Originally Posted by Andy Pennell
The Xbox can physically do 1080i@50Hz as you have noted by the dashboard setting. However for Xbox applications supporting PAL50 is optional (as many games are very
tied to the video framerate). This is not as terrible a restriction as you may think as the European HDTV standard mandates 60Hz support (hoorah to the Europeans
farenheit, what format is your file in when played on the Xbox (ie which player are you playing it with)?
Thanks Andy, I'm a steadfast supporter of playing games at 60Hz, so being able to set 50Hz HD resolutions for 360 games is something I do not wish to see. But video playback is an entirely different story.
The camcorder (Canon HV20) is tape-based MPEG2 HDV,1080i (1440 x 1080) at 50Hz.
The format I have been experimenting with so far for playback has been WM9 Advanced profile in both 720p and 1080i @ 50Hz. I'm playing back on the 360 locally, either from a DVD-R or attached USB2.0 hard drive.
As Paul has mentioned just after your post, the judder from framerate conversion makes the playback unsuitable.
I'm not sure how native 50Hz material is handled by the 360 and what flags are inplace to tell the console when it needs to output at 50 or 60Hz, but if there is a way to seemlessly do this without any input from the user, then it would make for a perfect solution for what I want to do.
1080i and 720p at 50Hz display options were not part of the firmware at launch, so it was clearly added for some purpose, I just hope that it isn't merely for the splattering of PAL backwards compatible Xbox games that were 50Hz only.
Thanks for your input.