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Re: Technical Issues and Questions

#1726 Post by David M. » Mon Feb 04, 2019 11:27 am

The color uniformity of most modern consumer displays I've seen isn't great. You'll probably need to go through a few. I always seem to find the rightmost 1/4th of the panel (at 65") has a different tint to the rest.

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Re: Technical Issues and Questions

#1727 Post by richard_t » Mon Feb 04, 2019 12:40 pm

I reckon I could cope with just a 1/4 of the screen at one side being off since most if not all of it would be hidden by the pillar box black bars of the majority of black & white films and as I think I mentioned earlier I can barely notice it when watching colour content.

It’s such a disappointing state of affairs that this seems so wide spread though. As great as 4K and particularly HDR are neither of them in my opinion are worth forgoing the far superior screen uniformity of plasma for, especially for the kind of content I and I suspect a lot of people here are more interested in. If only I could unearth a brand new and working Panasonic 65VT65 plasma somewhere.

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Re: Technical Issues and Questions

#1728 Post by Michael Kerpan » Mon Feb 04, 2019 12:47 pm

One quarter of the screen or one quarter of an inch of the screen ???

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Re: Technical Issues and Questions

#1729 Post by fdm » Mon Feb 04, 2019 12:57 pm

I think that very very slight inch wide dark band was normal for the last generation of Panasonic plasmas (mine turns six in July). But as you note, rarely noticeable, only time I have noticed it was when somebody posted something about it and I checked if it was there on mine, and this was just a couple months in... otherwise haven't seen it in years (knock on wood).

My Sony rear projection tv developed some issues like what you show (although in this case it was a greenish brown tint and not peculiar to one side of the screen, more scattered around), but it was a whole 'nother technology (sxrd). I stuck with it for quite a while as initially the symptoms weren't too bad, just annoying, and the available "fix" didn't necessarily take (might end up even worse next time, and sooner) so I didn't bother, but finally when the bulb was switched out it turned really bad and I bailed. (What failed was one of the color filters in the optical block, due to heat induced aging/discoloration.)

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Re: Technical Issues and Questions

#1730 Post by richard_t » Mon Feb 04, 2019 3:01 pm

Michael Kerpan wrote:
Mon Feb 04, 2019 12:47 pm
One quarter of the screen or one quarter of an inch of the screen ???
After seeing what I’ve seen recently if I manage to get one that only has a 1/4” of tinting at the edge I’ll be absolutely thrilled with it.

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Re: Technical Issues and Questions

#1731 Post by fdm » Tue Feb 05, 2019 2:15 am

No doubt, that's why after that Sony junker, I've been pretty happy. Lucky they still made decent plasmas when the Sony finally bit it, though for a while I was pretty sad when Kuros were dropped.

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Re: Technical Issues and Questions

#1732 Post by DeprongMori » Mon Feb 11, 2019 7:03 pm

Who has strong recommendations for Windows 10 Blu-ray player software that is able to provide detailed info on Blu and DVD discs?

I’m looking for software that can interrogate such details as region-coding, audio-encoding and number of channels on main features, commentaries and supplements. For example, finding that a disc has an English audio track in DTS-MA 5.1 and another in PMC 2.0, is locked to Region 2, and whether it is 1080p or 1080i. (I am currently able to tell DVD PAL from DVD NTSC, but that’s about it.)

My hardware is an LG BP50NB40 Slim Portable Blu-ray / DVD Writer. I also want to make sure that any software I run allows me to read the actual Disc-ID information and does not generate pseudo-IDs as default. (This is a problem with some disc-burning software.)

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Re: Technical Issues and Questions

#1733 Post by jedgeco » Tue Feb 12, 2019 2:36 pm

DeprongMori wrote:
Mon Feb 11, 2019 7:03 pm
Who has strong recommendations for Windows 10 Blu-ray player software that is able to provide detailed info on Blu and DVD discs?
Unfortunately, I'm not sure there is any such software anymore. I used ArcSoft Total Media Theater for several years and was happy with it, but the company stopped supporting it, and I found that it couldn't play newly issued Blu-rays at all.

