Originally Posted by dokworm
I know this is an ancient thread, but I have been wondering how the VC300 compares to the new BMD Teranex 2D. Is the processing on the new unit up to the standard of the old?
As the new units are $1995, it would be interesting to know if they perform as well as the older $50,000 models.
I have one and posted a review over on the video processors forum.
Bottom line: Yes the image quality is very good and follows the Teranex tradition.
No HDCP support which leaves out BluRay, premium satellite and cable.
No remote capabilities (SDK promised but that will not be an average DIY thing)
No input switching, you would have to use an external box.
This is not intended for HT use. It's a professional format converter and does that job very well. There are too many negatives for average HT use and while the image quality is very good, I don't think that alone outweighs the advantages of a good HT processor such as a Lumagen or DVDO.
For my Ht it's great and I run HDSDI modified gear to get around the HDCP issues, but it's not what most people want feature wise in a consumer video processor.
P.S. It was the porting of that $50-80K box into a single chip that makes this $2000 version possible. It's also what put the former Teranex out of business. You need a huge market to recover the costs of a chip development like that. The consumer market for this high end scaler chip was too soft. Black Magic swooped in and bought the company at fire sale prices and since all the R&D into the chip was paid (rather defaulted) by the former company, it's actually very cheap to make the chip now.