Originally Posted by cnath
I'm in the EAP2 and gave the BDP 83 a yes vote today - this is my first post....I may be a little off topic here, but I couldn't figure out any other place to post where I'd find BDP 83 owners ...I have a question for anyone in the EAP that might have the new Jeff Beck live Blu-ray disc - I finally had a chance to watch it this evening and was shocked at how lousy the picture quality was - so bad , in fact, I'm wondering whether I have a "bad" disc.
Every other Blu-ray I've played over the last month or so has looked amazing. After playing part of the JB disc, I put on several regular concert DVDs, and they all looked at least as good overall, and mostly better, which makes no sense to me, even with the excellent up-conversion in the Oppo. I realize some discs won't look as good as others ( I've actually produced a couple of music DVDs, so I know all the variables that can occur) but the motion blur and lack of clarity in the JB blu-ray is disconcerting , to say the least. I've read nothing but great reviews about this title, and so I wanted to hear from anyone here that has the disc and could report on their thoughts about the quality. I thought about seeing if I could make some screen shots, but it's almost impossible for me to find a non-blurry frame to pause on.... My regular DVDs on the other hand, are nice and sharp in comparison - At one point I thought maybe a DVD was packaged by accident in the Blu-ray box...no such luck
Anyway, I consider myself a relatively knowledgeable person when it comes to video, but this just seems weird to me..I'd like to know if it's just me, or does anyone else see the "lack" of quality I'm seeing?
By the way, using the Oppo with HDMI direct into a Sony XBR6, if that helps..
Most Blu-Rays you play will be movies -- on disc as 1080p/24. Live concert discs like the Jeff Beck, however, are on disc as 1080i/60.
Presuming you have a modern, digital display, that means this 1080i/60 has to be de-interlaced at some point before the pixels light up on your display.
If you are using Source Direct output from the Oppo, that de-interlacing will be done by your display. So check how you have the display set to do such stuff. In particular, make sure you do NOT have the display set to Movie/Cinema style de-interlacing all the time. There should be an Auto setting in your display that will tell it to automatically switch between film-mode and video-mode de-interlacing as necessary. That's what you want.
In addition, there are some notorious displays out there which do a particularly awful job of de-interlacing 1080i. What they do is 1080i -> 540p -> 1080p, which has the effect of discarding half the vertical resolution. I do not know if your Sony display has this problem but I suspect not.
Even if the display doesn't have this particular problem, and even if you have it set correctly, it may just not do a particularly good job of de-interlacing 1080i. That's actually a fairly common problem even in expensive TVs. The result won't be as bad as with the problem described above but it is still not "right".
Alternatively, you can have the Oppo do the de-interlacing. To get this you will need to select 1080p (or 720p) output from the Oppo. For your display, I presume 1080p over HDMI cabling would be the right choice.
The Oppo ALSO has a setting which controls how it does de-interlacing. That's in Setup > Video Setup > HDMI Options > De-interlacing Mode. That should be set to Auto.
The Oppo does an excellent job of de-interlacing 1080i content for HDMI output, so this is definitely the preferred choice unless you are very confident in the HD de-interlacing solution in your TV.
Also, make sure that Setup > Video Setup > Primary Output is set to HDMI.
ETA: You mention "motion blur". If your TV is an LCD with a motion smoothing feature, check your setting on that for this input as well. Again this is something that may only screw up (if set incorrectly) when you are feeding 1080i video-based content to the display.