There may be some VLC plug-ins that will add Blu-ray functionality, or some open source solution, but I don't think that any good commercial software exists.

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Re: Technical Issues and Questions

#1734 Post by fdm » Tue Feb 12, 2019 3:32 pm

On a Mac, VLC does seem to provide a good amount of statistics, might be okay for what you are looking for. The other Mac software, MacGo's Blu-Ray Player Pro doesn't seem to have anything like that. (And it seems that "it depends" on whether something blu-ray(-ish) will play on either software, I think my Regions are messed up somehow. Good thing I almost always use a real blu-ray player and a tv for such things.)

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Re: Technical Issues and Questions

#1735 Post by DeprongMori » Tue Feb 12, 2019 5:17 pm

I did find one freeware tool (BDinfo) that does a decent job of reporting the CODEC (among other things) of Blu-ray discs , but doesn’t report things like region-locking and doesn’t read DVDs at all.

After experimenting with various discs, I got very detailed output on the “Dirty Harry” Blu, including the languages, audio encoding and number of channels for each of the ten audio tracks. For example, it reports a “English Dolby Digital 5.1” track, a “English Dolby TrueHD 5.1” track, and a “English Dolby Digital 2.0” track, as well as “Dolby Digital 1.0” tracks in Japanese, French, German, Italian, two Spanish, and Portuguese. It also reports 19 available subtitle tracks for the Presentation CODEC on the disc.

On the video CODEC, it reports “1080p / 23.976 fps / 16:9” encoded in “VC-1”.

So, much of what I need is available here. Still searching for a player that integrates these tools for both DVD and Blu.

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Re: Technical Issues and Questions

#1736 Post by TMDaines » Fri Feb 15, 2019 12:52 pm

I don't think there is an all-in-one solution. Using a PC to watch media (and manipulate it) usually means using a variety of different tools and software.

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Re: Technical Issues and Questions

#1737 Post by Cash Flagg » Fri Mar 08, 2019 9:22 am

Not a hardware question, but does anyone know how to properly convert PNGs to JPGs in Preview, for Mac? Every time I try to submit cover art to Film AF, it is rejected as being all black, although the photo displays fine as a thumbnail. (They don't allow PNG format photos, which is how all the photos are posted on Indicator's site.) I've tried opening the PNG in Preview, then saving it as a JPG instead of PNG, but the resulting image is still rejected as black/blank.

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Re: Technical Issues and Questions

#1738 Post by Morbii » Fri Mar 08, 2019 11:00 am

I’m guessing that all it actually does is create a copy of the file with a new name (ie it’s still a png). From the name of the program, it sounds like it’s just meant for viewing, not conversion.

Have you tried any online converters, such as this one (found with google): https://image.online-convert.com/convert-to-jpg

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Re: Technical Issues and Questions

#1739 Post by domino harvey » Fri Mar 08, 2019 11:57 am

I use Preview to save PNGs as JPGs all the time (it’s how I make the lower rez album covers in the announce for my mixes). That said, I have no idea why your pix are being saved as all black, esp since they’re not displaying that way for you— I suspect the problem is with Film AF and they’re not actually all-black

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Re: Technical Issues and Questions

#1740 Post by mfunk9786 » Fri Mar 08, 2019 12:17 pm

I use http://rsizr.com/ to create avatars for this site, you can customize the size of the resulting .jpg, etc. It's very useful, but only works on Flash enabled browsers (or did last time I visited it).

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Re: Technical Issues and Questions

#1741 Post by Morbii » Fri Mar 08, 2019 1:26 pm

domino harvey wrote:
Fri Mar 08, 2019 11:57 am
I use Preview to save PNGs as JPGs all the time (it’s how I make the lower rez album covers in the announce for my mixes). That said, I have no idea why your pix are being saved as all black, esp since they’re not displaying that way for you— I suspect the problem is with Film AF and they’re not actually all-black
Oh. Well, my other thought was that maybe it has an alpha channel and Preview doesn’t really know how to handle it.

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Re: Technical Issues and Questions

#1742 Post by Cash Flagg » Fri Mar 08, 2019 5:26 pm

Morbii wrote:
Fri Mar 08, 2019 11:00 am
Have you tried any online converters, such as this one (found with google): https://image.online-convert.com/convert-to-jpg
That did the trick, thanks!

