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PowerDVD 10 Mark-II Update is Coming Soon with Blu-ray 3D Support

June 28th, 2010 · 24 Comments · Other S3D Tech


Cyberlink is going to have the promised Mark-II Update for their PowerDVD 10 software in a few days, at the beginning of July and it is even possible for it to be available as soon as 6st of July. The main focus of the PowerDVD10 Mark-II update is to bring support for playing Blu-ray 3D movies on your computer using 3D Vision or another of the supported viewing methods. The Mark II update will be free for the owners of the PowerDVD 10 Ultra version of the player software as this is the version of PowerDVD that is targeted for users willing to play 3D content from their computer. The PowerDVD 10 also comes with function for converting 2D video to 3D, of course with an end result not as good as with video shot in stereo 3D, but it can still be useful considering the current general lack of video content in 3D. And PowerDVD will also be able to play other 3D video files in Side-by-Side or Above/Under formats pretty soon, but that functionality will come a bit later with another update, so meanwhile you can stick to the 3D Vision Video Player for playing back 3D videos other than Blu-ray 3D movies.



I was able to test the upcoming Blu-ray 3D video playback functionality thanks to CyberLink providing me with a PowerDVD Blu-ray 3D preview version for evaluation, and I can say that it works just great with playing back MVC encoded 3D videos and Blu-ray 3D content. I was able to try the Blu-ray 3D playback using 3D Vision on Samsung 2233RZ 3D LCD monitor and Acer H5360 3D DLP projector and both worked flawlessly with the latest 3D Vision Drivers version 257.21. Other than 3D Vision with supported display, Cyberlink’s PowerDVD 10 software also supports playback of Blu-ray 3D content on normal monitors with the help of plain red-cyan anaglyph glasses, row-interleaved 3D displays and even 3D-capable TVs. Now regarding the 3D HDTV support I need to make some things clear, as this mode will probably not work with all of the latest 3D television sets that are currently appearing on the market at this time, but they might be supported with a future update. This mode is intended to provide DLP checkerboard output of the 3D content that can be display mostly on 3D DLP TVs like the ones made by Mitsubishi, but this mode is also supported by some of the newer 3D HDTVs using HDMI 1.4(a) for stereo 3D support. One such example is the C7000 series of 3D TV’s by Samsung that should work just fine with PowerDVD 10 Blu-ray 3D playback as it supports both row-interleaved input as well as checkerboard pattern. On the other hand the Panasonic VT25 and VT20 3D HDTVs do not support any of those two modes, so you will most likely not be able to play Blu-ray 3D movies with PowerDVD 10 after the release of the Mark II update. But as I already mentioned, support for these 3D TVs will most likely be added at a later time with the help of future updates of both the software video player and
graphics driver.



Another thing that I tried with the preview version of PowerDVD I got from Cyberlink was the new and improved 2D-to-3D conversion feature called TrueTheater 3D. If you remember I was not very impressed with what Cyberlink has offered in their trial version of PowerDVD 10 when it was first made available in terms of 2D to 3D video conversion. I simply expected more and Cyberlink has managed to get more done with their new conversion algorithm that provided better and more comfortable conversion for videos to 3D. Have in mind that the currently available trial version of PowerDVD 10 still uses the first generation of 2D to 3D conversion, but the people who purchased the full software and have updated it to version 10.0.1714 and later should already have the next generation of 2D to 3D conversion functionality available. What I’ve noticed at first is that the new algorithm is no longer using the frame offsetting to create the Pulfrich kind of effect based on the movement of objects in the frames next to each other. And that means that even in very fast switching scenes or movement the effect will not be a somewhat disturbing anymore because even for a brief moment you will not be seeing two completely different images from different scenes with each eye. So job well done on that too for Cyberlink.

And to be completely fair, I should also mention that I’ve contacted ArcSoft about an evaluation version of their Sim 3D plugin for TotalMedia Theatre 3 Platinum. They are already selling this plugin along with the TMT3 Platinum software – their two components that allow you to play Blu-ray 3D movies, but they did not even reply to me. So as a result there is no comparison between the TotalMedia Theatre 3 Platinum + Sim 3D plugin and PowerDVD10’s 3D capabilities. And since I’m quite satisfied from what I saw from PowerDVD and there is no other way to test ArcSoft’s solution other than paying $89.99 for the TotalMedia Theatre 3 Platinum software and another $19.99 for the Sim3D Plugin (total $109,98 USD) I would prefer to stick to PowerDVD 10 Ultra with the Mark II update that currently costs $89.95 USD ($71.95 if you are upgrading from PowerDVD 8, 9 or 10 Standard).

