OPPO Digital BDP-103 Blu-ray Disc Player - Video Performance

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OPPO Digital BDP-103 Blu-ray Disc Player - A Look At Video Performance

OPPO BDP-103 Review - HQV Benchmark DVD Video Quality Evaluation Test Disc - Test List
OPPO BDP-103 Review - HQV Benchmark DVD Video Quality Evaluation Test Disc - Test List. Photo © Robert Silva - Licensed to About.com

In order to test the video upscaling performance of the OPPO Digital BDP-103, I used the standardized HQV DVD Benchmark Test Disc originally obtained from Silicon Optix (IDT). The test disc has a series of test patterns and images that test how well a video processor in a Blu-ray Disc player, DVD player, TV/video projector, or Home Theater Receiver can perform the proper 480i/480p conversion progressive scan processing, and upscaling in order display a good quality image when faced with a low resolution or poor quality source.

The following tests were conducted with the OPPO BDP-103 Blu-ray Disc Player using both HDMI outputs connected alternately to Epson PowerLite Home Cinema 3020e Video Projector (on review loan) with 1080p native resolution. The OPPO Digital BDP-103 was set for 1080p output so that the test results reflected the video processing performance of the BDP-103. All tests were conducted using the BDP-103's factory default settings.

The test results shown in this gallery are taken from the BDP-103's HDMI 1 output, which utilizes the Marvell QDEO video processing, as measured by the Silicon Optix HQV DVD Benchmark Disc.

Note: All the test results shown reference 480i/480p or 1080i/1080p conversion and 1080p upscaling capability of the BDP-103. I was unable to verify the 4K upscaling capability of the BDP-103, as I did not have a 4K-capable TV or video projector, nor a 4K content test source onhand.

Screenshots in this gallery were obtained using a Sony DSC-R1 Digital Still Camera. Photos were taken at 10-megapixel resolution and resized for posting in this gallery.

After going through this Step-by-Step look at some sample tests, also check out my supplementary Photo Profile and Review of the OPPO Digital BDP-103 Blu-ray Disc Player.

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OPPO Digital BDP-103 - Deinterlacing/Upscaling Tests - Jaggies 1-1

OPPO Digital BDP-103 - Deinterlacing/Upscaling Tests - Jaggies 1-1
OPPO Digital BDP-103 - Deinterlacing/Upscaling Test Photo - Jaggies Example 1-1. Photo © Robert Silva - Licensed to About.com

Pictured on this page is the first of several tests illustrated that are designed to evaluate the deinterlacing/scaling performance of a video processor, such as the one included in the OPPO Digital BDP-103. This test is referred to as the Jaggies 1 test. This test employs a diagonal bar that moves in a 360-degree motion. In order to pass this test, the rotating bar needs to be straight, or show minimal wrinkling or jaggedness, as it passes red, yellow, and green zones of the circle. As you can see, as shown in this photo, the rotating lines is very smooth as it passes through the yellow zone and enters the green zone. The OPPO BDP-103 passes this portion of the test.

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OPPO Digital BDP-103 - Deinterlacing/Upscaling Tests - Jaggies 1-2

OPPO Digital BDP-103 - Deinterlacing/Upscaling Tests - Jaggies 1-2
OPPO Digital BDP-103 - Deinterlacing/Upscaling Test Photo - Jaggies Example 1-2. Photo © Robert Silva - Licensed to About.com

Shown above is a second look at the Jaggies 1 test. In order to pass this test, the rotating bar needs to be straight, or show minimal wrinkling or jaggedness, as it passes red, yellow, and green zones of the circle. As you can see, as shown in this photo, the rotating bar is smooth as it moves through the green zone. The OPPO BDP-103 passes this portion of the test.

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OPPO Digital BDP-103 - Deinterlacing/Upscaling Tests - Jaggies 1-3

OPPO Digital BDP-103 - Deinterlacing/Upscaling Tests - Jaggies 1-3
OPPO Digital BDP-103 - Deinterlacing/Upscaling Test Photo - Jaggies Example 1-3. Photo © Robert Silva - Licensed to About.com

Shown on this page is a close-up view of the Jaggies 1 test also illustrated in the previous two examples. As you can see, as shown in this more close-up photo, the rotating bar is smooth, with only very slight roughness along the edges. This means that the OPPO BDP-103 passes this test. NOTE: Blurriness due to camera shutter speed, not the BDP-103.

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OPPO Digital BDP-103 - Deinterlacing/Upscaling Tests - Jaggies 2-1

OPPO Digital BDP-103 - Deinterlacing/Upscaling Tests - Jaggies 2-1
OPPO Digital BDP-103 - Deinterlacing/Upscaling Test Photo - Jaggies Example 2-1. Photo © Robert Silva - Licensed to About.com

Here is another test that measures deinterlacing capability (480i/480p conversion). This test if referred to as the Jaggies 2 test and consists of three bars moving and down in rapid motion. In order to pass this test, at least one of the lines needs to be straight. If two lines are straight that would be considered better, and if three lines were straight, the results would be considered excellent.

