Originally Posted by timbrooksbank
To answer several questions:
1. Output formats - Vantage-HD is designed to convert arbitrary input formats to a fixed output format so as to best suit your projector/display. That's precisely why you should use a video processor. Trying to use a multi-frequency capable display device with all different resolutions is likely to reduce the effectiveness of Vantage-HD since you will inevitably end up with the display device's internal scaler/processor turned back on. To get the best performance, always set Vantage-HD to the native format of your display, both in terms of resolution and refresh rate, so as to ensure the display's internal processing is not running.
Vantage-HD supports per-input input configuration and one global output configuration since that's how it works best with your display device.
Tim, you should seriously reconsider that, because otherwise you'll lose a lot of plasma customers - at least you'll lose me. Why? Because:
(1) All Panasonic plasmas support an internal refresh rate of 60Hz and 100Hz.
(2) All Pioneer plasmas support an internal refresh rate of 60Hz, 72Hz, 75Hz and 100Hz.
No refresh rate conversion involved! I believe NEC internally always uses 60Hz, but who buys NEC plasmas these days? Not sure about Fujitsu/Hitachi/Samsung/LG.
FWIW, the Crystalio II does support the feature I was asking for (settings per input format). Probably for exact the reason I'm explaining here.
P.S: To further explain my point: Here in Germany we'll get HDTV pay TV in about a month from now. The channel sais it will broadcast whichever format it gets, be it 24p, 25p, 60i, 50i, whatever. That means if I have to fix the refresh rate for my display to e.g. 50Hz, the Vantage-HD will have to do internal frame rate conversion for some input formats. Which is obviously bad, because my display is capable to natively show all formats without any frame rate conversion!