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post #211 of 681
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Originally Posted by shahriar View Post

I am trying to find a suitable webcam to use the SKYPE function on my BDP -S780 Blu Ray player. Now, Sony's webcam ( cmd BR-100 ) is around $150 (C'mon !). Has anyone been successful in using other webcam (with a built in microphone) to Skype ? I see one member has tried the Microsoft Lifecam Cinema (?). Anyone tried other webcam on their SONY Blu Ray please ...if so, exactly which make/model number please.

Cheers !

Hello See post #165 of this forum :

"Supported Cams according to Sony Website

http://esupport.sony.com/US/perl/sup...74&mdl=BDPS780

Sony

CMU-BR100

Logitech

C250

Microsoft

LifeCam HD-5000
LifeCam VX-2000
LifeCam VX-7000
Microsoft LifeCam Cinema
LifeCam VX-5500
LifeCam VX-5000
LifeCam NX-3000
LifeCam Studio "
Note: The drivers for the these web cameras are pre-installed on the player.

* Broadband speed of at least 2.5 Mbps recommended (10 Mbps for HD). Video quality may vary. Subject to Skype's terms and conditions.
post #212 of 681
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Originally Posted by rightintel View Post

I bought the Kingston high-speed 2.0 8GB from Amazon $10...

I ended up getting a Sandisk Cruzer Blade 4gb, however, it is not high speed. Is high speed recommended for the S780 or will the Sandisk Cruzer do fine?
post #213 of 681
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Originally Posted by kmh71 View Post

Anyone having trouble viewing the 2 min. previews on vudu with this player? When I first purchased this player it worked fine. Not sure if it's from the latest fw update or what, but now it won't allow it. I can view trailers with no problem. If I use the vudu app on my Mitsubishi tv, I have no problem viewing the 2 min. previews.

I'm having trouble viewing ANY DVD BECAUSE MY PLAYER BROKE!!!!! All of the Apps work, but that's small consolation......right before Thor is being released in 3D too.....bummer in the summer.

Since I bought it from Amazon, I've got to send it back to some Sony repair facility in Laredo. Sony won't even send out a box for shipping it and I was too stupid to keep the box I bought.

Any advice out there???
post #214 of 681
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Originally Posted by InCali View Post

I'm having trouble viewing ANY DVD BECAUSE MY PLAYER BROKE!!!!! All of the Apps work, but that's small consolation......right before Thor is being released in 3D too.....bummer in the summer.

Since I bought it from Amazon, I've got to send it back to some Sony repair facility in Laredo. Sony won't even send out a box for shipping it and I was too stupid to keep the box I bought.

Any advice out there???

i will send you a PM with my advise, which worked for me once......
post #215 of 681
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Originally Posted by InCali View Post

I'm having trouble viewing ANY DVD BECAUSE MY PLAYER BROKE!!!!! All of the Apps work, but that's small consolation......right before Thor is being released in 3D too.....bummer in the summer.

Since I bought it from Amazon, I've got to send it back to some Sony repair facility in Laredo. Sony won't even send out a box for shipping it and I was too stupid to keep the box I bought.

Any advice out there???

Check your private email....I just sent you my advise.
post #216 of 681
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Originally Posted by Audio5oh View Post

I ended up getting a Sandisk Cruzer Blade 4gb, however, it is not high speed. Is high speed recommended for the S780 or will the Sandisk Cruzer do fine?

I think you should be okay with the Sandisk Cruzer.

I went with a PDP PATRIOT Extreme Performance Xporter XT Boost USB flash drive $13.99 mainly because it was inexpensive at 8gbs and got almost five stars review from 300 customers.

I know some see no on-board memory as a problem on the BDP-S780. For me its turned out to be a benefit --I plugged in the USB with 8gbs and forgot about it...I don't have to worry about any BD Live content filling up the 8gbs USB too fast. Likewise when I want to add content photos/movies etc. to the USB I use the same stick--its actually turning out to be pretty convenient. I even loaded a 3D "crosstalk" test I down loaded from the internet to the USB to test out my TVs 3D capabilities.
post #217 of 681
Hi,
i have a doubt about compatibility between the S780 and a plasma samsung TV, is it possible to use skype and the 3D features ?

thanks
post #218 of 681
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Originally Posted by ricarvalhal View Post

Hi,
i have a doubt about compatibility between the S780 and a plasma samsung TV, is it possible to use skype and the 3D features ?

thanks

I'll take a guess( since I don't own a Samsung Plasma TV) that the Skype will work since the Skype software is on the BDP-S780 and you will plug the Camera into the BDP-S780 USB port with the Samsung TV only acting as the display. ( just make sure the camera you use is compatible with Sony Skype software see post #211 below)

Likewise, I think the 3D should be okay too--as long as you use the 3D glasses that come the Samsung TV

Audio5oh, did you have any issues with the BDP-S780 and the Panasonic?
post #219 of 681
Hello,

I just got the S780 and picked up the MS HD Lifecam 5000 to use with Skype. I cannot get any audio through the mic of the lifecam; audio works fine the other way. I have tried turning up the mic via the skype option but it does absolutely nothing. I am updated to latest firmware.

