Version: MVer: 05.00.01.07 Batch: DV980-19-0722
Category: Minor Update
Release Date: July 25, 2008
1. 2:2 Cadence Support
This version enhances the DV-980H's de-interlacing ability to add 2:2 cadence support. Both 2:2 PAL film cadence and 2:2 NTSC 30fps video cadence are supported. This is in addition to 3:2 NTSC film cadence already supported by the previous firmware releases.
2. User Selectable Forced De-interlacing Mode
This firmware version adds a setup menu item "De-interlacing Mode" in the "Video Setup Page". The default setting is "Auto", which is the recommended setting and the same as the previous firmware (plus 2:2 support). The new "Film" and "Video" settings can force the DV-980H to use "film" or "video" algorithm to perform de-interlacing. The "Film" option can be used when the you know that the source is high-quality 3:2 or 2:2 pull-down and want to avoid any loss of cadence lock while watching that source. The "Video" option can be used if you are certain the disc is made from footage originally shot with a video camera, not with a film camera.
3. User Selectable Pause Mode
This firmware version adds a setup menu item "Pause Mode" in the "Video Setup Page". The default setting is "Auto", which is the recommended setting and the same as the previous firmware. The new "Frame" and "Field" settings can force the DV-980H to show a static "frame" or "field" when paused. A static "frame" is assembled using two "fields". A static "field" is interpolated from a single field (half a frame). Depending on the encoding of the DVD, one mode may yield a clearer static picture than the other.
4. "Auto" Output Resolution
The player's default output resolution is now set to "Auto". With this setting, the player checks with the display device to determine the best output resolution over HDMI output. Experienced users, users who play both PAL and NTSC contents, and users who use the component output should still manually select an output resolution to ensure the best picture quality.
5. Stability Improvement
This firmware version addresses a problem of unable to resume playback after a movie is stopped in the "pre-stop" mode for a period of time. When a user presses the "STOP" button once during a movie to put it in the "pre-stop" mode, playback should resume if the user presses the "PLAY" button. With the previous firmware versions, occasionally playback will not resume upon pressing the "PLAY" button. Instead, the user needs to press the "EJECT" button twice to resume the movie. This version resolves the problem, and playback from "pre-stop" mode can be resumed reliably by pressing the "PLAY" button.
6. Bass Management for 96k Source
This firmware version optimizes the DSP (Digital Signal Processor) usage and adds bass management for audio sources that are encoded in 96kHz sample rate. When the front speakers are set to "Small" and subwoofer is set to "On", the DV-980H can redirect bass from the front channels to the LFE subwoofer channel. This improvement applies to DVD-Video and DVD-Audio discs. It is in addition to bass management already supported in previous firmware releases for sources with less than 96k sample rate (CD, DVD-Audio/Video and SACD).
7. Improved Transition between Audio Tracks
This firmware version improves the transition between audio tracks. For CD, the improvement is noticeable on certain discs that have very tight transition between two tracks, and discs that start with a very strong note. For SACD, the improvement honors the gap flag inserted between two tracks (often found between two symphony pieces on a classical music SACD), while at the same time maintains a gapless transition if no such flag exists.
8. HDMI Output for X.0-Channel SACD and DVD-Audio Discs
This version changes the way DV-980H outputs audio over HDMI for X.0-Channel (3.0, 4.0, 5.0 etc.) SACD and DVD-Audio discs. The previous version outputs 2.0-Channel for these disc over HDMI. The new version outputs 5.1-Channel with the unused channel muted. Multi-channel analog output for such discs had no problem before and is not affected by this change.
9. Improvements Based on User Provided Materials
This firmware version includes improvements made to enhance compatibility with some user provided materials. Although the product specification disclaims "Compatibility with user-encoded contents or user-created discs is on a best effort basis with no guarantee due to the variation of media, software and techniques used," OPPO tries very hard to accommodate customers' reasonable compatibility requests. This firmware version enhances compatibility to some DVD+R and DVD-R media, large Xvid files on USB drives, visibility/color of SRT subtitles, and recorded DVD with MPEG2 audio. These improvements are based on materials submitted by users. Thanks to all who provided materials for testing.