isolar801, I know all about the various issues regarding 24Hz sginals. I've spent months reading about them while researching for a tv, and I have had first-hand experience with different motion issues while trying out an LCD tv before deciding on the Samsung plasma.
To suggest that, basically, it doesn't seem to work right, so, just don't use it, is not helping here at all.
There is nothing - nothing at all - preventing my tv from displaying email@example.com properly, other than this unit not sending out the signal properly. I can assure you - my tv has a 24Hz mode. Every time I watch a blu-ray disc with my blu-ray player, the info box appears at the top of the screen, telling me my display is in 1080p@24Hz mode. I know my tv. When I set my blu-ray player to 24p, my tv does not stutter. WHY? Because the blu-ray player properly handles the blu-ray encoding - which is 23.976, and delivers it to my tv so that it can be played back smoothly. I do not get stutters at a rate of 1 every 42 seconds when watching blu-rays. I have already mentioned this, by the way.
Why is it so hard to accept that this player just simply does not currently support the proper video output to play firstname.lastname@example.org blu-ray material properly, that is, without stutter. To say, since it doesn't work, just don't use it, is ridiculous. The solution is to see if Micca will add support for email@example.com output. Why do you think that other players support those video modes?
And again I ask, if it's a problem with my tv, and it supposedly doesn't have a 24Hz mode, and cannot display 23.976 material without stuttering, then I ask again why does it display my blu-ray discs correctly, which is...23.976? Also, another question - if my tv doesn't support 24 Hz correctly, then why, according to my test results above, does my tv display the 1080p@24 test files fine, without stutter? And if I hit "info" on my tv remote, it displays 1080p@24Hz in the corner. Right there your whole theory about my tv not supporting 24Hz falls apart.
I appreciate the help some of you are offering here. Several of us are doing our best to try and figure out just what the issues are with this player, and hopefully, how to solve them. Telling me not to use it if it doesn't work is not helping.
The reference to stutter that you highlighted in your post above is not the stutter I am referring to. I don't know how many other ways I can say the same thing. The stutter I, HokeySmoke, and others are referring to is the dropping of frames. It has nothing to do with the natural "judder" or "stutter" of film, caused by the fact that film is made up of only 24 frames. I'm well aware that film consists of 24 frames, and as such, inherently produces a slight motion-judder that is not completely smooth. That is obvious just by watching the test files that HokeySmoke created. I'm also aware that if a display cannot support 24Hz then it can also have unwanted motion issues, if it displays at all. What we are talking about is totally different, and is not an issue with the Popcorn Hour player or the Dunes. HokeySmoke owns a Popcorn Hour Player and he said his 23.976 test files play fine on it with no frame dropping or stuttering.
I really almost want to give up here at this point, not because I have lost faith in Micca yet, but because some of these comments are just distracting us from getting to the bottom of these issues. I believe some of here are on the right track to figuring some of this out, which could help Micca with a solution. Telling us to just not use it is not helping at all.
And to quote your own post above,
"But for purists interested in seeing every last benefit of film, 1080p/24 signals mated to a 1080p/24-compatible display are worth the investment".
Indeed, I have a 1080p/24-compatible display. And my blu-ray player is proof that it works correctly, otherwise whenever I play a blu-ray disc it would drop frames just as the Micca does. It does not, so obviously it is an issue with the Micca.
There will indeed be times when I might choose to play at 720p@60, or 1080p@60, but the point is, why include a 24Hz mode if it doesn't work correctly? The point is, it is supposed to work, and not drop frames, and this is what some of us are trying to see fixed.
Casper77, I'll give that a try and report back with my results.