Optoma MovieTime DV10
Optoma MovieTime DV10 Menus
Well Done. They are nicely laid out, and easy to understand. Most notable are those 6 pre-defined image modes on the Image 1 menu: Cinema, sRGB, Vivid (hit that one for those sports with some lights on), ImageAI (good for movies, but better for regular HDTV I thought), Game (that cranks out the colors, but is not particularly natural – not suitable for movies and good flesh tones in general, and lastly the User Savable setting. The Image 1 menu also has the usual Projector Brightness, Contrast, Color (saturation), Tint, and Sharpness settings.
The DV10’s Image 2 Menu offers some of the more sophisticated controls, including the White Peaking (controls the tendency of near whites to end up “blown out” and appearing full white – thus reducing detail). The Degamma control lets you lighten up the middle brightness values, without affecting the extremely dark and extremely light areas.
The True Vivid setting gives you independend control of both brightness and contrast, each separate for Red, Green and Blue. The toggle for Image AI is also there, along with the Reset control. You will note that the default settings for these will vary depending on which Image mode you select (Cinema, Vivid, ImageAI, etc.)
There is (not shown) a lamp settings menu, which tracks your lamp usage and allows you to reset, and also to switch the projector into Economy mode, which dims the lamp and extends lamp life.
The last menu shown (there are two others) is the Display Menu, which let’s you change the aspect ratio, digital zoom, keystone correction, and other general display items.
Of particular note is the Image Shift feature (also found on Optoma’s H27 projector). This is a very nice feature that, when watching DVD’s, can be very handy, in terms of placing the projector, and screen location. Since with any 16:9 home theater projector, you fill the screen with HDTV, but the vast majority of DVD’s still give you a letter box (black area) at the top and bottom of the screen, since the movie shape is wider than HDTV – 2.35:1 instead of 1.78:1 (1.78 is screen width divided by screen height 16 divided by 9). With Image Shift, you can move the used portion of the DVD, up or down, instead of the black bars at top and bottom, you could move the image down even with the bottom of the screen (or up with the top of the screen). I like this feature. And have used it previously to watch movies when I evaluated the Optoma H27. (I should have shown some images showing its use to make its operation more obvious, but didn’t think of it when shooting, my apologies.)
The Optoma MovieTime DV10 Home Cinema Projector's Remote Control
For a change, I’m going to go into a bit less detail – only because there are so many features, due to the all-in-one aspect of this projector.
The MovieTime’s remote control is NOT backlit, and that’s a shame.
On the bright side, however, the layout is so well done, that by the time I had been using it for two days, I was able to find almost every feature of interest, on the remote control, without even looking at it. The layout is logical, and the button shapes are different separating types of features. I have a remote for my Marantz THX receiver, and after a year of using it, I still have to turn on its backlite to figure out where some things are, and it has about the same number of buttons!
OK, from the top. A nice big power button, in the center. Use it once and you know where it is. Press once for on, twice for off! Immediately below, four wide buttons, Format (aspect ratio) and Source (toggle between DVD, computer/cable/satellite, S-video, etc.), are also obvious. Right below that is the Menu button (right) and the Enter button for the Menus, on the left.
Now Optoma chooses to have four buttons with large arrows on them for controlling the menus. It didn’t take long to memorize the fact that the two on the left were down and up, and the two on the right, left and right.
Below that, the the main cursor control (four arrows) and center Enter button.
Back to round buttons for Setup and for the DVD’s menu (use those cursor controls above). Keystone and Volume are verticals, with Display, Subtitle and Auto sync in between.
The rest of the buttons including a numeric pad, are primarily for the DVD player, and you’ll find about everything you could need. two rows of round buttons below the keypad, have all your standard mechanical controls for the DVD – play/pause, fast foward, chapter skip, stop, etc. And lastly, slow motion, goto (jump to a track – and remember that could be CD or DVD), repeat, and return.
Again, I can’t say enough about how quickly I was able to fully control the system in the dark. Really Well done. Lacking the light is still a negative (Occasional users might get frustrated without it, but overall, its a good remote.
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