I have confirmed that my issue with the "mirrored" bar when playing sbs files is due to the Micca not correctly centering the video during video output. This is based on Hokeysmoke's information above, in comment #1001.
To test this theory, I used the "5-Sharpness & Overscan.mp4" file that is found on the AVS calibration disc. I have uploaded the file for those here who want to use the same test file I used in my tests:http://depositfiles.com/files/aoc6egsa4
I played this file on all my media players - you will notice the text "Outside white line indicates no overscan". This means if the very thin white line on the very outside edge of the video is viewable evenly on all 4 sides of the tv screen, there is no overscan. If some or all of the white edges cannot be seen, either the player is not putting out the video centered properly, or the tv is doing some overscan. I tried this only in 2D mode because that is how the SBS files are being played, which is resulting in that left "mirrored" bar. To test this, of course make sure your tv is set to no overscan (just, 1:1 pixel mapping, screen fit (Samsung), etc.). Here are the results:
Test File: 5-Sharpness & Overscan
- Samsung LCD ES7500 built-in media player: no overscan, all 4 white edges visible, perfectly centered
- Panasonic DMP-BDT320 blu-ray player: no overscan, all 4 white edges visible, perfectly centered
- WD TV Live Streaming Media Player: no overscan, all 4 white edges visible, perfectly centered
- Micca EP950 (fixed version) / firmware 188.8.131.52: not centered, right and bottom lines not visible, image is being shifted to the right and down
This should prove that the Micca is not
centering the image properly, which is resulting in sbs playback producing the "mirrored" bar on the left of the screen, as Hokeysmoke suggested above.
This is a hard one to believe, really. Come on, Micca. This is basic stuff - I can't believe that the Micca doesn't properly center the output video. Clearly this is what is responsible for the bar I'm experiencing on the left of the screen. It's obvious that the the player shifts the image to the right and down several pixels, enough to cut off the test pattern, and enough to throw off the tv when going into 3D mode. I'm not sure if the same thing happens in 3D mode with the video being output off-centered since I'm not sure how I would test the file in 3D.
This is a major issue. Jack, I hope you can push this through to the firmware team so we don't have to wait months for this to get fixed. I'd like to hear if other units are also doing this. Either my unit is bad or everybody's units are doing the same thing - using the test file I posted above is an easy way to tell if the Micca is outputting the video perfectly centered. Of course this means that all 2D video is output slightly off-center. Normally you would never notice but with the tv in 3D mode it must be perfectly centered as Hokeysmoke said or it will cause problems like this.
Currently due to this issue I can't use the Micca for sbs file playback. Big disappointment.Edited by eagle_2 - 7/17/12 at 11:03am