Originally Posted by mightyhuhn
or you rip the disc if you live in a country that allows that. still leaves you with a mess but a smaller one.
if you want to have some fun with HDR on the PC with youtube HDR file or a free HDR file/demo.
all you need is madVR, lavfilter and a player that support madVR like mpc-hc.
and just to make it even more interesting madVR support the playback of HDR on none HDR devices.
the brightness on an sony X900f for example is not that different between SDR and HDR mode giving you more control over the HDR and the possibility to avoid the vivid mode HDR tone of most TVs. the desktop will be painfully bright but it's for the science isn't it?
I love MPC HC + MadVR. That combo has so many great features, but after the original set-up of all options and settings, the one that I use the most is, again, that num 9 or 1 infinite zoom feature, or the stretch features, if used separately. The 1080p and, especially, DVD upscale features are exquiste, producing an image that is IMO superior to that from a Samsung K8500 UHD BD player. For example, even the DVD of "The Night Of The Iguana" (one of my favorite movies) looks remarkably good from a very close viewing distance on our 55x900e. Bravo to the producers of MPC HC + MadVR, espcially madshi.
However, all of the above being said, if say a new Panasonic UHD BD player had a similar infinite zoom, I'd buy one and probably not use MPC HC that often, because there would be no need to turn on the PC to play the movie; no need to rip, etc. IMO this feature would be especially useful to those who sit at a considerable distance from their displays and they'd like to have the image take up a greater portion of the available height of the screen (while accepting the loss of some of the sides of the image, of course). This is the one feature that most attracted to me to the release of PDVD 18.
I must say that even though our 10-year-old HTPC's version of PDVD did not have a zoom feature, it did, and still does, a great job of displaying the full potential of blu ray in its original aspect ratio, IMO.
Too bad that Cyberlink and, I guess, Nvidia have chosen to make their combination so impractical. Presumably, because Nvidia GPUs are so popular for so many purposes, Cyberlink is taking most of the financial hit.
The irony here is, as usual, that now that UHD BDs can be ripped, there isn't a justifiable, practical need for the stringent UHD BD playback
requirements. I'll speak for myself. I like having disks rather than a file server. I'd like to just pop a disk in the PC and use PDVD or MPC HC + MadVR to play the selected files. Why not allow me do that, Cyberlink, Intel and Nvidia? I bought the bloody disk. Just let me play it on my PC and output from my GTX1080.