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Playing Blu-ray Movies (non-3D) on a 120Hz 3D-ready LCD Monitor

May 17th, 2010 · 8 Comments · Other S3D Tech


Ok, so you’ve got yourself a new 3D-capable 120Hz monitor for playing back games and videos in stereo 3D mode, but then you also decide to take advantage of that higher refresh rate even when playing back non 3D videos like Blu-ray Movies. You set your display to 120Hz and try to run the Bly-ray movie and then something is not right and the reason for that is the HDCP protection that is being used with the Blu-ray video. But why it is not working when your new 120Hz monitor does say HDCP compliant? There is one interesting catch that nobody is focusing on and that is the fact that your new 120Hz monitor is indeed HDCP compliant, but only when used at 60Hz refresh rate. So in order to playback the Blu-ray Movie you need to lower the refresh rate to 60Hz and that may introduce some jitter as the 24p video is being played back on 60Hz, but when being played back with 120Hz the jitter should be gone. However the HDCP (High-bandwidth Digital Content Protection) is preventing you from doing that as currently there are no 120Hz monitors that are HDCP compliant in 120Hz you’ll have to either go for the not so good 60Hz mode or find an alternative solution. And one such alternative is the SlySoft AnyDVD HD software, a commercial application that allows you to go over some of the annoying limitations that you get when you don’t want to be a “pirate”…



One of the best features related to the issue above that comes with the AnyDVD software is that it allows you to watch movies over a digital display connection, without HDCP-compliant graphics card and without HDCP-compliant display. Or even if you have such compliant hardware, like in the case of the 120Hz monitors, you’ll be able to actually use the higher 120Hz refresh rate and not stick with the HDCP compliant 60Hz mode only. And the best thing about the application is that is removes the HDCP dependence in real-time, the program runs in the background and you are able to play the Blu-ray movie with your favorite Blu-ray video player at 120Hz. There is no need to rip the Blu-ray movie, reencode something or do something that is time consuming or hard to make by a novice user. But of course the AnyDVD HD software comes with additional features that can remove some of the other annoying constraints you may have in a Blu-ray movie disc and not only on Blu-ray, but also with HD DVD or even DVD Video discs. so you can say that AnyDVD HD is a must have software utility for just about any serious home theater enthusiast, not only for those interested in stereo 3D and having a 120Hz monitor.

AnyDVD HD comes with a 21 days of free trial, so you can first test the application and see if it works for you and does what you need and then you can purchase it if you wish or just uninstall it if you don’t like it. The price for 1 year license key for the AnyDVD HD software is 63 EUR if you live in Europe or about 79 USD if you are in USA, and for the rest of the world you just convert the currency into your local one based on the exchange course to get an idea how much it will cost you. The 1 year license key does not mean that after one year you’ll have to stop using the application, it means that you’ll get technical support and free updates for that period in time, but the software will still be usable even after your subscription period expires. However you should first try the trial, the only limitation you get during the trial period is that the custom settings are not being saved and you need to set them again each time you start the application, other than that it is fully functional.

- To download the latest AnyDVD HD with 21 days trial period to test it…
- For more information about the features of the SlySoft AnyDVD HD software…


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8 responses so far ↓

  • 1 Chris K // May 17, 2010 at 18:23

    Good read, lets hope that the new monitors support hdcp at 120hz :)

  • 2 StarKnight // May 17, 2010 at 19:55

    Does this also mean that when PowerDVD 10 and other software players will be compatible with Blu-Ray 3D nobody will be able to use them with Nvidia 3D Vision (like they said) without waiting for and buying another 120Hz monitor with DHCP enabled at that refresh rate (which is required for 3D content) ? :-oooo

    If it is so I’m really thinking about piracy and illegal workaround like that of “SlySoft AnyDVD HD” to get rid of those copy protection bullshits !

  • 3 Bloody // May 17, 2010 at 21:38

    I suppose that they’ve found out some sort of a workaround within the Blu-ray 3D capable software video players that we are still waiting for. All the major makers of such products should have 3D Vision support, but none of them made the Blu-ray 3D support available in their software, so it is still early to comment on that. I’m not sure if AnyDVD HD will also work with Blu-ray 3D media, but if it is not working at first, I’m sure it will soon be updated…

    BTW AnyDVD is not an illegal software (unless specific country laws deem what it does as illegal), however it may be used for illegal purposes by some people. Using AnyDVD should not make you “a pirate” if you use it for example to play original Blu-ray movies you own or rented with a 120Hz refresh rate going around the HDCP protection. However if you decide to make a copy of the movie and start distributing it over the internet this most likely will be considered illegal (check your local laws)!

  • 4 StarKnight // May 17, 2010 at 23:57

    Unfortunately in many countries bypassing copy protection systems, even on legally owned media, is considered illegal… so it is SlySoft’s software. But if this will be the only way to play the movies that you have bought with the software that you have bought and the monitor that you have (already) bought… that’s ok !

  • 5 ReMichael // May 17, 2010 at 23:58

    Please note that bypassing copy protection is also illegal in many countries. (that’s what AnyDVD does)
    It’s quite interesting that people got sued just because they had a link to SlySoft:
    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/AnyDVD#Legal_issues
    In Germany we have a policy that bypassing *effective* copy-protection is illegal, even if you just use it for personal reasons.
    It’s even not clear, if DeCSS (a method to bypass Content-Scrambling System to play DVDs) is legal in Germany (don’t know about other regions) although it’s part of VLC media player.

    I don’t provide any warranty that this information is correct ;).

  • 6 Bloody // May 18, 2010 at 00:13

    Technically HDCP can also be considered a copy protection technique, since it does not allow you to intercept and record the video signal coming out of the PC (non HDCP compliant hardware). And although nobody is talking about copying or even backuping a Blu-ray movie here, but just being able to watch it with 120Hz refresh rate you should be Ok. Just in case however you should check the laws regarding the use of the software in your country, just to be sure that you will not have problems…

  • 7 Chris K // May 18, 2010 at 18:43

    Its a shame that the people who actually buy movies get bit in the ass by the drm and content protection bs, if i download a 1080p rip of a movie and play it at 120hz, it will work no problem, but if i go out and buy the blu ray and want to enjoy it at 120hz, i cant without buying anydvd…

  • 8 3D Blu Ray Movies // Mar 14, 2011 at 08:34

    @StarKnight
    Not in my country :) so im def gonna use it

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