As you can see, all three bars are smooth. This means that the OPPO BDP-103 passes this deinterlacing test. However, let's take a closer look.

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OPPO Digital BDP-103 - Deinterlacing/Upscaling Tests - Jaggies 2 Close-Up

OPPO Digital BDP-103 - Deinterlacing/Upscaling Tests - Jaggies 2 Close-Up
OPPO Digital BDP-103 - Deinterlacing/Upscaling Test Photo - Jaggies Example 2-2. Photo © Robert Silva - Licensed to About.com

Here is another, more close-up, look at the Jaggies 2 test also illustrated in the previous photo. This test consists of three bars moving and down in rapid motion. In order to pass this test, at least one of the bars needs to be straight. If two lines are straight that would be considered better, and if three lines were straight, the results would be considered excellent.

As you can see, none of the lines are not jagged and the bottom line is only slightly bent at the ends. This means that the OPPO BDP-103 passes this test.

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OPPO Digital BDP-103 - Deinterlacing and Upscaling Tests - Flag Test 1

OPPO Digital BDP-103 - Deinterlacing and Upscaling Tests - Flag Test 1
OPPO Digital BDP-103 - Deinterlacing/Upscaling Test Photo - Flag Test 1. Photo © Robert Silva - Licensed to About.com

A waving flag is a great way to test video performance. The U.S. flag with red, white, and blue colors, in combination with stars and stripes, presents a video processing challenge. If the flag is jagged, the 480i/480p conversion and upscaling is considered below average. As you can see here (even when you click for the larger view), the stripes of the flag are very smooth along the edges of the flag and within the stripes of the flag. The OPPO BDP-103 passes this test.

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OPPO Digital BDP-103 - Deinterlacing and Upscaling Tests - Flag Test 2

OPPO Digital BDP-103 - Deinterlacing and Upscaling Tests - Flag Test 2
OPPO Digital BDP-103 - Deinterlacing/Upscaling Test Photo - Flag Test 2. Photo © Robert Silva - Licensed to About.com

Here is a second look at the flag test. If the flag is jagged, the 480i/480p conversion and upscaling is ​considered below average. As you can see here (even when you click for the larger view), the stripes of the flag are very smooth along the edges of the flag and within the stripes of the flag. The OPPO BDP-103 passes this test.

Proceed to the next photo for a third, and last example of this test...

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OPPO Digital BDP-103 - Deinterlacing and Upscaling Tests - Flag Test 3

OPPO Digital BDP-103 - Deinterlacing and Upscaling Tests - Flag Test 3
OPPO Digital BDP-103 - Deinterlacing/Upscaling Test Photo - Flag Test 3. Photo © Robert Silva - Licensed to About.com

Here is a third look at the flag test. If the flag is jagged, the 480i/480p conversion and upscaling is ​considered below average. As you can see here (even when you click for the larger view), the stripes of the flag are very smooth along the edges of the flag and within the stripes of the flag. The OPPO BDP-103 passes this test.

Combining the three frame results of the Flag Waving Test, it is evident that the 480i/480p conversion and 1080p upscaling ability of the OPPO BDP-103 is excellent so far.

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OPPO Digital BDP-103 - Deinterlacing and Upscaling Tests - Race Car 1

OPPO Digital BDP-103 - Deinterlacing and Upscaling Tests - Race Car 1
OPPO Digital BDP-103 - Deinterlacing/Upscaling Test Photo - Race Car 1. Photo © Robert Silva - Licensed to About.com

Pictured on this page is one of the tests that shows how good the video processor of the OPPO BDP-103 is at detecting 3:2 source material. In other words, the video processor has to be able to detect whether the source material is film based (24 frames per second) or video based (30 frames a second) and display the source material correctly on the screen, so as to avoid artifacts.

In the case of the race car and grandstand shown in this photo, if the video processing this area is poor the grandstand would display a moire pattern on the seats. However, if the OPPO BDP-103 has good video processing in this area, the Moire Pattern will not be visible or only visible during the first five frames of the cut.

As shown in this photo, the moire pattern is not visible as the image pans and the race car goes by. This indicates good performance of the OPPO BDP-103 with regards to the accurate processing of film or video-based content containing detailed backgrounds and fast moving foreground objects.

For another sample of how this image should look, check out an example of this same test as performed by the OPPO Digital BDP-93 Blu-ray Disc Player from a previous review used for comparison.

For a sample of how this test should not look, check out an example of this same deinterlacing/upscaling test as performed by the Pioneer BFDP-95FD Blu-ray Disc Player, from a past product review.

