Josh: Can you tell me whether the bug I've reported by email to Aaron is still going to be looked at and fixed? I originally emailed him in mid-August and his reply to my request for an update last month was that they were still looking into it.
I've included a copy of the email below for those who are not familiar with the issue. The problem occurs with varying degrees of annoyance on many anime discs, but the examples below show the problem most severely. Swapping out both my VP20 and my ABT-102 did not correct the problem.
On Crest of the Stars DVD 1, episode 1, just before the end credits, there is a scene with serious feathering on the image. The image is fine if I bypass the VP20 and it is fine in game mode 1, but every other mode produces a very bad image. I wasn't able to attach the pictures I took of the problem, but you can download a ZIP of them at:http://www.cephira.com/Temp/VP20.zip
CotS_bad.jpg shows what the scene looks like in Auto or any of the other modes except Game 1. CotS_game.jpg shows the same scene in Game 1. Just switching the mode while the DVD was paused was sufficient to fix it, and switching it back caused the problem to reappear.
Sai_bad.jpg shows another example just for comparison from a show called Saiyuki. Game 1 also fixes this one but I didn't include a photo.
Both bad scenes have something in common. In the CotS case, the previous scene shows the girl jumping discontinously into the forground over the course of several seconds. In the Saiyuki case, the two horizontal bars with the character closeups appeared suddenly one after the other. The first one (the guy with the monocle on the left) appeared with no problem, but the appearance of the one on the right caused the feathering to appear.
I realize anime can be challenging to deinterlace, but obviously this is some sort of glitch since the cheap deinterlacers in my DVD player and TV handle it fine. I'm hoping the fact that Game 2 has the problem but Game 1 does not will help narrow it down for you.