- Put a game in the unit.
- Start the game.
- Switch the orientation of the Xbox 360 (from vertical to horizontal or vice versa).
- Note extremely loud buzz saw noise.
I watched a couple of movies on my Xbox 360 this weekend. I noticed some motion artifacts that do not show up on my Sony DVD player. For example, the credits at the end of a movie seem to jerk slightly every second or so. I watched the credits with my Sony DVD player and I did not see any issues. My guess is that the Xbox 360 is taking an interlaced signal and converting it into progressive. This might work better if I had an HDTV, but I don’t.
I’ll try this again when I eventually get an HDTV, but until then I won’t be using my Xbox 360 for watching movies.
I have been looking into buying an HDTV for a while now. I have narrowed down my search for the “perfect HDTV” to a few features:
The native resolution is the fixed resolution of the display device. For example, this Sony LCD has a native resolution of 1280×768. So everything that is shown on this TV must be converted to 1280×768. Both of the main HDTV formats (1920×1080 and 1280×720) must be converted to fit into 1280×768.
If the native resolution is less than the format you want to watch, then you will lose detail. In the example above, a video in 1920×1080 format will have to throw away a bunch of pixels to fit into 1280×768.
So I don’t have to worry about throwing away details, my HDTV will have a native resolution of 1920×1080.
There are several display technologies to choose from. Each has its pluses and minuses.
At one point, I was set on getting DLP. However, the color wheel used to break light into red, green, and blue has two nasty side effects: the Rainbow Effect (RBE) and noise. You can see the RBE especially when you have a high contrast video (like white text on a black background). To really bring out the effect, blink your eyes while turning your head side to side. You will see rainbow colors, even when the video is showing only black and white. I am tired of all the fan noise from electronics, so I do not want a TV that contributes more noise. So I decided against getting a DLP.
Samsung only plans on building one LED-based DLP set this year. It is a 56 inch 1080p set with a price tag of $4,199. It also has two 1080p inputs. It should be out in April. I will be watching this one closely!
I don’t like LCD for a few reasons:
If I had to buy a TV today, I’d probably get one using Sony’s version of LCoS, called SXRD. I have heard very few negatives regarding LCoS. It has gotten very good reviews (here and here). My biggest issue with this current generation of SXRD is that they do not support 1080p signals. However, the next generation previewed at CES this year will. The new features planned for the 2nd generation SXRD’s:
A poster to a forum claims there are 3 new versions of the SXRD for 2006, 50″, 55″, and 60″…
KDS50XBR2000 (August 2006) MSRP $2999.99
KDS55XBR2000 (July 2006) MSRP $3599.99
KDS60XBR2000 (August 2006) MSRP $3999.99
I still have to wait for the LED DLP and the 2nd generation SXRD to come out and be reviewed before I can pick. But with what I know now, my HDTV will either be DLP or LCoS (SXRD).
Most HDTV’s will have input’s that will accept 720p and 1080i. Most current HDTV’s DO NOT support 1080p. Currently there is not much 1080p source material…but it is coming. Both HD-DVD and Blu-Ray store all of their information in 1080p. So if you want to see the best picture possible from these next generation DVD’s, you will need a set that supports 1080p.
My HDTV will support 1080p
This is a really difficult topic. It would be really easy if all the content on TV was in 1920×1080p…just get the biggest TV you can. However, getting a huge set will make standard definition (SD, regular television) look terrible. I read an article about this today that has some nice charts comparing screen size to distance from a set for various types of content.
Another way of gauging the size of a screen is based on the field of view (FOV). If you want to get a true movie going experience, then you want to have the same FOV that a movie screen has. SMPTE (Society of Motion Picture and Television Engineers) recommends a 30 degree FOV for movie theaters. For a movie theater to get THX certification, it must have a 36 degree FOV. This webpage has a nice calculator that will tell you what your FOV is given your TV size and the viewing distance.
Since I want SD and HD content to look good, and I will sit about 9 feet from my screen, I want a screen size around 50 to 55 inches.
The next generation DVD formats should arrive soon. It is quite possible (especially with older HDTV’s) that HD-DVD/Blu-ray will not work correctly without the proper copy protection circuitry. I will wait until these new formats are finalized and tested with HDTV’s to verify they work. My HDTV will support both HD DVD and Blu-ray.
I am stuck in a lab without internet access waiting for my software to build. Thought I would see if I can write a blog entry while I am waiting.
Looks like it worked! Cool!
I’ve spent the weekend transfering my old web pages to my new blog. So now I’m going to make http://www.davidlenihan.com/ point to my blog, blog.davidlenihan.com. What a pain! But I’m glad I’m done and now I will hopefully be more likely to add more content. Now I can go watch the Super Bowl!
With the DirectX Extensions for Maya, you can export the .X file format, use .FX files for materials, and open a Direct3D viewer inside of Maya.
If you use Alias’s Maya, then you have probably run into this. When you open a tool or another window, the focus leaves your 3D view. When you try to render a view, you get this annoying message…
Please select the view you want to render
I put together a web page that explains how to tell Maya to use the last view you had selected for rendering and get rid of this annoying dialog box.
I got a thank you from a Maya modeler that has had the annoying problem for a long time. I wondered how he found my website. I did a search on Google. I found that Google has indexed my website. If you do a search on the above dialog box message, you will find that I am one of the top links on Google!
Blog’s are all the rage these days. Blog stands for Weblog, which is essentially a diary. The main advantage of a blog is that it is REALLY easy to update. I hope that means I will be more likely to add content to my website.
So I’m going to throw away my old “davidlenihan.com” web page and replace it with this blog. First I’m going to add all my old content to the blog and then (hopefully) I’ll be better about adding new stuff.
I’m using the blog software from the people that are hosting my website (Hostway). If you are interested in starting your own blog, check out MySpace, Yahoo! 360, or MSN Spaces. They all are free and should be easy to setup.
I got my Xbox 360 last night. Very cool. I’m anxious to play online against my friends…so add me to your friend list…I’m RGBA . The graphic to the right is my “gamer card.” It is updated in real time. My profile name is “RGBA.” The “Rep” is my reputation. You start with 3 stars and gain stars when people want to play with you. When people avoid playing with you, your Rep goes down. The G is for “Gamer score.” Every game has tasks you can complete that add to your Gamer score. Zone is what type of player I am (Recreation = just for fun, not super competitive). The bottom shows the last 5 games I’ve played.
I used this website to find out who had Xbox 360’s available. I wanted an Xbox 360 standard system (the one with a hard drive). Many of the bundles include lots of games and books that I didn’t care about. I found that Dell had a bundle that was pretty close to what I wanted, for $680 (no mark up on price). Their bundle included:
I found I needed a few more things to get my setup just right, so I ran to Best Buy to get:
I ordered from dell.com on Monday and it arrived on Thursday using their free shipping option…not bad!