Originally Posted by Kai Winters
I've no complaints with the BD movies I've stored using MakeMKV. The look great and sound fine too.
For 4K or my favs I still prefer the disk.
I generally use MMKV to store old movies, especially old B&W films as well as DVD's that aren't available on a higher format or I don't care about the format.
Thanks for the input.
I think the big problem with DVDs is that back in the day we were watching them at their native resolution or thereabouts so they looked great. Having to scale to 2K was bad enough, but these days, viewing on a 4K display with all the associated anamorphic expansion and upscaling required, they really take a hit.
I've never tried SD content on the Zidoo but I tried it last night and it does seem to handle it very oddly.
With the resolution set to 4K23 playing SD material meant that it was upscaled to 4K despite having auto resolution on.
With the resolution at PAL or 576p the menu display was predictably terrible but not only that, it still scaled SD to 720p.
It also mapped SD BT.601 colour into Rec.709 which isn't really a problem as the primaries are very similar.
Usually I'd recommend setting resolution to 4K23 if using a lot of 4K content (reduces resyncs), but if you use a lot of DVDs I'd suggest setting the resolution to 1080p23 (oddly, other refresh rates aren't as sharp) with "Frame rate mode" set to <Switch frame rate and resolution>
This means all 2K and 4K videos output natively and SD material is only upscaled to 1080 which actually looks ok.
Menus etc are rendered internally at 2K anyway, so setting the base res to 1080p23 actually looks better than 4K23.
Oddly (again!), the SD upscaling is interlaced so it's 1080i, but that won't matter with film material since it's a progressive source so there won't be any interlacing issues - both fields are the same.
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