Panasonic Makes Me Happy

When I reviewed the Panasonic DMP-BD30 Blu-ray player back in May this year, I wrote:

On PAL DVDs, you can set the deinterlacing mode via the ‘Display’ on-screen menu. Unfortunately, while some older Panasonic products had a ‘Film’ mode option, this one only allows a choice between ‘Video’ and ‘Auto’. The ‘Auto’ mode, happily, does not use the flag in the video but uses cadence detection to work out for itself the best deinterlacing mode. It gets it wrong on my more difficult test clips, but with most discs worked properly most of the time.

With the possible exception of Pioneer Kuro TVs, I have never found a circuit that works perfectly in Auto mode on my PAL DVD test clips. And I have checked HQV, Faroudja, Anchor Bay Technology, and stacks of proprietary systems. So I do like the ability to be able to force film mode.

Well, I’m looking at the Panasonic DMP-BD35 Blu-ray player right now, and there it is: a choice of ‘Auto’, ‘Film’ and ‘Video’. When I select ‘Film’, my test clips play back perfectly.

Thank you Mr Matsushita!

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