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  1. Not all DivX & XviD files will play properly on "DivX" capable players. Many use incompatible features in the codecs (like Packed Bitstream, QPel, 3 warp point GMC, etc).

    Get a program called MPEG4Modifier, and load the DivX file, then click the Video Info button, it will show you if the file has been encoded using any of these features.

    My Pioneer player can't cope with Packed Bitstream - if that is the only problem with file, then MPEG4Modifier can fix the file within about 30 seconds. If QPel or 3point GMC have been used, I re-encode the file using VirtualDubMod to XviD, then I have no problems at all.

    Re-encoding to DVD format (VOB) is a bad idea because you'll almost definitely lose image quality and you're not going to get much on one disc.

    If you're encoding your own files in the first place, I'd recommend using XviD and turning off all the fancy options (listed above).

  2. I hope you realise that a 76cm widescreen TV is going to look very small (much smaller than a 68cm 4:3 screen for instance).

    If I was buying something to "tide me over" for a couple of years, I'd go for one of the cheaper plasma's, CRTs are just not big enough.

    Note: I did have an 86cm CRT for a while and it was too small and it had allsorts of image geometry problems.

  3. I don't think you'll find one that decodes all DivX and XviD files properly - the main problem with all these players seems to be the limited nature of the chipset used.

    My Pioneer 676 plays them - but it stutters with packed bitstream (fixable with MPEG4Modifier) and it can't cope with QPel or 3-point warp GMC. And sometimes it has problem with VBR audio tracks.

    What I need is a player that can do all of the above and also play XviD's with resolutions over 720x406 (and maybe even video in the matroska container). I think the ONLY way to get all that and have updatable codecs is to go for an HTPC.

  4. Ikea "Billy" bookcases for me as well.

    Get this one: 202 x 80 cm and add two extra shelves. It will then hold 400 standard sized DVDs (50 DVDs per shelf).

    As your collection grows, just add another bookshelf (or just start out with three - I have a relatively large collection :blink: ).

  5. Assuming an HD movie file is 20GB (and one of the torrents I've downloaded in the past was over 20gb - but it certainly wasn't a single movie) - then not only will you be paying the stupidly high price of $30, but also using a huge chunk of your monthly quota - which also costs money. On my plan that'd be about $22 worth of quota - making the movie cost over $50 ! (for a rental !!!).

    All these movie download schemes (even the "lower than DVD quality" ones) are a rip-off, you're much better off waiting for the DVD (or HD-DVD).

  6. Yeah thanks for that, I did seriously consider getting a tech out to fix it as it should of been but for something brand new it really shouldn't have this type of a problem.

    I agree that a new panel should be "perfect" straight out of the box - but it seems like many have their colour & brightness (etc) settings set to "showroom" levels rather than "home" levels. They should probably include a leaflet explaining how to alter the initial settings to get a reasonable picture in the home environment.

  7. magregus I had some weird flickering colour patches appearing on my Fujitsu panel with the movie "Something's Gotta Give" - see this post and some of the follow-up posts.

    The problem always occurred at the same points in the movie and was repeatable. Another user who had the same panel and movie could not repeat the problem.

    The problem was fixed by altering various settings in the panel's menus (reducing the blue colour temperature was the main fix). A user called phreek posted some very good settings for my particular panel - and using them made all the difference to my picture quality.

    Quite a few guys here recommend getting your panel professionally calibrated to get the best picture quality possible - that could possibly be the answer to your problems, but it isn't a cheap option.

  8. You guys do realize that the frame size of an image on a 4:3 DVD is exactly the same as the frame size on a 16:9 DVD (i.e. 720x576 for PAL) - the only difference is that one is flagged as being 16:9.

    Sure, some players allow you to pillar box 4:3 material - but they're throwing away pixels to do it, which is similar to the way a DVD player throws away pixels when set to 4:3 mode and playing a 16:9 movie.

    You're better off changing the aspect on the TV, rather than throwing away pixels at the DVD end.

    When a DVD player is told that you have a 4:3 aspect TV - it removes every fourth line of a 16:9 DVD so it will display correctly on the 4:3 screen. If the DVD player is set to 16:9 mode - it does not remove every fourth line - sending the complete image to the TV, it's then up to the TV to stetch the image sideways (for 16:9) or just leave it alone (for 4:3).

  9. Does anyone know what, if any, improvements the new LG offers over the 9921P? I don't mind the slot loading (unless it breaks down, of course...) and have little use for the memory card/USB feature anyway.

    I just used the "compare" feature at LG's Australian site - here's the differences I noticed:

    DN100H can play DVD Audio, has a 108MHz 14 bit Video DAC (compared to 54MHz 12 bit) and 90db S/N Ratio (compared to 100db).

    The DF9921P has memory card slots (the new one doesn't) and some feature called "Screen Fit".

  10. hmmm....when I view 4:3 material on my HD Panasonic Viera, the sides are grey and not black - can the colour be changed?

    If you plan on watching a lot of 4:3, you may be better off leaving the sides grey - this would help prevent the centre portion of the screen fading faster than the edges, so you'll have a much more even brightnes level over the entire width of the screen. If it's only the occasional 4:3 show - then it probably won't make any difference either way.

  11. Does anyone know if the Z500 can properly decode XviD/DivX files that have been encoded with Qpel, packed bitstream, GMC, etc?

    And what about high resolution DivX & XviD?


    I just checked the forums at www.z500series.com, and it can't do 3 warp-point GMC!

  12. The 520 works exactly the same as the 880 - just not as many buttons around the smaller monochrome LCD.

    The Harmony's can do what yout want - BUT, it is painful. Doing ONE activity at a time is really easy, and the harmony's are perfect for that. As soon as you need to do something else at the same time (like recording a TV show while watching a DVD), you need to switch to "Device mode" (by clicking the "Device" button). You can then control each device individually as you would with the original remote for each device. After getting the recording going, you click the "device" button again to switch back to "activities" mode.

  13. ...a local capture as the end result (quality) is much better than the torrent divx/xvid avi's, especially when you want to keep them for playing during the off seasons.

    I noticed that we'd missed a few episodes of Stargate - so I looked for the torrents, and found an excellent quality pack of the entire season 9. Not as good as HD obviously but damn close to SD.

  14. I actually haven't tried any of those replacement firmwares in my 676a, but the main reason I haven't was because I've never heard anyone suggest before that they can fix the packed-bitstream playback problem...

    Has anyone confirmed this - and if so, which version of the replacement firmware was it?

    No it doesn't fix the packed bitstream problem, and anyway I'm pretty sure it's a limitiation of the chipset used not the firmware. BUT, it only takes 20 seconds to fix a packed bitstream file using MPEG4Modifier and it doesn't affect the video quality at all.

    It's worth upgrading to one of these firmwares just to get 42 character file names instead of the insanely short 14 you get with Pioneer's firmware.

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