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Wierd video problem BD-P1600

by tscheckel / January 7, 2010 1:43 AM PST

Just setup my BD-P1600 and watched my first movie on it with some strange results. My setup is 720p Infocus projector and I use Component inputs. The movie was a standard DVD since I didn't have a BD yet (Terminator Salvation). The menus were displayed fine. The movie played fine, no stalls. The picture was OK, though it seemed distorted sometimes. Hard to explain, but it seemed that when the camera panned side to side the picture was clear in the center of the screen but on the edges it looked like you were viewing it through a magnifying glass. It was watchable, but distracting. The thing that really made me wonder about the player is when the movie credits rolled, they were completely garbled and non-readable. I tried adjusting the resolution to all the various settings from the player and nothing fixed it. Any ideas?

I'll have to check which firmware version I have when I get home, but after reading many other forum threads, I'm concerned with updating that too.

Any advice?
Thanks.

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Netflix or YouTube?
by dansbell / January 7, 2010 4:44 AM PST

I am curious with the setup you have described if you have tried watching Netflix or YouTube. I have experienced some oddities as well that are being discussed here:

http://forums.cnet.com/5208-13973_102-0.html?threadID=376453

What intrigued me is your description of how the video played. I have not had any problems regarding resolution when playing a DVD but we have experienced some reproducible problems when tying to watch YouTube or Netflix on the player.

What aspect ratio have you set the player to?

Dan

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Netflix or YouTube?
by tscheckel / January 7, 2010 5:07 AM PST
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Haven't tried Netflix or YouTube yet. My wireless adapter should be arriving any day and I'll let you know.

I've tried all the aspect ratios while looking for the best picture. The projector supports 16:9 and 4:3 so I can set it on both the player and the projector. In my limited testing so far, it seemed the 4:3 looked the best for some reason. But I need to recheck the settings.

Travis

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Netflix or YouTube?
by tscheckel / January 28, 2010 3:56 AM PST
In reply to: Netflix or YouTube?

The wireless network adapter is installed and works flawlessly. I haven't played with YouTube much, but I've streamed multiple movies from Netflix and it works great.

BTW, the picture issues I was seeing seem to be gone. Set both the player and projector to 16x9 1080i (highest supported by projector). Picture is great.

Afraid to update the firmware based on other posts stating problems.

Travis

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Netflix or YouTube?
by Samsung_HD_Tech Samsung staff / January 28, 2010 9:35 AM PST
In reply to: Netflix or YouTube?

tscheckel,

I was trying to figure out the magnifying glass affect you noted on both sides of the pictures. Was it possible that there is a stretch feature on the player when it detects a 4:3 DVD? Not all DVDs are widescreen, and if the player was trying to compensate for that in a 4x3 to 16x9 conversion, the sides would appear "stretched" while the middle maintained a normal picture.

I remember this phenomenon when the ticker bars on news channels would seem to be fast on the sides and slow in the middle as the words scrolled across, and this was due to the stretching of the picture.

Just in case the symptom comes back, that would insight I could offer as an avenue to explore.

I've updated my firmware via the CD method - and in various methods in the test office, and I haven't run into any problems. If for some reason you have a problem with an update, I'd be happy to see what I could do to assist if an upgrade is necessary.

--HDTech

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