Originally Posted by JonStatt
I am still "reviewing" it, so to speak but it has a tentative yes from me right now. So far, tamed to the right level, I am impressed with it. It actually looks to me, to have some aspects that are similar in implementation to the JVC e-shift. In particular e-shift uses extra pixels to emphasise the contrast at object boundaries. What I am finding, interestingly, is that the Darblet seemst to complement the e-shift rather than conflicting, or over-powering it in some way.
Yep, that's what some of us have been saying.
As I mentioned in my earlier posts, I find the Darblet to have a more aggressive approach or look, particularly as it is pumped up higher and higher - I start to notice an unnaturally harsh look to the image and exaggerated high-light areas, especially on faces. So i find I have to dial it back to a more subtle point - though one that clearly makes a difference in increasing sharpness and "pop." The JVC E-shift MPC settings, as you know, do something similar, but different enough to work with the Darblet...and also more subtle than the Darblet. So once I've dialed back the Darblet to where I don't notice the harshness effect, I dial up the MPC settings and especially at "3" setting the image sharpness snaps into focus, but without the harshness of pushing the Darblet higher. At that point the image just looks amazing!
With the addition of a new Panamorph UH480 anamorphic lens I'm not using more screen space and a bigger scope image, with closer seating distance. It's hard to believe the image quality, in terms of image sharpness and detail I'm getting at 125" wide from about 9 feet viewing distance with this whole combo. I never thought it would have been possible before. It's almost like there is no longer a cost to making the image bigger and bigger in terms of sharpness and detail. (I was watching the UFC tonight in HD and first had it at around 102" diag 16:9 with the MPC/Darblet combo. Later on I made it much larger to about 115" diag and to my surprise if anything it looked even sharper as it got bigger, like ever more detail/clarity was there to see. Wild.)
As far as the conversation about accuracy and artifacts, I'm still trying to decide on settings. I watched BladeRunner and 2001 with the MPC/Darblet on and they were astounding. In terms of clarity, details and dimensionality - at a new level than I've seen before. It's just that sometimes, in some shots, it can strike me as "too clear." Sort of "ok, now I'm seeing the processing in action...no way in hell that image was ever that sharp in a theater or anywhere else" kind of thing. It CAN end up giving more of an HD video look vs film to film-based sources, bordering on the soap opera effect at some points. It's those take-me-out-of-the-film moments that I suspect I'll either eventually get over, or will force me to dial the processing down some more. But when it works it's so addictive.Edited by R Harkness - 7/8/12 at 12:48am