
Everyone of these features in the VP50PRO: .... Can not be supported in the iScan VP50.
actually what I expected, but I could image that some people won't like it... I hope for a reaonable upgrade offer though
Any timeframe when the upgrade offers will be announced ?
So for me VP50 + Flea = Pro
Denon DVP - everyone else loves it.
We expect to ship the VP50PRO in Late August/Early September (yes, that is 2007)
yeah, but they can't please everyone. I would have rather had another set of componet, I only need a couple hdmi at the moment. I have LOTS of legacy. (have yet to see an hdmi laser disc player. )
Denon DVP - everyone else loves it.
Wanna trade? I give you both of my component ins for one HDMI. I'll even toss in two composites and one s-video for free
Yep, you are right, they can't please everyone.... I assume DVDO has designed their product for what the majority of potential customers would want .
If so Josh, I'll have to take a day off and visit you guys in Campbell again.
In many competitive processors the effects of applying complex algorithms to the video image results in upwards of a seven frame delay. This can inhibit the real-time performance for gamers who want instantaneous response to react to stimuli and to realize peak performance from their application. The VRS Precision Deinterlacing Game Modes will reduce frame delay down to slightly less than one frame of video.
That only applies to interlaced input signals. Will there be a Game Mode for progressive scan input signals in which cadence detection can be turned off for a <1 frame delay?
Currently, the VP30 is DVDO's best processor for gamers with progressive scan sources (for example, any current-gen console) because it lacks the cadence detection "feature" on progressive input signals. On the VP50, and I have to assume the VP50Pro as well, progressive scan signals are always delayed several frames, making it a bit misleading to advertise "Game Mode" as a feature without pointing out that it doesn't apply to any current consoles (which will all exhibit exactly the problem Game Mode is advertised as solving).
Will this be fixed?
I see avs has a great deal already. If I read Jason's post it would be $2999 from AVS. Minus $500 for upgrade taking us to $2499? So what's the value of the VP50? If a VP30 to VP 50 gets $1600 would the Vp50 bring in more?
If so Josh, I'll have to take a day off and visit you guys in Campbell again.
I'm unclear on how where you got your numbers from.
The VP50 MSRP is $2999
The VP50 Pro is $3499 ($500 more than the VP50's original price)
As for the upgrade cost, we'll have to see since the VP50 and VP50 Pro are pretty close in price to begin with. If its too big of a delta, I can see a lot of members adding a Flea instead unless the other features become a larger factor.
edit: Upgrade price is $1499 for VP50 to VP50 Pro.
At the top of Video Processor forums page is a sticky from Jason here at AVS.
He notes the preorder pricing for the VP50pro to be $2999 with AVS if ordered berfore 8/31. He then states that you can trade in through AVS and get an additional $500 off the trade in price. Now I guess it all depends on the trade in price. If its $3499 then trade in cost will be $2999 minus VP50 trade in value. BUT if it's $2999 minus "additional" 500 minus the VP50 trade in value then it may run in the $500 ball park. All prior upgrades have run $1000 or so. BUT I'm hoping since the vp50 was somewhat of a minor upgrade with a major cost bump from the VP30 that we VP 50 owners would be "rewarded".
I think you're right, but I'm hoping you're not. I'd even love a very very loyal customer reward. I feel like I've helped financed the VP50 pro with the HD, VP30, and VP50.
All in all, I'm amazed at how quickly DVDO has become entrenched in the competitive VP market. Kudos goes to these guys for offering this level of performance at the price points that they do.