So what has changed? Well, it turns out that the original unit I purchased second hand from eBay was indeed faulty in some way. Regular readers of this blog will know I value my DVDO Edge, which has proven to be a flexible and reliable video processor for a number of applications. Originally retailing for thousands, these units are once again becoming sought after and you may need to wait quite some time to find one at a reasonable price. On paper at least, the 50pro is the ultimate gamers upscaler, with support for everything from p up to p and a blistering fast 6ms input lag time for progressive sources.
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So what has changed? Well, it turns out that the original unit I purchased second hand from eBay was indeed faulty in some way. Regular readers of this blog will know I value my DVDO Edge, which has proven to be a flexible and reliable video processor for a number of applications. Originally retailing for thousands, these units are once again becoming sought after and you may need to wait quite some time to find one at a reasonable price.
On paper at least, the 50pro is the ultimate gamers upscaler, with support for everything from p up to p and a blistering fast 6ms input lag time for progressive sources. Indeed, the unit is highly praised by Fudoh on his well respected video processor review page.
Getting started with the 50 Pro The 50 Pro is an extremely versatile device. This versatility can lead to some quite confusing situations but the power and flexibility it grants you are second to none. The unit remembers things like v-sync lock on a per resolution basis.
So for instance you could configure the processor to frame lock all 60hz content and unlock all 50hz content if you so desired. The processor will remember this and reconfigure itself accordingly each time the relevant signal is fed in. On the plus side, advanced options are not buried so deep.
The way to configure the device is basically feed in all your different signals and configure the unit accordingly, then save this configuration to a profile. You then save this configuration to a profile and move on to your next source. I used Profile 1 for 60hz sources, 2 for 50hz sources and 3 for 24hz sources. If you have auto profile selection enabled, the 50 Pro will eventually remember which profile to use for each input and screen mode and select it accordingly.
Bugs, what bugs? The first thing to try is replacing the power supply unit, as these are known to go bad. Luckily in the case of the 50 Pro this is an external unit and replacements are available on eBay.
So which bugs affect this unit and which were on the faulty unit? Learning to use the profile feature is crucial to getting the most out of the unit. Disappointingly, profiles cannot be renamed. I do not know if this was because the unit was faulty or if this fault affects all 50 pros. Update — This does seem to be very hit and miss on the replacement 50 Pro too. It works sometimes, but not always. Alternatively, just route the analogue audio direct to your amplifier.
In practice this made it difficult to use with my gaming PC since changing resolution took so long that Windows assumed the new resolution had failed and would often switch back before I could confirm it was actually the resolution I wanted. Feed this mode into the VP50 Pro however and a blank screen is all that comes out. The VP50 Pro lacks this feature.
Instead, you must rely on the LCD at the front of the unit and navigate the menus there. This can quickly become frustrating. Update — Still true of course, initial configuration of the unit can be a bind, but only needs to be done once. This is not possible on the VP50 Pro. This also applies to display profiles, which seems like quite an oversight. Update — Still true of course, a strange oversight. Generally less stable than the Edge — I had issues losing picture going from 60hz to 50hz on the Xbox and various other times for inexplicable reasons.
Again, the unit I had temporary possession of could have been faulty though there seems to be a few frustrated 50 Pro users around on the internet. Update — This was definitely due to a faulty unit as far as I can tell. Certainly the Edge is more beginner friendly. Sources that have refresh rates that deviate even slightly from the Choosing an upscaling solution The choice of processor for your p gaming setup now comes down to several factors.
Budget, of course, is always a concern. Apart from gamers, many of whom will want to combine the unit with their OSSC, the 50 Pro is also sought after by home theatre enthusiasts with anamorphic projection setups. Hopefully at least the OSSC will be readily available towards the end of , with a few units starting to trickle onto the market over the summer.
If you can live with the input lag on some systems but want a fully blown video processor for both game and movie material, the DVDO Edge is still a strong contender. Again though, for decent p quality you really must combine it with a OSSC too.
Its p and i processing is great, no need to add on an OSSC. Its input lag is 20ms for all sources, a little disappointing for a device designed from the ground up as as vintage gaming scaler, but not intolerable. Share this:.
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If you wanted to change a signal to for use with an anamorphic lens, the VP50 can do that for you. If you wanted to force your projector to display a 2. For those with projectors that will not change the aspect ratio of material sent over an HDMI link, this is a life-saving feature that enables the use of an anamorphic lens for 2. Input Switching - The VP50 is capable of auto-detecting and switching inputs on both audio and video. This one-cable solution eliminates clutter and cuts down on the expense of longer cables for all of your theater components. Test Pattern Generator - Finally, the VP50 incorporates a suite of test patterns to aid you in calibrating your projector. Essentially, matching these two halves will help to optimize performance.
Especially as any major shortcomings in your AV knowledge can be handily overcome by the fact that the VP50Pro is intended to be installed for you by a professional, as part of a wider home cinema installation. But overall the VP50Pro definitely feels like a product designed to be placed in a dedicated and hidden AV gear rack rather than left out for public consumption. Considering the VP50Pro stands just 55mm high, it sure packs a lot of connections. Then, of course, the VP50Pro provides the key video processor fundamental of being able to upscale and output any sources to a variety of different video formats, depending on what best suits your display device. For starters, the level of adjustment possible in core picture areas such as brightness, contrast and especially sharpness is little short of mind-boggling, enabling you to fine-tune pictures to your tastes with complete precision. The differences are most pronounced with standard definition sources. This absence of video noise applies both to noise types commonly found in sources — mosquito noise, block noise, chroma noise — and noise or artefacting problems such as smearing commonly associated with video processing.
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