Originally Posted by Robinson ------
Does it then mess anything else up at all, having it on on cinema mode (a mode where it doesnt make a difference).
Is there any better pq on the screen, if it not zoomed out as much (regardless of source)...
Just to be clear I was referring to the MPC modes and not the picture presets. So in MPC mode film, the softness slider does something, and in MPC mode High Definition, it does nothing at all. The picture preset such as Film, or Cinema has no bearing on the effect of MPC.
The e-shift 1 did not have the softness functionality at all. It did have a combination of edge and contrast enhancement but only with limited presets of 0,1,2,3. E-shift 2 added this softness parameter. I have played around with it and its effect is extremely subtle. It seems to focus on "noise" in out of focus parts of the scene that could be distracting from the very things you want your eyes to be drawn to. I can see the effect on a scene as I slide it up and down but I am not convinced I am that "aware" of it while watching a scene through. Interesting concept though!
I am not sure I understood your question about zooming and picture quality. Do you mean if you are watching with a smaller screen size, can you appreciate the effects of e-shift as much? I think that partly depends on your seating distance and your eyesight. For me the effects of e-shift are very obvious even on my 80" screen sitting 9 feet away. It does something a Darbee alone cannot do which I know Zombie has referred to a few times. I describe it as increasing the dynamic range of the image. Of course this must be done by squashing the top shades of grey/white together, but on my own tests, it seems to automatically "back-off" if there is a risk of clipping highlights. To put it another way, I find that you can close the aperture down further (thereby increasing on/off contrast) with e-shift on because of the perceived increase in dynamic range. I find with e-shift on, that 10ftL is more than sufficient. But if e-shift is off, I prefer to increase that to 12ftL.