Originally Posted by Alan Gouger
These processors offer filters not yet seen on consumer VPs. Consumer VPs have a typical sharpness filter which do nothing more then peak all frequency's & depending how its used can make a good source look bad and a bad source look worse. For instance most consumer detail enhance or sharpness filters do not go into the negative they only go in one direction...up
If your watching an overly sharp transfer you may want to soften it but have no option for doing so. The Tera has a set of notch filters, low pass and peaking filters some of which are frequency selectable allowing you to target the trouble area. You can easily tame an overly edgy transfer while extracting additional detail even on the best transfers while maintaining a natural not processed looking image. You can knock down that digital glare using the aperture filter. You may find the above subjective but for myself titles with excessive edge enhancement/ ringing is an annoyance that reminds me Im watching an electronic media and not film.
The Teranex gives you the tools and flexibility to address this. The NR features are also on another level. The processor also has full color CMS. These are very powerful PCs working in real time and they are noisy.
I know they are noisy, I have seen them at a friend's place. They seem more targeted as professional equipment for use in a broadcast studio.
It seems to me that all the filtering modes are nice but aren't you in a way modifying the material from the original intent of the master? Even if you were willing to do this, and you had access to the unencrypted video material, you can do even better in non real time by re-mastering the video material and burning a new Bluray disc. This software process would take multiple passes and much more time but would produce the best results. You already have access to unencrypted video because for the Teranex to work, you need HD-SDI which is not encrypted.
You can also do better noise reduction filters in software because you can try many different algorithms and do it selectively for different portions of the video material.
I consider CMS to be useful but you can already get this with a Lumagen Radiance for much less.
It seems that the Teranex offers features useful to a broadcast studio to enable them to on-the-fly, in real time tweak average to poor video material. I am not sure the Teranex buys you anything if the video material were already good such as that which is found in Bluray and HD-DVDs.