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Whenever someone comes to demo my setup, there are a few titles that are certain to be shown.


For example i typical demo could start with the jungle opening in 'Rules of Engagement' for its sensational sound mix and the perfectly smooth, incredibly detailed picture without any hint of EE. An almost unmatched audio-visual experience at reference level.


But the colors in this sequence are very pale and washed out by intend. So i know that my visitors think "Great, but ugh, no color saturation at all!" to themselves...


Hehe, to compnsate for that, the next title often is the 'The Rock: CC', namely the car chase in the middle and the baby doll scene in the beginning. This transfer is increadible. The contrast and dynamic range is unheard of, unlike any other. The color saturation is perfect. And detail wise this transfer is unbelievable, supported by quite a bit of VERY high frequency EE. Apart from several scenes where this leads to halos which pollute slihouettes, the apparent detail throughout the movie is basically unmatched.


Last week, just for fun, i completely redid the mechanical and electronic astig and focus setup on my XG and refocued my lenses painfully accurate, to maybe gain another 5-10 percent in beam tightness and focus. Then, i took the time to get the main resolution/ratio (2.35:1) on my constant area screen into perfect convergence, because the mechanical work threw it off quite a bit, as would be expected. Usually, i get my convergence 95% perfect even without ANY use of point convergence, but because i was in the 'perfection' mood, i tweeked it to 100% in this ratio.


I got the red gun about 10% tighter spot-wise, and it was already increadible before. The green gun, which is slightly less tight than the red anyway, didn't improve much. The blue gun also improved quite a bit, which is not really needed, because i ever so slightly defocus blue anyway for increased accuracy in gray scale tracking. Redid color temperatur with extra care as well.


Then, to test the result, i threw in 'The Rock' and was blown away, like every time. I don't know if it was really noticable better than before, but it reminded me how much i appreciate this transfer.


So i took some screenshots with this new perfected setup and this marvelous title as a 'shrine of appreciation' for it. Due to the special care this screenshot session got fom me, i think they turned out even better than the older ones.


You can find the screenshots on my homepage (signature).


Here is a smaller sized teaser, the others are larger:

http://www.peopleindustry.de/BjoernR...ges/Teaser.jpg


Enjoy!


Regards

Bjoern



Btw. I would appreciate it tremendously if someone could tell me which telecine and compression machinery was used for this title. Due to the similiarity to the EE characteristic in Saving Private Ryan, i would guess it was a Spirit telecine and probably a C-Cube E3 based encoder (Minerva?).
 

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Whenever the all too often "what's the 10 best looking DVD's" question comes up on the various boards that I post to, The Rock:CC is always at the top of the list. Can't help you with your telecine and compression answers Bjoern but I can vouch for the amazing picture I get on my NEC LT150, and as a bonus it's great movie to boot!


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the rock: cc is definitely one of the best discs in my collection, in terms of both visual and aural quality. I can only dream of one day having a setup like Bjoern's to experience it on :)
 

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The Rock Criterion Ed. was authored and compressed by MetropolisDVD http://www.metropolisdvd.com/ . According to the site they used the Sony S1100 video compression system for that particular title.
 

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Jeroen,

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Trust me man freaks like us think that, normal people don't. I can put on the most hideous transfer pre-warmup and with convergence all out of whack and they still think it looks great BECAUSE IT'S BIG.
Hehe, that so true about 'normal' people. But i was actually refering to non-normal people, for that matter. Meaning, fellow HT freaks that visit me to see my setup.



Frode,


thanks! Seems like indeed a Philips Spirit telecine was used. And, as you said, a Sony S1100 encoder, which kinda surprises me. Does someone know whether the S1100 encoder is the one that CTHV uses for their inhouse titles?


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Bjoern
 
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