Simple Question about Progressive Scans

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  1. Galactus

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    Hi Guys!

    Am about to buy a new DVD player, and I did a little online research about "progressive-scan capabalities" before actually buying.

    Most sites said that if you dont have an HDTV (and I dont), progressive scan won't do much with regards to picture clarity.

    Is this true?

    I just have a 29" TV (Sharp), with the usual features and jacks (S-Video, Component and RCA). If so, then I'd rather settle for the relatively cheaper "non-progressive scan" DVD.

    Thanks in advance for the reply.

    ps - I've read several links on Progressive Scans, and they're too technical for me, so a layman's answer is appreciated
     
  2. Reiner

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    Progressive Scan (PS) requires compatible equipment, i.e. if you TV is not PS capable (does not have a YUV input which supports PS) you will not benefit from a PS player.
    PS does not directly relate to HDTV, it's possible to use PS without HDTV, but benefits of PS might only be visible on larger screens.
    External De-interlacers/scalers (in combination with a e.g. projector) might achieve the same or better performance.
     
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    Thanks for the reply, Reiner. Very clear and concise.

    However, pls indulge me with another question.

    What's a YUV input?

    Just checked the back and front jacks of my TV. All I have are 3 RCA jacks, an S-Video, 1 Component and 1 Composite jack.
     
  4. WeirdFish

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    YUV inputs are component inputs. They will be coloured red, green & blue.


    This would would mean you would be able to connect the dvd to the tv with three component leads but as Reiner says, if the TV isnt prog scan compatable then you would only use the interlaced signal.

    I'd hazard a guess that your tv isnt prog scan compatable.
     
  5. Galactus

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    Thanks for the reply, WeirdFish. I guess I'm better off with a non-PS DVD player
     
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    I wouldnt lose sleep over missing out on something as the difference is subtle, even on my 6ft screen.
     
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    I have a tosh 520 & 32zd26 TV, both can handle progressive scan for ntsc material, if I toggle between progressive scan on and off, even with my 32" TV the difference in picture quality is very noticable with region 1.
     
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    Moved to DVD players.
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