Originally Posted by rovingtravler
For those of use not fimilar wth the JVC MPC can you explain?
It seems to be similar to Sony's "reality creation" processing, where it makes the image look sharper and more detailed and dimensional, without typical ringing. I'm not sure anyone has nailed down precisely what the MPC processing is doing. However, what it seems to do is increase the contrast within fine detail, much like the Darbee (though I presume it's not the same processing). The idea is I think that the reprocessing of the image up to 4K pixels allows processing of this type - somehow using the extra pixel count - to avoid the ringing that necessarily happens with sharpening up regular 1080p pixel resolution.
There are MPC settings from 1-3. As you dial up the image, the sense of fine contrast, like an increasing MTF, makes the image look sharper, more detailed and it's like a gamma thing is happening, the image starts popping more and looks more dimensional. It's a significant difference vs having the settings off.
The drawback, as with any of these detail enhancing solutions, is that the more you turn it up you can start to see some issues - the highest "3" setting can make film grain more objectionable to some people. I like it between 1 and 2, though sometimes even lower when I want more of a film look.