Combing present on animated DVDs.

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Combing present on animated DVDs.

Postby Sham » Mon Nov 24, 2008 11:50 pm

Maybe you guys can help me because I am not a technical wizard.

I own every season/volume of Spongebob Squarepants and Family Guy on DVD. When I play the DVDs on a standard television, they look great, and I have no complaints.

However, when I play them on my 40" Sony 1080p HDTV, they look like absolute shit!

Every time something moves onscreen (especially when a camera angle switches), these delayed horizontal lines flicker across anything that moves. I think the professional term is combing, but whatever it is, it's absolutely pissing me off.

Now is this the result of a poor video presentation on the DVD (perhaps because they are interlaced), or is there something wrong with my setup?
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Re: Combing present on animated DVDs.

Postby Neon Maniac » Tue Nov 25, 2008 2:47 am

It could be a number of things. I'm guessing your TV is LCD, right? What DVD player do you have and how is it connected to the TV?

What's happening is, either the DVD or the DVD player is sending the image to your LCD TV as an interlaced image, which is causing what you describe. If your player is using component cables or HDMI/DVI cables, it should be set to be progressive scan and that might solve the problem. It could also be that the discs themselves were mastered with an interlaced pic, and if that's the case, you're probably SOL.

Here's info on what's causing it:
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Interlace
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Re: Combing present on animated DVDs.

Postby Sham » Tue Nov 25, 2008 3:48 am

Neon Maniac wrote:It could be a number of things. I'm guessing your TV is LCD, right? What DVD player do you have and how is it connected to the TV?

I'm currently using a Toshiba HD-A3 720p/1080i HD DVD player connected with an HDMI cable. And the TV is LCD.

Neon Maniac wrote:What's happening is, either the DVD or the DVD player is sending the image to your LCD TV as an interlaced image, which is causing what you describe. If your player is using component cables or HDMI/DVI cables, it should be set to be progressive scan and that might solve the problem. It could also be that the discs themselves were mastered with an interlaced pic, and if that's the case, you're probably SOL.

This is what I'm guessing. And judging by this review of Family Guy presents Blue Harvest, I'm assuming it's a problem with most animated TV-DVDs.

Neon Maniac wrote:Here's info on what's causing it:
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Interlace

Thanks, Neon!

I also just dug up this link which has a good visual comparison between progressive and interlace.
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Re: Combing present on animated DVDs.

Postby damnationdoormat » Wed Nov 26, 2008 1:14 am

The HD-A3 does a poor job handling interlaced SD-DVD material.
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Re: Combing present on animated DVDs.

Postby Alien Redrum » Wed Nov 26, 2008 4:38 am

It's no Panasonic VCR, that's for sure.
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Re: Combing present on animated DVDs.

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Re: Combing present on animated DVDs.

Postby Neon Maniac » Wed Nov 26, 2008 5:13 am

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Re: Combing present on animated DVDs.

Postby damnationdoormat » Thu Nov 27, 2008 1:34 am

Alien Redrum wrote:It's no Panasonic VCR, that's for sure.

I don't own a fucking Panasonic VCR you fucking midget. :mad:
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Re: Combing present on animated DVDs.

Postby The Hitman » Sun Nov 30, 2008 8:24 am

damnationdoormat wrote:
Alien Redrum wrote:It's no Panasonic VCR, that's for sure.

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Re: Combing present on animated DVDs.

Postby damnationdoormat » Sun Nov 30, 2008 10:32 pm

The Hitman wrote:
damnationdoormat wrote:
Alien Redrum wrote:It's no Panasonic VCR, that's for sure.

I don't own a fucking Panasonic VCR you fucking midget. :mad:


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