Discussion in 'Projectors, Screens & Video Processors' started by cybersoga, Jul 27, 2004.
What inside Cinemateq, in particular what deinterlacer does it use?
Don't know, but don't you think it's odd that they can't handle a progressively scanned input?
I spoke to Cinemateq about this when it was first launched in the UK. The official line is Cinemateq are not gonna tell anyone what processor they use, end of story! I figure Trident or SIL, possibly with their own additions. What I did get is that Cinemateq reckon it's the best deinterlacing chip for movies and provides save function up to 150MHz pixelclock (I'm not gonna pretend to know what that means).
When questioned on scaling PS or HD they simply said why would you wanna do that!! If it's from a DVD stick it into interlaced mode since the Cinemteq is gonna be better at processing, if it's 720 or 1080 running from HDTV then use the pass thru function since that's what it's there for and displays should scale that as well as a scaler could! Interesting.... there will be a Pro version of some sort when HDTV is launched which will likely try to compete with the Lumagen ProHDP by offering HD scaling. Can't see it competing really but time will tell I guess.
My stance on it is specific implementations will require different scalers to do the job. If you want the top functions (HD processing, interlaced HDMI compatiblilty, videophile build quality) get a Lumagen HDP or wonder into Crystalio territory. If you're not big money processing then run an iScan if you want audio switching as well as video. Or go for the Cinemateq if you like a simpler product or the high number of inputs. It has quite a comprehensive support base for less advanced users, is a shiny silver box with cool blue on black LCD, and can switch a pile of sources accross up to three displays.
from what I gather, it's their own brand of deinterlacer. The algorithms for this are quie well known and there are also several other manufacturers (e.g., Zoran) that have pretty decent deinterlacers now, so who knows...
Cinemateq has been Cinematrix in the past, so it probably takes the technology from the PSM-1 in an external scaler.
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