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I just purchased the Battlestar Galactica complete series on Bluray. After popping it into my PS3, I was shocked to see how poor the video quality was. There seems to be a lot of background noise in the picture, especially in CGI sequences.


I have a Sony KBS-R60XBR2. Watching the show or anything in HD is great, but watching Bluray movies with the PS3 leaves a lot to be desired.


I been researching this a bit and have seen a lot of threads regarding the optimal video settings for the PS3. Even after tweaking these settings, I don't notice much of a difference.


My PS3 is connected directly to my Denon AVR-2807 receiver via HDMI, which connects directly to my TV via HDMI.


Any ideas?
 

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I don't have the series yet (tomorrow) but check some later shows to see if it's just the content.


The PS3 isn't going to be any different from any other BD player from a PQ perspective.
 

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If I remember right, BSG is purposefully grainy. Grain is not background noise, and is usually part of the presentation. Lots of threads about film grain around.


Perhaps you should try another Blu-Ray.
 

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Originally Posted by Eagles301256 /forum/post/16903788


Hello,


I just purchased the Battlestar Galactica complete series on Bluray. After popping it into my PS3, I was shocked to see how poor the video quality was. There seems to be a lot of background noise in the picture, especially in CGI sequences.


I have a Sony KBS-R60XBR2. Watching the show or anything in HD is great, but watching Bluray movies with the PS3 leaves a lot to be desired.


I been researching this a bit and have seen a lot of threads regarding the optimal video settings for the PS3. Even after tweaking these settings, I don't notice much of a difference.


My PS3 is connected directly to my Denon AVR-2807 receiver via HDMI, which connects directly to my TV via HDMI.


Any ideas?

Is BSG the only BD's you own? Try a different movie. I'm pretty sure the BSG series was filmed with the grain purposely, but I could be wrong.
 

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Is BSG the only BD's you own? Try a different movie. I'm pretty sure the BSG series was filmed with the grain purposely, but I could be wrong.

haven't seen them yet on BD, but this is most likely the case. While the show was filmed in Digital HD, Ron Moore (dir) wanted it to have a gritty, war documentary feel, and grain was added digitally.


I'd pop in an episode from one of the later seasons. You can confirm the grain vs no grain from most of the spaceship shots, as they were left clear from what I remember. I think. Which wasn't the case with the mini-series / first few seasons.


That said, window clear isn't always better. Think Saving Private Ryan.


Also, here's the tier list to bluray clearness , if that's what you like in blurays.


Besides that, try running it strait to the TV, and be sure that you're sending 1080P. I have the KDS-R70XBR2 and haven't had any issues. Films like the Boondock Saints are nice and grainy, while movies like Casino Royal and Futurama's flicks are crystal clear and vibrant.
 

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BSG was a low budget show, even on hd dvd it never looked great. It looked pixalized with all the digital grain that was intended.

The HDDVD had encoding issues from what I heard. There's no reason it shouldn't look great.
 

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It definitely is the show. I actually went back and watched some of the episodes on Demand and saw the same thing.


At first, I was thinking that it had to be my PS3. I popped in 300 and saw the same thing. I see now that it is just the way it was filmed and not an actual flaw or settings problem.
 

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Somewhat related while we are on the subject, but can anyone give a relative merit scale to the quality of the Blu Ray transfer for BSG season 4.5 vs the DVD transfer? This is the first TV series I'd be looking to get on blu ray, but if it isn't really worth it compared to DVD, I will just get it on DVD.


-Suntan
 

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Somewhat related while we are on the subject, but can anyone give a relative merit scale to the quality of the Blu Ray transfer for BSG season 4.5 vs the DVD transfer? This is the first TV series I'd be looking to get on blu ray, but if it isn't really worth it compared to DVD, I will just get it on DVD.


-Suntan

Best bet would be to ask here: http://www.avsforum.com/avs-vb/showthread.php?t=1122626


Some of them have it in their hands as of today, but I haven't seen a PQ thread from Xylon yet.
 

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I checked the amazon.com reviews of the BD version of season 4.5 (there's only 2). One person said the actors and such looked fine, but the CGI effects looked awful. Kind of mirrors what the OP said about the effects.


Might stick w/DVD on this one.
 

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I checked the amazon.com reviews of the BD version (there's only 2). One person said the actors and such looked fine, but the CGI effects looked awful. Kind of mirrors what the OP said about the effects.


Might stick w/DVD on this one.

I may, that would make it easier too.


-Suntan
 

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You guys would be making a mistake. So far people on AVS in the BD section says it looks great, and they pretty anal bout these things.


The show had lots of contrasts, shadows, and lights in a lot of scenes. The DVD's are going to have a harder time with these when played on a HDTV.


I know that the difference between scifi and scifiHD was very noticeable.
 

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I know that the difference between scifi and scifiHD was very noticeable.

LOL at comparing SciFi SD channel to DVD. Ha!


At Amazon it's only an $8 difference for the DVD vs the Blu-Ray. I'd probably go for Blu-Ray at that insignificant (IMO) price difference.


Of course, if you can pick up the whole series on Blu-Ray for $199.99 (as opposed to $173.49 on DVD....a difference of only $25.50).


Just throwing my thoughts out there.
 

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LOL at comparing SciFi SD channel to DVD. Ha!

I know, I know. Was waiting for that.


But their HD isn't up to snuff either. So, while both lower, it's compatible. (Not really)


Anyways, it's not just the better video, but the DTS-HD MA track that isn't on a DVD. This shows got some damn good music and music fx and will work your sound system.
 

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Here's a good review from Ken over at BD.com:
http://uk.blu-ray.com/movies/movies....80&show=review


PQ wise, this sums it up:
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All things considered, I'm quite pleased with the results. Even a quick comparison to the standard DVDs reveal a variety of obvious improvements, making the Blu-ray edition of each season well worth the upgrade. I'm confident anyone approaching Battlestar Galactica: The Complete Series with appropriate expectations will be just as satisfied with the overall presentation.

Like I said, the BD seems vastly superior, especially with how the series cinematography was shot.
 
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