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Video From the 3D Broadcast of the Masters 2010 Golf Tournament

April 8th, 2010 · 5 Comments · 3D Movies & Videos


If you’ve missed the first 2 hours of live 3D streaming coverage from the Masters 2010 Golf Tournament yesterday you can download the short video clip below to get an idea on what was shown yesterday from the event. The stream was running fine for most people from America, but for some of those from Europe and Asia even with fast connections there were some trouble in getting it in real-time, although the real bitrate of the video was about 3800 Kbps and with the audio it got to just about 4 Megabits in total. The format I expected was in Side by Side in 720p resolution, but instead of two full frames it was squashed 1280×720, so when opening in the 3D Vision Video Player you need to specifically select the 16:9 aspect ratio. Other than the lower resolution, the level of detail and sharpness of the image was not the best possible, considering that there was no very fast action going on in the video and the bitrate was actually quite enough to offer better quality video. More closeups are also needed as sometimes the cameras were giving too wide panoramic views instead of centering on the action and showing more detail on what is happening, but in overall it was not so bad for a first try.

So give a try of the video linked below and share your comments and don’t forget that there are going to be more live broadcasts during the next few days, and you can also watch replays in between the live coverage. You can catch the four Tournament rounds on Thursday, April 8th until Sunday, April 11th (4-6 pm EST on Thursday and Friday and 5-7 pm EST on Saturday and Sunday). So keep a watch, even if you are not a Golf fan…

The 3D video stream Url you need to open with your stereoscopic video player is the following:
mms://a370.l858334369.c8583.g.lm.akamaistream.net/D/370/8583/v0001/reflector:34369

To download the stereo 3D short Masters Golf video 1 (2 min)mirror 1mirror 2
To download the stereo 3D short Masters Golf video 2 (2 min)mirror 1mirror 2
To download the stereo 3D short Masters Golf video 3 (2 min)mirror 1mirror 2


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5 responses so far ↓

  • 1 Jeff // Apr 10, 2010 at 06:00

    My broadband is 16Mbit and tests out (consistently) to over 19, but I have no joy trying to watch this. When it works, it’s amazing, but most often it just buffers and stutters and eventually locks. I have a very fast (new) computer and an awesome 3D setup, but for whatever reason, I can’t do it. I can only imagine that they don’t have the bandwidth to send me the signal correctly.

  • 2 Zerofool // Apr 11, 2010 at 14:28

    Bloody, I appreciate your effort, and I’m grateful for the captured clips. I just have a friendly suggestion, that would increase image quality.
    First step is to capture the stream using VLC player for example (you probably already did that).
    Second – trim/cut/split the asf file we got from the first step with tools like:
    http://www.solveigmm.com/?Products&id=VideoSplitter#Download
    or
    http://www.boilsoft.com/videosplitter/download.html

    And there you go – you have a part of the original stream, instead of clips re-compressed in XviD. That way people could evaluate the quality of the real stream ;). Anyway, I hope this info would be of some use.

  • 3 Bloody // Apr 12, 2010 at 10:14

    Do you think I would recompress the stream if I didn’t have to? The loss of quality in the clips above compared to the live stream is so minimal that you probably can’t catch is without doing a frame by frame comparison is a video editing software, so don’t worry about the quality.

  • 4 Andrew // Jun 5, 2010 at 01:05

    Guys,

    I recently purchased a 3D capable tv but I missed the masters live. I would like to download it and view it on a Samsung tv. Im not sure how to do this. Maybe you guys could help?

  • 5 Bloody // Jun 5, 2010 at 01:42

    You can download the recorded short videos from the broadcast from above, then you’ll need the Stereoscopic Player to play them with a Side by Side output selected. Then you connect the TV to the PC normally, play the videos and turn on the 3D mode on the TV manually, because it will not recognize the 3D signal by itself. And you should be able to see it in 3D on the TV, it should work but I haven’t tried that myself yet…

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