Originally Posted by tkmedia2
So that's from an uncompressed raw video capture?
The pics were taken from the raw capture AVI, with no post-processing done whatsoever. The capture process was basically as follows:
* The HLD-X9 was adjusted so that all DNR and Y/C modes were disabled, or adjusted to minimum.
* The composite output from the X9 was passed into a Toshiba RD-XS35 DVD recorder. This unit features a well-designed Y/C separation circuit, and can deliver Y/C separated video to YPbPr component outputs. The RD-XS35 was adjusted so that all DNR modes were disabled.
* The YPbPr component outputs from the RD-XS35 were sent to a computer video capture card, the PDI Deluxe from Pixel Magic systems. This card features component input jacks.
* The PC program VirtualVCR was used to control the video capture process on the computer used to convert LD analog video to digital video data. This program has a capture preview window, along with preprocessing controls (brightness, contrast, saturation, hue, sharpness)... and a luma histogram which allows the proper setting of black and white levels for a particular source input.
* Real-time playback of the laserdisc was captured by the computer, and written to an AVI file. The video A/D conversion was rendered using Huffyuv, a lossless-compression digital codec, and saved in YUY2 colorspace format. The audio was captured bit-accurate from the LPCM or AC-3 digital audio tracks from the laserdisc source.
* The screengrabs were taken directly from the capture AVI, and saved to JPEG format (except for the first colorbar picture). For some reason, PNGs from the AVI would not load to the image hosting site I use.
The results from these tests were better than I expected from an analog video source. Good color separation, fairly low noise, and decent shadow detail are in evidence for that particular source (Jurassic Park CLV, THX-certified LD). Suffice it to say, I'm impressed with the Pioneer HLD-X9. I hope that other X9 (or X0) users will post pictures from their conversions.