Panasonic Viera TX-P42G10B review
Panasonic's 42in Viera TX-P42G10B is great value for a full HD plasma TV. There are plenty of cheaper plasma TVs out there, but they usually have just a 1,024x768 resolution. Compared with most LCD-based HD TVs, plasma screens have much better contrast, which means blacks are truly black and not just dark grey.
The Viera's design is a little plain, but it's what you see when you switch it on that counts, and here it doesn't disappoint. For a start, it has a built-in Freesat tuner, which means you can enjoy free HD programming from the BBC and ITV. There isn't a huge amount of content, but it includes the best of the BBC's programming.
Whether you're watching Freesat, Freeview or a Blu-ray movie, image quality is excellent. Contrast is stunning - we saw deep blacks and bright whites when viewing our test video. Thanks to the 600Hz refresh rate and Intelligent Frame Creation, which generates intermediate frames between those in the source video, motion is also smooth.
Colours are natural, with flesh tones, grass, trees, flowers and skies looking immensely realistic. Viewing angles are extremely wide, with no loss of colour saturation even at 170°. There's a choice of normal, vivid and game modes, but you can also tweak the individual quality settings to your liking. We noticed no input lag in game mode, so the TX-P42G10B is a fine choice for plugging in a games console.
There's a wide brightness range, so the image is easy to see in the brightest conditions, but you can also lower it at night, reducing power consumption by around half at the minimum setting.
If there's one criticism, it's that the Viera doesn't upscale Freeview broadcasts very well. This is due to a lack of aggressive processing, which makes HD video look great, but standard definition material (such as the BBC News ticker) looks soft.
Most people will be happy with three HDMI ports, although most HD TVs now have four. It's handy that one of these is on the side of the TV along with an SD card slot. Plug in a memory card and you can view a slideshow, listen to MP3s or watch AVCHD videos. We also like the EPG, which shows seven channels at once and makes navigating between days easy.
There's an Ethernet port, but this TV doesn't support Panasonic's Viera Cast web portal. Instead, it's for Freesat services, which will soon include the BBC's iPlayer.
The TX-P42G10B is a superb choice. With excellent image quality, great sound and built-in Freesat and Freeview tuners, plus the promise of the BBC iPlayer, it wins a Best Buy award.
How to Convert Video Files on Mac/Windows
Nowadays, people can enjoy videos in different ways, such as youtube.com and other online video websites, iPod/Zune and other portable players, and also play video on computer, and you can also make you own videos with windows movie make or iMovie for Mac users. So how to convert videos between different video formats is a big problem for both windows and Mac users. Today I will share you guys two powerful video converter for Mac and Windows users.
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or-mac.html]video converter for mac[/url][/b] is really nice.
Let's use it to convert a video for Example
[b]Step 1: Add File[/b]
Click “Add File” button to load the video you want to converter
[b]Step 2: Choose profile and adjust settings[/b]
You can find your output video format from a drop-list called “Profile”
You can also adjust the specific settings of the output video, such as “Resolution”, “Bitrate”, “Encoder” and so on.
[b]Step 3: Edit Video[/b]
You can adjust the “Brightness”, “Contrast”, “Saturation” and “Volume”
You are allowed to pick up any part of the video to convert.
To remove the black edges and choose a play area to convert.
[b]Step 4: Start Conversion[/b]
Click “Start” button to begin your conversion and you will get your video soon.
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rter.html]Total Video Converter[/url][/b].
[b]Step 1: Load Video[/b]
You can load your videos into the converter by clicking “Add File”
[b]Step 2: Choose output info[/b]
This converter provides you many output profiles for you to choose, you can choose your output profiles according to your need. And also you can just choose a certain video format.
You can also adjust the settings of your output profiles. You can even save a certain settings as your own output settings.
[b]Step 3: Conversion[/b]
Click “Start” button to begin your conversion and few mins later you can get your video.
[b]Tips:[/b] How to effect, trim and crop the video to improve your output video quality.
After your Load your video you can click “Effect” button to access the effect panel
Adjust the video effect as you want: Brightness, Contrast, Saturation and Deinterlacing.
Clip your video, pick up any part of your video to convert.
You have 3 ways to do trim:
1.Dragging the slider
2.Controlling the “Trim From” and “Trim To” button
3.Setting the Start and End time
Adjust video size, Cut off the black edge of your video to let you enjoy your movie in full screen by click the 'Crop' button
You have 2 ways to do crop:
1.Move your mouse cursor onto one of the eight small adjustment boxes on the cropping frame and drag the crop frame to crop the video such as cutting off top and bottom black bar. The cropped result will be shown on the Output Preview at the same time
2.Type the value directly or set the value in "Left", "Right" and "Cropped area size" area to set the position of the cropping frame.
You can also select the aspect ratio from the Zoom Mode drop-down list. There are 4 choices for you: Full Screen, 16:9, 4:3 and Keep Original.
By bingguo11 on 21 Dec 2009
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