Originally Posted by SpiffX
Thanks a lot Rahzel. Please let me confirm if I got that right. 3:2 pull down motion smoothing causes the soap opera effect. In theory, 4:4 shouldn't cause a soap opera effect, but some do see a hint of it on Panny's plasmas...
The 'Motion Smoother' setting causes the soap opera effect. This is the frame interpolation technology. I don't know exactly how it works, but it seems to be similar to the same technology that is in these LCD displays where it estimates motion between frames and inserts an intermediate frame. The result is an effect that the framerate has increased and motion is smoother (but looks too smooth to me).
3:2 pulldown =/= motion smoother. 3:2 pulldown is the conversion of 24p to play on a 60Hz refresh rate display. Because 60 is not evenly divisible by 24, every few frames there's a stutter. Again, it's not very noticeable on Plasmas. This conversion can be done by the player or TV (read my above post).
96Hz/48Hz allows the image to refresh evenly (each frame is displayed 4 or 2 times a second (respectively) so there's no conversion needed, thus, no judder caused by 3:2 pulldown.
2) Is there anything better (than a VT50) currently available in the market for displaying fast moving BD movies?
Darn, there's no judder or soap opera effect (that I can perceive) on my old SXRD...
Well, the E8000 edged out the VT50 in motion resolution in overall votes between the audience and pros at the VE flat panel shootout. I don't know how big of a difference there is as I haven't seen them side by side, but I doubt there will be much of a difference. The superior PQ of the VT50 makes it a better choice IMO.
One thing is for sure, though... Plasma is definitely what you want if you want better motion handling. It would be down to the E8000 (also an excellent display) or the VT50. Again, personally I would take the VT50.
Also keep in mind that judder varies by content. Film is more susceptible to judder because the framerate is so low.