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#1 of 7 OFFLINE   Jim Williams

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Posted April 07 2003 - 12:59 PM

If you don't have a progressive scan player will you be able to see a difference between a superbit and a standard DVD?
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#2 of 7 OFFLINE   Neil Joseph

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Posted April 07 2003 - 03:38 PM

I was able to see a difference when I had my old Toshiba 3108 480i player but then again, I was projecting 96" 9x16. Many of the SB disks have more fine detail. What is the size/type of your display.
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#3 of 7 OFFLINE   John Garcia

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Posted April 07 2003 - 07:00 PM

Superbit is about mastering, and has nothing to do with progressive scan. The difference in image quality will vary depending on the disc (particular movie), and how good the original transfer was.
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#4 of 7 OFFLINE   Jack Briggs

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Posted April 08 2003 - 05:15 AM

And I can see a clear improvement with the better-transferred discs on even my 27-inch bedroom display (specifically, Mask of Zorro and Fifth Element). As John notes, the Superbit titles are remasterings, with the bit allocation being assigned for the best-possible video quality.

#5 of 7 OFFLINE   John Garcia

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Posted April 08 2003 - 07:56 AM

The most noticable improvement I saw as on Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon in terms of picture quality. Dracula was improved, but not quite as noticably.

Also, in all cases AFAIK, there is a DTS track.
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#6 of 7 OFFLINE   Doug Schiller

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Posted April 08 2003 - 09:06 AM

Quote:
As John notes, the Superbit titles are remasterings
I'm not sure I buy this wording.
Superbit uses the exact same video "master" in 99% of their releases.
Sony doesn't remaster anything (I'm sure they would like you to think they do).
Recompression at a higher bit rate is more correct in my eyes.
Of course this can yield much more detail but it is still the same transfer (much to my dismay on Dracula, the only Superbit I own).

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#7 of 7 OFFLINE   Jack Briggs

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Posted April 08 2003 - 09:40 AM

Perhaps "disc reauthorings" would have been more appropriate.