Anyone else have this problem? Any suggestions?
post #220 of 681
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Originally Posted by averagejoe27 View Post
Hello,

I just got the S780 and picked up the MS HD Lifecam 5000 to use with Skype. I cannot get any audio through the mic of the lifecam; audio works fine the other way. I have tried turning up the mic via the skype option but it does absolutely nothing. I am updated to latest firmware.

Anyone else have this problem? Any suggestions?
The two Microsoft cameras I tried that worked with my S780 unit were the LifeCam Studio and the LifeCam NX-3000. Both worked video & sound as soon as I plugged into the USB. Supposedly the MS HD Lifecam 5000 drivers are loaded on the S780 too. Odd that the sound doesn't work. Did you try the 5000 on a PC to see if the camera itself is okay? Are you updated to latest firmware on both the camera and the S780?

Also maybe try a re-set on the player. Unplug the camera, hold down the power button on the S780 for several seconds. Then restart and try the camera again. You can also try unplugging the S780 from the AC and then restarting too.
post #221 of 681
Anyone have any luck playing the North American version of O Brother, Where Art Thou? On the 780?

It plays on the PS3 and Panasonic 310.
post #222 of 681
I've tried almost everything. I reset the player to factory defaults. I plugged the webcam into two other computers (where it works 100%). I changed the mic control settings. I even went out and bought a second S780 and Skype did the exact same thing on the new player; picture but no audio.

Is there a confirmed Lifecam HD5000 user in the forum?

I'm guessing that Sony or Skype has dropped support for the HD5000. I'd check but the damn page has been down for at least a week. I have a screen shot and the Lifecam HD5000 is clearly there.
post #223 of 681
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Originally Posted by averagejoe27 View Post

I've tried almost everything. I reset the player to factory defaults. I plugged the webcam into two other computers (where it works 100%). I changed the mic control settings. I even went out and bought a second S780 and Skype did the exact same thing on the new player; picture but no audio.

Is there a confirmed Lifecam HD5000 user in the forum?

I'm guessing that Sony or Skype has dropped support for the HD5000. I'd check but the damn page has been down for at least a week. I have a screen shot and the Lifecam HD5000 is clearly there.

Sorry for your trouble.

I use the Skype app on the S780 regularly and haven't really had any significant issues ( I don't however use the HD5000 camera). Sounds to me like a potential issue with the HD5000 or the HD5000 and the S780 ( maybe the S780 doesn't have the drivers for the HD5000 after all) Did you confirm that your HD5000 camera ( not the SBDP780) has the latest HD5000 firmware ?

Here's a link to a few comments where others are having problems using the HD5000 with the Skype app on their computers.
http://forum.skype.com/index.php?showtopic=684503 ( Sound problems reported on this forum too)
http://www.fixya.com/tags/lifecam_hd

Have you tried another camera? The LifeCam Studio worked okay for me ( I just didn't like the autofocus feature of the "Studio" because it kept going into auto fucus mode every time I moved) I eventually ended up buying the Sony Skype Camera which seemed to me to be the best "quality" video/sound ( albeit expensive) of all the other compatible MS cameras that I tried.
post #224 of 681
I have two of these players now and will get another lifecam studio for the other room. that one sony skype version is more than two of the lifecams. panasonic has a skype camera for these displays i have and its super expensive! ive had good results with the lifecam thus far. the focus issue is not a problem as long as you are not backlit or have strong reflections facing the camera. i have a tripod (for a camera) i have the camera on and its been superb.
post #225 of 681
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Originally Posted by Cortiz View Post

Check your private email....I just sent you my advise.

Thanks for your advice (and I'll probably use it in the future), but, for a one off reason, it wouldn't have worked (I'll explain off line if you wish). The Sony repair facility decided to send me a new (not even repaired according to them) 780. It sucks having the Thor 3D disk and no player, but at least HBO has Avatar (3D) on demand.

