Jim Peterson said:I am going to partially release Beta users from the NDA. I was going to do this at CEDIA, but since that is only a few days away I will go ahead and do it now. So, here are the changes to the NDA:
- RadianceXD Beta users can now publicly comment on video quality, and the general usability/reliability of the RadianceXD software. Please make sure to note that the comments relate to Beta software. It would also be good to reference the Beta release date in the text so it can more easily stay with the comments over time.
- Please no "lists" of missing features. Of course some of this will come out with the video quality comments, and since we post the new features with each release on our website, people will be able to follow our progress there.
- Bug reports need to be posted on the closed Beta forum, which is still under NDA or by email/phone with Lumagen.
- Audio is still under NDA until we get it closer to complete.
Some general comments on where we are with software:
We have made a lot of progress, but have had to -- once again -- fight with a couple of chips not behaving themselves. We have these chips working well now.
We have a lot of video functionality in the software, but not the more advanced features such as parametric grayscale, Gamut control, or the Gennum enhancement controls.
At this point we are concentrating on getting audio functionality in. We have found that HDMI audio was not designed to be simple to implement. So audio is taking longer than it might have. We have audio working in the lab for all input/output combinations, but have work to do to integrate it in the software. Our next feature release will be audio, followed by primary gamut control and then grayscale/gamma.
Still have lots to do before we can release to production, but I think the video quality is already excellent. Lets see if our Beta users agree
VirusKiller said:Looks like I'm in first
I'm using a Radiance with a JVC HD1 (RS1). Sources are Oppo HD970 (DVD), Toshiba HD-XA1 (HD DVD), Sony PS3 (Blu-Ray), and a SkyHD satellite receiver (here in the UK). All connections are via HDMI.
The deinterlacing from the latest Gennum chip is pretty much beyond reproach. My comment covers deinterlacing of 480i60 film, 576i50 video and film, 1080i60 film, and 1080i50 video.
Lumagen's NoRing scaling is quite exceptional. I haven't seen it in the Vision series, but one other Radiance Beta user privately commented to me early on that the Radiance's scaling is "at least as good" as his HDQ. No doubt it will get even better as the algorithms are refined.
In short, the image from vanilla DVD is the best I have seen, bar none. To put this into context, I have previously seen Faroudja 2310 (Philips 963SA SDI --> Crystalio I --> Panasonic AE900), Gennum 9351 (Oppo HD970 and Meridian G98 480/576p HDMI --> JVC HD1), and Meridian (G98 --> JVC HD1 and 800 --> DVP1080 --> MF1) scaling solutions. Take a good disc such as Star Wars Ep. IV and it really "approaches" HD. Certainly, it is exceptionally filmic with minimal artifacting. In fact, almost all artifacting I've seen is due to excessive edge-enhancement in the source material.
Obviously, the Radiance has much less to do with full HD signals. Nevertheless, images from HD DVD, Blu-Ray, and HD satellite look appropriately stunning. HD sport is quite wonderful on the big screen – recent football (soccer!) matches on the BBC, for instance. Planet Earth in HD on Sky is quite breathtaking.
Scaling of SD satellite is better than my old SDI-modded sat receiver into the Crystalio. Bit-rate is most definitely a significant factor in the final image quality. For reasons I cannot comment on at this time, I expect the quality of OTA broadcasts to improve considerably before the production release.
The Radiance is a lot more usable than I thought it would be. It's a very fast machine and very pleasant to use. The menus take a little getting used to if you are new to Lumagen, but quite logical IMO.
I have to comment about the whole Beta process. Quite simply, it's been a pleasure. Jim and his team are very open about things and very quick to respond to issues. As it should be IMO. I purchased a Beta unit very early on. I wanted the best quality, a certain minimum feature set, excellent customer service, and a large degree of future-proofing. I have not been disappointed so far.
Negatives? In terms of video quality and Beta customer experience, erm, none. In terms of things I can't comment on, nothing of significance. Really.
Good morning the happy beta testers. I hope you continue enjoing your new beast.
I'm looking at some information on the radiance:
1. How much does it weight?
2. What are the dimentions of the box in which it is delivered?
3. How much is the gross weight of the box (with the Radiance inside)?
4. Do you know when it is going to be released for sale officially? My last information was after the Cedia.
In advance thank you for your help. Best regards. Lenny