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REVIEW: Samsung LE-52F96BD Part 11

The F96 model has an inter-frame calculation solution called Cinema Plus. The difference to 100 Hz, such as Samsung’s F86 models offer it, is that Cinema Plus is only designed for film material, whilst the 100 Hz implementation in F86 TVs can be configured more flexibly. With inter-frame calculators such as Cinema Plus, although moving pictures are better played back, other less pleasant effects such as artefacts arise.

The advantages and disadvantages of 100 and 120Hz technology for improving moving pictures as they are often used by high-quality LCD TVs can be debated. We believe that this represents more of a technical game, since when the images played back are played back in the current resolution, the image impression is perfect or it appears as it did when being recorded.

Scene from the anime "Appleseed the Movie" (16:9 format), played on Philips DVP5980 via SCART.

We find the "24p" mode which is supported by the Samsung LE-52F96BD much more important. At 24p, 24 full frames are displayed per second (24 Hz). This is an important standard, since high-resolution film material such as that used for Blu-ray and HD-DVD can be played back without being converted to the original speed by the TV.

Scene from the anime "Gun X Sword" (16:9-NTSC- format), played on Philips DVP5980 via HDMI.

The F96 also comes with "Movie Plus", Samsung’s solution for inter-frame calculation for playing back film material. Interestingly, it is only when this function is activated that correct film mode deinterlacing for 3:2 and 2:2 signals is achieved. Without Movie Plus, the deinterlacer on the Samsung model unfortunately stays in video mode, which has a negative effect that is especially visible in fine horizontal structures and also causes loss of resolution in moving pictures. However, activating Movie Plus causes the typical film look to be lost, i.e. films look more like TV soap operas. Unfortunately in our opinion, this outweighs rather than balances the advantage of more fluid motion and correct film mode deinterlacing.

Unfortunately, this is at the cost of image quality, since the images interpolated by the TV do not match the quality of the film material. Fortunately, it is possible to choose whether Movie Plus should be activated or not in the menu of the LE-52F96BD. You can find further information on the topic of frame rate in our report "Perfect Picture Enjoyment: It All Depends on the Frame Rate!"

Deinterlacing test on the Samsung LE-52F96BD (3:2 pulldown).

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