Has anyone else out there experienced a hardware failure with their 780? Have info with regard to reliability? I'm wondering whether there are reliability issues with this DVD player or whether I just got "lucky". Of course the information I'm asking for probably isn't going to give me a sure answer.
post #226 of 681
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Originally Posted by InCali View Post

Thanks for your advice (and I'll probably use it in the future), but, for a one off reason, it wouldn't have worked (I'll explain off line if you wish). The Sony repair facility decided to send me a new (not even repaired according to them) 780. It sucks having the Thor 3D disk and no player, but at least HBO has Avatar (3D) on demand.

Has anyone else out there experienced a hardware failure with their 780? Have info with regard to reliability? I'm wondering whether there are reliability issues with this DVD player or whether I just got "lucky". Of course the information I'm asking for probably isn't going to give me a sure answer.

Good to hear Sony took care of you. My personal experience with Sony Customer support when some of my equipment has failed in the past has always gone well.

BTW--I got my Thor 3D last week from Amazon--excellent 3D presentation, I really enjoyed it. Definitely, something for you to look forward to when you get your new player all set up!
post #227 of 681
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Originally Posted by LBJ2 View Post

Good to hear Sony took care of you. My personal experience with Sony Customer support when some of my equipment has failed in the past has always gone well.

BTW--I got my Thor 3D last week from Amazon--excellent 3D presentation, I really enjoyed it. Definitely, something for you to look forward to when you get your new player all set up!

I'm looking forward to seeing it also. Before my player took a dump on me, I watched the 3D version of "Voyage of the Dawntreader". When HBO put Avatar back on its On-Demand list, I watched it and was stunned by how much better the 3D effects were. I sat about 8 feet away and it was reaaaaallllly good.....I know there are some purists out there (more power to them, I'm not one of them) who only care about movies shot in 3D and, if the difference is that remarkable, I can kind of see their point. I still, however, think a good job can be done post production. I just can't see, for example, James Cameron doing a 3D remake of Titanic if he couldn't do an excellent job of it.

Thanks for the encouraging words.....3 days and counting.....
post #228 of 681
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Originally Posted by InCali View Post

I'm looking forward to seeing it also. Before my player took a dump on me, I watched the 3D version of "Voyage of the Dawntreader". When HBO put Avatar back on its On-Demand list, I watched it and was stunned by how much better the 3D effects were. I sat about 8 feet away and it was reaaaaallllly good.....I know there are some purists out there (more power to them, I'm not one of them) who only care about movies shot in 3D and, if the difference is that remarkable, I can kind of see their point. I still, however, think a good job can be done post production. I just can't see, for example, James Cameron doing a 3D remake of Titanic if he couldn't do an excellent job of it.

Thanks for the encouraging words.....3 days and counting.....

InCali can I see Avatar in 3D on HBO On-Demand? If, so I am going to resubscribe to HBO asap.

Edit:
Darn...I have DirecTV service and apparently they are not carrying the HBO Avatar 3D On-demand version which is odd--since DirecTV has 3-4 dedicated 3D channels...Oh well, back to using the 3D conversion button on my S780 next time I watch Avatar.
post #229 of 681
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Originally Posted by LBJ2 View Post

InCali can I see Avatar in 3D on HBO On-Demand? If, so I am going to resubscribe to HBO asap.

Edit:
Darn...I have DirecTV service and apparently they are not carrying the HBO Avatar 3D On-demand version which is odd--since DirecTV has 3-4 dedicated 3D channels...Oh well, back to using the 3D conversion button on my S780 next time I watch Avatar.

IMHO - FIOS TV rocks and I've tried virtually all of the competition. Their internet service kicks too.....very fast (10/30MB) and very good for streaming. The only complaint I have is that you can only watch/record 2 stations at a time. I understand with ATT, you can do 4. When I'm watching NCIS and my daughter is recording Glee (ugh....), I can't watch Clayton Kershaw win his 20th during the commercials. Life is rough in the outbacks of West LA.

As for Avatar, I'll just wait until this stupid deal with Panasonic is toast. I just can't bring myself to spend 70-80 bucks on the promo copy of a movie. I'll bet you anything that when it does get released, they'll have a ton of bonus features (maybe the theatrical re-release??) and people who laid out all that dough for a promotional copy will be double dipping. In the meantime, I'll watch it on FIOS. Really, REALLY awesome 3D.....

Oh.....wait....this is the Sony 780 Forum. I need to say something appropriate.

