Panasonic PD30 - progressive ?

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    Hi,

    My only problem with my PD30, now, is that when I put a region1 DVD in my Pioneer 656A (both in RGB and component) my only option is to watch it in Progressive mode.

    I can not select between 100Hz, Progressive and Acuity scan modes because in the picture menu the 100/Prog/Acuity option just isn't there any more.

    1- Is this normal?

    2- Since the 656A is not oficially Progressive scan what does this mean ?


    PS- I bought my 656A in Portugal, first it was region2 and I made it multi-region.


    Thanks in advance,


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    Progressive is superior to any picture mode because you get rid of the scanlines.
     
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    Hi there Eduardo,

    This isn't actually a problem as such. Firstly, for the PD30 to only be accepting a Progressive signal it must be receiving a 'progressive' input:lesson:

    Yes, it is 'normal' for the PD30 to act in this way, since a pure progressive signal cannot work with 'interlaced' scan modes anyway, and as Lizzard says, Prog. Scan is superior to interlaced, so who'd want it to:confused:

    So since your Pioneer isn't officially progressive, :)lease: this is my specualtion) it seems as if by your making it multi-region, it maybe outputting a PAL60 signal, which equally only plays back in Progressive mode on the PD30.

    Hope that helps,

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    Thanks Lagavulin,

    I'm pleased to know that it's somehow a normal behavior.

    Please can tell me whats Pal60 ?

    or give me a link to a good web site.

    In terms of quality > Pal60 versus NTSC ?


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    Hi Eduardo,

    No probs, happy to help.

    Ok, in basic terms; the PAL (i.e. mostly European + Aussie and South African I believe) colour standard runs at 50hz (hertz), or another way of putting it 50 frames (of pictures) a second, e.g. 50fps. NTSC (US & Jap) colour standard runs at 60hz, or 60fps. But making PAL run at 60hz (or 60fps; i.e. PAL60) allows an NTSC signal to play back on a PAL colour standard TV set. This is the type of 'technology' used on those VCR's which can playback NTSC video tapes. It is also a technology used for encoding PAL video games to run smoother than bog-standard PAL50 stuff.

    However, as a general rule, most top brand TV's (i.e. the PD30 et al) don't really need a PAL60 signal as most decent DVD players can output a pure NTSC signal, rather than converting it to a quasi-PAL format, e.g PAL60. Obviously, a pure NTSC signal is prefered to a pseudo-NTSC signal, so pure NTSC should be better than PAL60, and PAL60 should be better than normal PAL50:zonked:

    As to why this might be happening on your Pioneer though is beyond my limited understanding. I can only assume it's a result of making the player multi-region:confused:

    Hope that helps,

    Best wishes,

    LAGAVULIN
     

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