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OPPO Digital BDP-103 - Deinterlacing and Upscaling Tests - Race Car 2

OPPO Digital BDP-103 - Deinterlacing and Upscaling Tests - Race Car 2
OPPO Digital BDP-103 - Deinterlacing/Upscaling Test Photo - Race Car 2. Photo © Robert Silva - Licensed to About.com

Here is a second photo of the "Race Car Test" that shows how good the upscaling DVD player section of the OPPO BDP-103 is at detecting 3:2 source material.

As shown in this photo, the moire pattern is not visible as the image pans and the race car goes by. As in the previous example, the OPPO BDP-103 passes this test.

For another sample of how this image should look, check out the results of this same test as performed by the OPPO Digital BDP-93 Blu-ray Disc Player from a previous review for comparison.

For a sample of how this test should not look, check out an example of this same deinterlacing/upscaling test as performed by the Pioneer BFDP-95FD Blu-ray Disc Player, from a past product review.

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OPPO Digital BDP-103 - Deinterlacing and Upscaling Tests - Titles

OPPO Digital BDP-103 - Deinterlacing and Upscaling Tests - Titles
OPPO Digital BDP-103 - Deinterlacing/Upscaling Test Photo - Titles. Photo © Robert Silva - Licensed to About.com

Shown on this page is a test the evaluates how well a video processor can detect the difference between video and film-based sources at the same time. The reason this is important is that often, video titles (moving at 30 frames per second) are laid over​ film (which is moving at 24 frames per second). This can cause problems as the combination of both these elements can result in artifacts that make the titles look jagged or broken. However, in this case, if the OPPO BDP-103 can detect the differences between the titles and the rest of the image, the titles should appear smooth.

As you can see in the example shown above, the letters are smooth (the blurriness is due to the camera's shutter) and shows that the OPPO BDP-103 detects and shows a very stable scrolling title image.

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OPPO Digital BDP-103 - High Definition Resolution Loss Test

OPPO Digital BDP-103 - High Definition Resolution Loss Test
OPPO Digital BDP-103 - Photo of High Definition Resolution Loss Test - Example 1. Photo © Robert Silva - Licensed to About.com

In this test, the image has been recorded in 1080i, which the Blu-ray Disc player needs to reprocess as 1080p. An additional challenge is also whether the processor is able to distinguish between the still and moving parts of the image. If the processor does its job properly, the moving bar will be smooth and all of the lines in the still part of the image will be visible at all times.

However, to make the test more difficult, the squares on each corner are composed of white lines on odd frames and black lines on even frames. If the blocks continuously show still lines the processor is doing a complete job at reproducing all of the resolution of the original image. However, if the square blocks are seen to vibrate or strobe alternately in black (see example) and white (see example), then the video processor is not processing the full resolution of the entire image.

As you can see in the photo example shown above, the squares in the corners are displaying still lines. This means that these squares are being displayed properly as they are not showing a solid white or black square, but a square filled with alternating lines. In addition, the rotating bar appears smooth.

The results indicate that the BDP-103 does a very good job of resolving 1080i to 1080p.

Proceed to the last photo of the results...

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OPPO Digital BDP-103 - High Definition Resolution Loss Test Bar CU

OPPO Digital BDP-103 - High Definition Resolution Loss Test Bar CU
OPPO Digital BDP-103 - Photo of High Definition Resolution Loss Test - Example 2 Close-Up. Photo © Robert Silva - Licensed to About.com

Here is a close-up look at the rotating line in the test as discussed in the previous page. The image has been recorded in 1080i, which the Blu-ray Disc player needs to reprocess as 1080p. The problem faced is the ability of the processor to distinguish between the still and moving parts of the image. If the processor does its job properly, the moving bar will be smooth.

As you can see in this close-up photo of the rotating bar, it is smooth (blurriness caused by camera shutter).

The lack of jaggedness in the rotating line indicates that the BDP-103 does well with 1080i to 1080p still image conversion, and also 1080i images to 1080p when objects are in motion.

Final Note

Here is a summary of the additional tests performed that are not shown in the previous photo examples:

Color Bars: PASS - Good color and grayscale, very stable patterns - not shimmering or vibration.

Detail (resolution enhancement): PASS

Noise Reduction: PASS

Mosquito Noise (the "buzzing" that can appear around objects): Pass

Motion Adaptive Noise Reduction (noise and ghosting that can follow rapidly moving objects): PASS

Assorted Cadences:

2-2 PASS

2-2-2-4 PASS

2-3-3-2 PASS

3-2-3-2-2 PASS

5-5 PASS

6-4 PASS

8-7 PASS

3:2 (Progressive Scan) - Pass

Based on the test results, the OPPO Digital BDP-103, with regards to video processing and upscaling of standard definition DVD (which can also apply to internet and network streamed video content - minus any artifacts generated as a result of slow internet speeds), as well as deinterlacing 1080i content to 1080p, that can match a native 1080p video display.

For additional perspective on the OPPO BDP-103 Blu-ray Disc player, plus a close-up photo look at its features and connection offerings, check out my Review and Photo Profile.

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