Originally Posted by madshi
(1) Were you able to get along without a fan? If so, how much hotter does the VP50 get than the older VPs? Do we need to be extra careful where to place the VP50?
The iScan VP50 does have a temperature controlled fan that is exceptionally quiet. We are well aware that cutting costs to get a cheap noisy fan is an unexceptable solution for many users so we put extra effort into selection of a quiet fan and correct implementation of the fan controller.
(2) Are the deinterlacing FPGA algorithms updatable through firmware updates, too (unlike the ABT102 in the VP30)?
Yes, all video processing algorithms in the VP50 are on the FPGAs that are updateable through the serial port.
(3) Is a HD-SDI input module technically possible? If yes, is it planned? If no, does the VP50 work together with the Key Digital "Digital Blaster"?
We intend on designing an HD-SDI input module for the VP50. Until, the board is built and tested, we will not announce this as a product.
(4) Do the HDMI inputs support *any* resolution in - even unusual resolutions? I'm asking because clips you can download from the internet don't always come in standard resolutions. And when having a media player which is able to output the played content in exactly its native resolution over HDMI, it would be nice to have the VP50 to accept really *any* resolution in.
At release the VP50 will also process all resolutions that the VP30 processes as well as 1080p signals. What resolutions do you get out of your media player?
(5) The ABT homepage claims that there'd be noise reduction build into a DVDO device in 2006. Did you revise these plans? I was hoping that they'd make it into the VP50. Is there anything you can say about noise reduction?
I won't comment directly about our product roadmap but I think there are some hints as to the asnwer to this question elsewhere in my answers.
(6) I guess the VP50 comes too early for HDMI 1.3? If so, it will probably not be able to handle e.g. Dolby Digital Plus signals coming through HDMI, right? (Probably not too much of a problem, since multi channel PCM can be used instead).
The VP50 is not HDMI 1.3 compliant, and as far as I understand HDMI 1.2a
transmitter chips are still not available.
(7) Were you able to put any new algorithms into the deinterlacing FPGA? E.g. some way to reduce the 24fps motion judder? Or maybe some improved deinterlacing stuff like 1 pixel motion compensation or something crazy like that?
The VP50 has Progressive Source Input Cadence Detection which means that a cadence can be detected on an a progressive input so that you can achieve a source-locked output. For example, with a source like a 720p broadcast of a movie on ABC, one could output a judder-free 1080p@48Hz