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Re: Technical Issues and Questions

#1743 Post by cdnchris » Sat Mar 30, 2019 6:54 pm

I was able to get a region B LG 250 for pretty cheap and hooked it up. When I throw a region B disc in it starts and plays no problem, but I can't get to the home screen: I get a "mode not supported" error. I assume the home menu is outputting at 50hz and I think my setup options are limited when a disc is playing, So i can't change the output. Just wondering if anyone has any ideas on how to adjust this. I don't see a resolution option on the player or the remote.

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Re: Technical Issues and Questions

#1744 Post by FrauBlucher » Sun Jun 02, 2019 6:57 pm

What's the longevity of a bluray player? I have a Sony S550 from 2009. I feel it's starting to show some signs of wear and tear. Takes longer to load. Periodically skips, unlike my other player (LG region free). The opening and closing of the drawer doesn't always respond right away.

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Re: Technical Issues and Questions

#1745 Post by Godot » Mon Jun 03, 2019 5:45 pm

cdnchris wrote:
Sat Mar 30, 2019 6:54 pm
I was able to get a region B LG 250 for pretty cheap and hooked it up. When I throw a region B disc in it starts and plays no problem, but I can't get to the home screen: I get a "mode not supported" error. I assume the home menu is outputting at 50hz and I think my setup options are limited when a disc is playing, So i can't change the output. Just wondering if anyone has any ideas on how to adjust this. I don't see a resolution option on the player or the remote.
Hi, Chris, are you connecting to a TV or PC? On page 12 of your player's manual, they have instructions for resolving this resolution hand-shake problem (for TVs), but there are also different instructions for connecting to PC. Here's the page 12 note:

If your TV does not accept the resolution you have set on the player, you can set resolution to 576p as follows:
1. Press B to open the disc tray.
2 Press Z (STOP) for more than 5 seconds.
-If you select a resolution manually and then connect the HDMI jack to TV and your TV does not accept it, the resolution setting is set to [Auto].
-If you select a resolution that your TV does not accept, the warning message will appear. After resolution change, if you cannot see the screen, please wait 20 seconds and the resolution will automatically revert back to the previous resolution.
-The 1080p video output frame rate may be automatically set to either 24 Hz or 50 Hz depending both on the capability and preference of the connected TV and based on the native video frame rate of the content on the BD-ROM disc.

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Re: Technical Issues and Questions

#1746 Post by cdnchris » Mon Jun 03, 2019 6:36 pm

TV

I looked through the manual too but I obviously missed that. Thanks for pointing that out! I'll try it out tonight.

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Re: Technical Issues and Questions

#1747 Post by cdnchris » Tue Jun 11, 2019 3:55 pm

So to follow-up I tried the steps listed above and couldn't get it to work. But it didn't matter much in the end: got my early Father's Day gift (and gift for the whole year, really), a new 4K TV (an LG) and once I hooked everything up, including the LG player, the player automatically adjusted itself to output at 24p, so I no longer have the issue. It seems the player just couldn't detect what the frame rate was on the old TV.

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Re: Technical Issues and Questions

#1748 Post by DarkImbecile » Tue Jun 11, 2019 4:29 pm

Is it one of the OLED models? I love mine to the extent it’d be difficult to choose whether to carry it or my kids out in a fire situation (in my defense, the kids can walk, while the LG would be totally reliant on me).

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#1749 Post by cdnchris » Tue Jun 11, 2019 4:34 pm

It is! My kids actually seem to love it more than me and I'm super pleased with it. I threw the 4K Coco in and they were just overjoyed by what they were seeing. I think my kids would understand if I chose the TV over them.

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Re: Technical Issues and Questions

#1750 Post by mfunk9786 » Tue Jun 11, 2019 4:40 pm

It's a really spectacular television, it's what I have in my den and I couldn't be happier with it. I'm sure I drive folks crazy here when I post about how much I prefer a 4K HDR digital copy of a film over a Blu-ray, but it's really an incredible jump.

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