Ranma 1/2 (R2)

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The R2 Ranma 1/2 I have is.. not quite up to expectation. This is most likely due to its age than anything else. The colors are good and there is no grain. However, it is extremely soft and the jittering is quite distracting. I captured a few screenshots for illustration. (Not the jittering, of course)

Category R2
Bitrate ~8.9 Mbps
Language tracks Japanese (Dolby Digital 2.0, 192 kbps)
Subtitles None
Others Interlaced (analog telecine); splice marks; jittering

Soft Vol 1, ep 1, 04:01
Interlaced Vol 1, ep 1, 05:06 This is captured in forced-weave mode.
Splice marks after scene transition Vol 1, ep 1, 07:39 This shows up as a flash. Sometimes it is at the bottom of the frame. In addition, the few frames around a scene transition jitter more than usual.
Field blending Vol 1, ep 1, 08:02 This can be seen easily when there is motion or panning. Two adjacent fields are blended to give smoother NTSC pulldown. We are not supposed to see this at 30 fps, but we can. Note: this is caused by the DVD player.
Sudden softness Vol 1, ep 1, 08:28 Some frames may suddenly become extremely soft, like a double image on the same frame. This is a special case of the previous problem and happens when the following conditions are met: static scene, jittering, two adjacent frames are blended for NTSC pulldown.

When watching at normal speed, it looks like the camera is misfocused from time to time.

Some edge enhancement Vol 1, ep 1, 09:55 Quite well done, actually.

These images are captured using PowerDVD 4.0. No hardware acceleration is used. Bob mode is used, as the video is encoded as interlaced. No resizing or sharpening is done. They are converted from BMP to JPEG (quality 9) using Photoshop 6.0.