780, 780, 780......
post #230 of 681
I am not happy with the quality of Skype on Sony BDP-S780 - it is sub-par to the one from using a PC. I am using the Microsoft Lifecam Cinema camera - the picture quality is not that great - I get great picture quality when I use my PC with the same camera. Any thoughts on this?
post #231 of 681
The Sony camera made for the S780 isn't any better either.
post #232 of 681
Thanks,

I wonder if it is a DVD player software or hardware issue. I have seen the Sony camera using a Sony TV skype application, and the quality is very good - no comparison to the DVD player skype application...
post #233 of 681
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Originally Posted by dkritikos View Post

I am not happy with the quality of Skype on Sony BDP-S780 - it is sub-par to the one from using a PC. I am using the Microsoft Lifecam Cinema camera - the picture quality is not that great - I get great picture quality when I use my PC with the same camera. Any thoughts on this?

I haven't used the Skype function, but it's possible this is a resolution issue rather than a problem with the DVD player. Think of it like this; when you are looking at your PC, the screen is much, much smaller. The pixels are closer together and the resolution looks better. When you spread it out on a much larger screen, the clarity of the picture suffers.

If you take a standard resolution broadcast and enlarge it on your TV, you will be able to see this effect.

I don't know that this is the case, but I'm throwing it out as a possibility. If you were able to use the DVD player to feed your PC (or run your PC output through your TV), you would be comparing apples to apples. I don't have enough details to know whether you can do this. Unfortunately, my DVD isn't here right now and, other than HDMI, I didn't pay any attention to it's capabilities. Also, I don't know anything about what you can and can't do on your PC.

Hopefully I read your post correctly and am not missing the point...it's late InCalifornia.

Cheers.
post #234 of 681
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Originally Posted by InCali View Post

I haven't used the Skype function, but it's possible this is a resolution issue rather than a problem with the DVD player. Think of it like this; when you are looking at your PC, the screen is much, much smaller. The pixels are closer together and the resolution looks better. When you spread it out on a much larger screen, the clarity of the picture suffers.

If you take a standard resolution broadcast and enlarge it on your TV, you will be able to see this effect.

I don't know that this is the case, but I'm throwing it out as a possibility. If you were able to use the DVD player to feed your PC (or run your PC output through your TV), you would be comparing apples to apples. I don't have enough details to know whether you can do this. Unfortunately, my DVD isn't here right now and, other than HDMI, I didn't pay any attention to it's capabilities. Also, I don't know anything about what you can and can't do on your PC.

Hopefully I read your post correctly and am not missing the point...it's late InCalifornia.

Cheers.

Hello--thought I would jump in here too on this topic.

As many regular readers of this forum know, I have the Sony Skype Camera. I use it often for business and with family with one set up using the BDP-S780 Skype App and I connect it directly to another Sony HX820 TV that I have set up in a different room. I don't notice any difference in video/sound quality between using the S780 Skype App or the Sony TV Skype app. Both seem to be the same to me quality wise.

I do notice a difference in video/audio quality between a wireless vs an Ethernet cable connection, but I think that is to be expected given what well all know about the capabilities of wired vs wireless on any device.

I also tend to agree with Incali's statement above regarding resolution on a BIG screen vs a laptop or computer monitor with the an added comment about "distance". In my situation my camera has to process over 14' between my TV/Skype Camera and seating area. This is a very different scenario that using a PC or Laptop where you sit inches instead of feet from the webcam.

What I found is that the Sony Skype camera performed a bit better from the MS cameras I tried using over 14'. IMO the Sony camera did a better job of maintaining a steady focus over distance even when I was purposely moving around.

I haven't had any quality complaints unless there was an issue with bandwidth on one side of the call or the other--which is typical at times with video/voice over ip.

While I didn't like the price of the Sony Skype camera ( even though I bought it on-line, below retail) for me it seemed to be a better solution. However, I could have also lived with either very inexpensive MS webcams that I tried. I chose to pay more for what I feel is a better camera solution since I use the Sony Skype service often.
post #235 of 681
Thanks for the feedback! I am actualy using the same camera (MS Lifecam Cinema HD 720p) connected either through the DVD player to a 50" plasma TV via HDMI and compare it to connection on a PC to the same TV via VGA cable. Both the PC and the DVD player use ethernet connection. The PC picture is much better both ways (my end and the receiving end). What I noticed is that, when the DVD player is conencted to skype, the skype connection shows something like 0.33 mbps - sounds low, not sure how I can make it higher. Any ideas? Thanks,
post #236 of 681
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Originally Posted by dkritikos View Post

Thanks for the feedback! I am actualy using the same camera (MS Lifecam Cinema HD 720p) connected either through the DVD player to a 50" plasma TV via HDMI and compare it to connection on a PC to the same TV via VGA cable. Both the PC and the DVD player use ethernet connection. The PC picture is much better both ways (my end and the receiving end). What I noticed is that, when the DVD player is conencted to skype, the skype connection shows something like 0.33 mbps - sounds low, not sure how I can make it higher. Any ideas? Thanks,

Hello.
I hadn't paid attention to the connection speed before on the Sony Skype app--thanks for pointing that out. I would think this speed is directly related to level of video quality. Maybe a few minutes with Sony Customer Support can help you sort that out. Call their priority service at 239-768-7547 ( free of charge)

I've set my router QoS function to give video streaming priority bandwidth to my BDP-S780's ip address--other than that I don't know how to increase the bandwidth going to the Sony Skype application.

