Originally Posted by R Harkness
The reason I've asked:
I've just bought a new Lumagen video processor. The people with VP and Lumagen expertise say that, if possible, it's best to have my sources (e.g. Blu-Ray, HD DVD players) output raw, native signals and have the Lumagen handle as much of the processing as possible since it has the very best performance in terms of scaling, de-interlacing, etc. I know my Oppo blu ray player can be set to output native (bypass it's de-interlacing etc), but I'm trying to find out if the Tosh HD DVD player can do the same.
But I've realized it's been so long since I've had to think about 1080p/1080i that I've forgotten all I used to know. For some reason I'm under the impression that Blu-Ray movies are still stored 1080i natively and so a 1080p blu-ray player de-interlaces the signal to output 1080p. But, am I wrong?
Yes, that impression is wrong.
Is 1080p actually the native format for movies (aside from some that are 1080i, e.g. music concerts)?
Yes, and—more to the point of this thread—same for HD-DVD.
It has been a while since I've had an XA2. I don't recall it having a "native" mode like the Oppos have, but after a certain firmware (2.7?) it offered a 24Hz option for 1080p output, which was essentially native for HD movies. That's how I had it configured going into a Lumagen (I only used it for HD movies, used Oppo for DVDs).