Here are a few thoughts about what you could do in the shootout:
(1) Deinterlacing tests, scaling should be turned off in the VPs here (should be done by display instead).
a. How good is SD film deinterlacing?
b. How good is HD film deinterlacing?
c. How good is SD video deinterlacing?
d. How good is HD video deinterlacing?
(2) Scaling tests, deinterlacing should be turned off in the VPs here (should be done by source device instead).
a. How good is SD upscaling?
b. How good is HD downscaling?
(3) Noise reduction and detail enhancement tests.
a. How good are the algs doing what they're supposed to do?
b. How big are the negative side effects?
(4) Deinterlacing + scaling + noise reduction + detail enhancement at the same time.
a. How good is SD film PQ?
b. How good is HD film PQ?
c. How good is SD video PQ?
d. How good is HD video PQ?
Originally Posted by mark haflich
The problem with adding a Lumagen is that the competitive deinterlacing that will be in the Radiance is not in the current models. We would be comparing old gen to new gens. When the Radiance comes out, that will be the time to do a shoot out that includes Lumagen.
You can do the tests 1a, 1b, 2a and 2b with the Lumagen HDP. All other tests would be unfair. But the mentioned 4 tests should be a fair comparison test for the HDP, too. Especially a scaling only comparison (test 2) would be VERY interesting IMHO. I'd love to know how Crystalio II scaling compares to Lumagen scaling.
I wish I could come over for the shootout! Too bad it's a bit too far away from Germany...
P.S: Test (4) is especially interesting because AFAIK the Realta works differently compared to all other VP chips. If the Realta only does deinterlacing, it spends more processing power on the deinterlacing algs. If it's also doing scaling + noise reduction + detail enhancements, the Realta has less processing power left for deinterlacing. All other VP chips are running all algs totally independent of each other, AFAIK.