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Cassius101 September 10th 12 09:51

Upconverting Babylon 5 DVD's to 1080i/1080p?
 
Does anyone here have any Babylon 5 DVD? I was watching the show but they were from torrent, the video quality was average at best. Does anyone know if you can upconvert the B5 DVD'S, anyone tried it on a DVD player or their PS3? Im probably going to stop watching it until I buy the DVDs. Im on episode 7 of Season 3.

KoshN September 10th 12 19:27

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Originally Posted by Cassius101 (Post 401045)
Does anyone here have any Babylon 5 DVD? I was watching the show but they were from torrent, the video quality was average at best. Does anyone know if you can upconvert the B5 DVD'S, anyone tried it on a DVD player or their PS3? Im probably going to stop watching it until I buy the DVDs. Im on episode 7 of Season 3.

You might be better off asking here:

http://www.hometheaterforum.com/

Joe DeMartino probably knows, if he still participates there. I'll be running into the same issue. I have an upconverting DVD player and am about to buy a 720p or 1080p HDTV (32" - which is the biggest that'll fit.). I'm very much a newbie at this HDTV stuff. See, my 1985 27" Fisher 4:3 CRT type TV died a few days ago. I was wondering if a new Blu-Ray player would make a better showing of my B5 DVDs.

JoeD80 September 10th 12 22:24

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I don't know the specific technical details, but I use a PS3 with an HDMI cable and B5 looks fine and sharp on my 50" HDTV (though there are some film flaws, dust etc.)

maneth September 23rd 12 09:21

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I'm currently on a rewatch of the DVDs on a PS3 / fullHD system. The show was originally shot on film rather than videotape, so most shots convert nicely and are lovely and sharp. However, any FX intense scenes are much more blurry. It's particularly noticeable in scenes that were shot against a green screen, when previously sharp faces suddenly turn blurry, because the CGI was made for standard TV. However, if they ever decide to upgrade the CGI, the show could be a hit again in blu-ray thanks to the quality of the writing and the lack of decent SF currently on TV.

KoshN September 25th 12 11:52

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Originally Posted by maneth (Post 401336)
However, if they ever decide to upgrade the CGI, the show could be a hit again in blu-ray thanks to the quality of the writing and the lack of decent SF currently on TV.

Warner Brothers .....spend....money, ........ on B5? You've GOT to be kidding. They'd NEVER do the right thing, i.e. do it right, ....half-assed and for maximum profits, maybe, but NOT right.

See, they'd have to spend BIG BUCKS to remake 100% of the CGI and composite CGI scenes, WITH proper supervision to make sure we don't have any backwards flying Minbari fighters, etc., hoping that no more of the film got eaten by rats in the last 14+ years, and THEN they'd have to PROMOTE the new Blu-Ray sets, HEAVILY. Can any of you see THAT happening?

Jade Jaguar October 1st 12 10:45

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I could only see WB doing that, if I was unconscious...

The best upconverting DVD player is an OPPO Blu-ray player, that costs $499. It's excellent, has upconversion chip the equal of that put in $2000 upscalers. Said to make DVDs look almost as good as Blu-ray. You can read about them on the AVS forum. A friend of mine bought one on my recommendation, and he is very happy. I don't know if he has watched any of his B5 DVDs on it yet.

KoshN October 1st 12 19:04

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Originally Posted by Jade Jaguar (Post 401567)
I could only see WB doing that, if I was unconscious...

The best upconverting DVD player is an OPPO Blu-ray player, that costs $499. It's excellent, has upconversion chip the equal of that put in $2000 upscalers. Said to make DVDs look almost as good as Blu-ray. You can read about them on the AVS forum. A friend of mine bought one on my recommendation, and he is very happy. I don't know if he has watched any of his B5 DVDs on it yet.

I'll have to check on that player. Thanks.

Is this the one?
http://www.oppodigital.com/blu-ray-bdp-103/

Jade Jaguar October 2nd 12 09:07

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Well, I wasn't aware that they were replacing the 93 with the 103, but they are always upgrading their equipment. The price did not go up. They have fantastic service, too. If you have a commercially manufactured disc that won't play, or has issues, you can talk to, or email their service department. They will buy the same disc, play it, and see if there is a firmware problem with their players. If there is, they will update the firmware! You won't find OPPOs discounted anywhere. But, if you order from Amazon, you can get free shipping. I'm hoping to buy myself one for Christmas... :)

KoshN October 2nd 12 13:37

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Originally Posted by Jade Jaguar (Post 401594)
Well, I wasn't aware that they were replacing the 93 with the 103, but they are always upgrading their equipment. The price did not go up. They have fantastic service, too. If you have a commercially manufactured disc that won't play, or has issues, you can talk to, or email their service department. They will buy the same disc, play it, and see if there is a firmware problem with their players. If there is, they will update the firmware!

But that doesn't help YOU; it just helps future buyers.


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Originally Posted by Jade Jaguar (Post 401594)
You won't find OPPOs discounted anywhere. But, if you order from Amazon, you can get free shipping. I'm hoping to buy myself one for Christmas... :)

I tried Best Buy, but it appears they don't stock it.

Jade Jaguar October 3rd 12 03:58

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No, they release their firmware updates to everyone. And, they don't sell them through big box stores. In think it's just them, and Amazon. On line, you can download firmware to make them region free, too.


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