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tried taking some photos of my just about finished HT, but not using a flash, they didn't come out so well. i'll try to make them 'readable' in photoshop, but in the meantime figured i'd post some pics that surprised me, and DID come out pretty well.

these are taken on a DIY screen of blackout/blockout material with the signal being fed by a $250 Panasonic RP56.

not bad for a cheapskate solution...


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this was one of the discs which, when i first played it on the JVC 65GD, i bolted right up in my chair. the transfer is remarkable, especially for a 30 year old made for tv movie.

colors are excellant, solid and the fine rendering of detail is very impressive.



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this was the disc that showed me, as mmuch as i loved the JVC, the panasonic was just smoked it for de-interlacing.

this shot begins with a c/u of the tavern sign and involves a pull-back. the thatched roof is a torture test. even the fine detail in the uniform presents some artifacting on the JVC. On the Panasonic, it's solid across the board.

this is a non-anamorphic transfer, but with this player you would hardley know it.

there is a lot of detail in all these pictures , and especially here, that just didn't come thru in the scan.

i had to lighten these images in photoshop, but that drains the colors and lightens the mask area as well.

the masking around the images is black velvet. any halo is completely sucked up by this, so if you think the lighter black around the picture here is a halo, or reflected light-uh-uh. the picture looks much better in person, no light spill problems at all with the velvet.


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besides being a great movie, The Professionals also has some of the most dimensional images i've seen so far. i'd bet a good deal of this has to do with the way it was photographed, but being Columbia/tri star, the disc is just about rock solid too. unfortunately it some aggressive rainbowing, probably due to the bright sun/dark shadow desert shots.


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Hey ckolchak! Had to include a picture of yourself didn't you!


Seriously though - great pictures. I'm running with the Panny RP91 and the 150 and am totally happy with the image I am getting.


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theres a couple of reasons for what may look to be improper ratios - i don't know how, but the camera clipped off the left edge of the image. i thought i had the screen area centered all the time, but they didn't print out that way.

secondly-i may have gotten lazy. some widescreen movies that i think of as being a standard 2.35 are actually 2.2, 2.15, etc. for the purposes of these pictures, i really just wanted to get across clarity and the stability of the colors, so i may not have bothered perfectly framing the material. Overscan with the projector just doesn't bother me as much as it would with a tv, since ever since i was a little kid going to the movies, i could usually see a sliver of the image area projected on the drapes, etc.

i'm an AOR freak, but theres a big difference in something being panned and scanned and and having the general ratio with a tiny bit of overscan. if anything it makes it feel more like being at the movies http://www.avsforum.com/ubb/smile.gif

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last pic.

here you can see entire screen frame area with the panels moved in for @ 4:3 and pushed to the edges for 2.35.

the actual screen i constructed was closer to 16:9, but was able by making the frame that sits in front of it, which is covered with all that black) to mask the widest portion to 2.35. of course, i'm a little in trouble when playing really wide movies like the Great Escape or Ben-Hur, but since there aren't too many of those i don't worry.

in fact, with all the things in the world going on these days, i don't worry about any of this crap anymore.

btw- while it looks like a solid black masking the entire area, the left and right sides are covered with royal blue velvet. it looks dark blue with just the lights on, but when watching a movie, its essentially black.

once again i apologize for the poor quality of the photos.

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