Anybody else on this forum figure out how to adjust streaming speed to the Sony Skype App?
post #237 of 681
i would wager the resolution and bandwidth are fixed in the s780 and cant be adjusted. ive not seen any settings in there to prove me otherwise.

you should get the same quality over wireless as well as Ethernet. the bandwidth is perhaps also fixed inside this player.

ive got the lifecam studio 1080p camera and the resolution i have experienced has been acceptable. i have tried this on two different setup in my home as i have two exact AV solutions (the panna gt 50inch 3D plasma tv, s780 and sony ht-ss380) in the home. both players are wireless.

video quality is subjective to the individual. that said, these sensors on these cameras should be "Seeing" an image with flat, bright light and not shooting into a window or into light. i am sure you all know this, just want to be on the same page.

again, no issues with the lifecam 1080p camera at all. i had thought about the sony version, however i wanted to have more flexibility on where i can use the camera other than their player.
post #238 of 681
I recently bought the S780 and to my surprise, pic quality is slightly better than the S570, in my opinion.

Has anyone experienced any handshaking issues with their player at the start of a dvd or blu ray disc? This is what happening; Yesterday, I popped in Bridesmaids dvd copy and closed the tray. The movie played, but before it did, the screen turned white, then turned black and the message on my tv stating, "no signal, make sure the device is connected and turned on". This means the entire signal was lost for a few seconds. Then, all of a sudden the screen returned to normal, but the disc was already in the middle of playing previews. This is weird because I didn't notice this before with other discs. So, I decided to put in Gladiator blu ray and see if this would occur. Well dammit, it happened again, the signal somehow becomes lost for a few seconds. So I don't know if this is a handshake issue or not. If the player is already on and movie is about to play, you should NOT experience any hanshake issues after that. Im I right to say this? Whats going on? Is it defective? Anyone else experiencing this?
post #239 of 681
I believe you're correct. What you see during these moments depends on your HDTV. My new Mitsubishi's screen remains black (I like and prefer this), my LG puts up a No Signal notice with a spinning clear cube, my previous Samsung put up an annoying Invalid Signal.
post #240 of 681
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Originally Posted by Audio5oh View Post

I recently bought the S780 and to my surprise, pic quality is slightly better than the S570, in my opinion.

Has anyone experienced any handshaking issues with their player at the start of a dvd or blu ray disc? This is what happening; Yesterday, I popped in Bridesmaids dvd copy and closed the tray. The movie played, but before it did, the screen turned white, then turned black and the message on my tv stating, "no signal, make sure the device is connected and turned on". This means the entire signal was lost for a few seconds. Then, all of a sudden the screen returned to normal, but the disc was already in the middle of playing previews. This is weird because I didn't notice this before with other discs. So, I decided to put in Gladiator blu ray and see if this would occur. Well dammit, it happened again, the signal somehow becomes lost for a few seconds. So I don't know if this is a handshake issue or not. If the player is already on and movie is about to play, you should NOT experience any hanshake issues after that. Im I right to say this? Whats going on? Is it defective? Anyone else experiencing this?

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Originally Posted by Wesley Hester View Post

I believe you're correct. What you see during these moments depends on your HDTV. My new Mitsubishi's screen remains black (I like and prefer this), my LG puts up a No Signal notice with a spinning clear cube, my previous Samsung put up an annoying Invalid Signal.

Audio--if you have read through this forum you saw I too own both the 570 and the 780. I also thought I was able to see a bit better PQ in the 780 ( perhaps due to the 16Bit video processor) but wondered if it were just wishful thinking to help rationalize the extra spend However, I have now heard the same from a few 780/570 owners.

I am also interested in your other comment about the "hand shake" I don't think I have noticed this on either player so I will take a closer look to see if I am experiencing this too with my 780 and Sony TV. ( At the moment, I think Wesley's comments about TV type seem logical to me in this regard.) Did you connect the 780 to a Panasonic GT30?

BTW since you also posted comments about erratic issues with your 570 earlier in this forum I am wondering what cable type you are using for your component connections? Are you using marked High Speed HDMI cables? Also are you passing the Video signal through a receiver from your 780 to the TV?
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