Sony has announced that the follow up to its Digital Reality Creation Multi Function technology (DRC-MF), to be imaginatively called DRC-MFv2.
The original version of Sony’s DRC technology has been used in many of its TV and projectors and is designed to improve image quality. It did this by doubling the horizontal and vertical resolution of standard definition TV from 625 vertical lines to 1,250 and in the horizontal place from 720 lines to 1,440.
This technique uses interpolation to ‘guess’ the filled-in information and so doesn’t rival genuine high-definition TV. Sony’s system has also been put in the shade from more recent competition such as Philips’s Pixel-Plus system.
The new DRC-MFv2 standard can not only upscale standard TV to full the full HD resolution of 1,920 x 1,080, but Sony also claims it will even improve the picture quality of genuine HD sources. Sony claims that that through the use of unique algorithms, DRC-MFv2 can add a sense of texture and depth to images.
The technology should also enable you to zoom in on a part of an image up to three times without any loss of quality.
We look forward to seeing if DRC-MFv2 is as good as Sony claims but with no high definition TV easily available in the UK until 2006 we’ll have to wait till then to see the technology in full effect.