Now we just need more high-quality stereo 3D content available, as still we have only one Blu-ray 3D movie that just recently became available as a standalone product (not bundled with any 3D-capable hardware) is Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs. But more movies should be coming very soon, so stay tuned for more information about that as well as more information about PowerDVD Mark II update in the next few days.

To download the free trial version of CyberLink PowerDVD 10 Ultra version of the player…


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24 responses so far ↓

  • 1 Cesar Sommer // Jun 28, 2010 at 16:42

    great news :)

  • 2 Thomasjn // Jun 28, 2010 at 17:22

    Yea, great news :).

    I dont know how much you have been using PowerDVD 10, but have you had any problems with the program?

    I have been using PowerDVD 7 for some time now, and it have some problems.
    Like, it often stops the movie im watching, and want me to download an update.
    When i go to their side, there is no update tho..
    It’s a legal version of PowerDVD 7.

    PowerDVD 7 is an “old” program, compared to PowerDVD 10, so PowerDVD 10 proberly have less error’s, but it would still be nice to hear from someone who have used it alot.

  • 3 Bloody // Jun 28, 2010 at 18:18

    I haven’t used it “a lot” yet and I mostly focused trying out the 3D functionality of the player and with the latest 3D Vision drivers there were no issues with the 3D functionality… The guys at Cyberlink are listening to what people say, so if there is a problem they should be able to quickly fix it :)

  • 4 jeff // Jun 28, 2010 at 20:03

    I noticed you tested on the Acer h5360, how did it look? does anything jump out of the screen or is it mainly a depth effect? Also, would it work with DLP-Link glasses? I really want to get this but only have thew DLP-Link glasses.
    Cheers for the info Bloody!

  • 5 Bloody // Jun 28, 2010 at 21:24

    Jeff, the pop-out effect depends mostly on the video content and not on the hardware being used. In games you can control the convergence in order to make things pop-out of the screen, but in videos you cannot control that.

    As for using a 3D DLP projector with DLP Link glasses, I suppose it might also work with PowerDVD using the 120Hz Time Sequential 3D LCD mode, but I’m unable to test that myself as I do not have DLP Link glasses.

  • 6 Marton // Jun 28, 2010 at 22:50

    “but in videos you cannot control that.”

    Why not? in stereoscopic player you can.
    It’s a simple horizontal shift the other video stream, left or right, and you can adjust which object has to be in the screen plane.

  • 7 Bloody // Jun 29, 2010 at 00:10

    The parallax adjustment just moves the whole image to the front or the back, it is not real depth control… and it is done at the cost of some of the resolution.

  • 8 Jim // Jun 29, 2010 at 00:39

    What Bluray drive do you recommend for 3d bluray playback on PC. I will be using the acer 5360 projector

    Great Blog

  • 9 Ferdopa // Jun 29, 2010 at 00:40

    Hi. I´m waiting to try Markk II with some Blu-ray 3D. With TotalMedia, Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs, Panasonic Demo Disc and and Monster vs Aliens works perfect, except the direct buttons (you can not go forward in chapters, for example). With Coraline and Ice Age TotalMedia crashes (the 3D mode dosent work with ice Age… and Coraline crashes after Despicable Me trailer).

  • 10 Bloody // Jun 29, 2010 at 00:44

    Jim, there is no need for a specific Blu-ray drive for the PC, any drive that you may have should be Ok.

    Ferdopa, unfortunately I don’t yet have any of the movies you have problems with on Blu-ray 3D to try how they work with PowerDVD.

  • 11 Duty // Jun 29, 2010 at 02:33

    Ferdopa.
    I understand your problem, I also use TotalMedia 3D, have the same movies.
    I resolved this problem with the iPhone and using TotalMedia app “PRO Air Mouse,” you can control the TotalMedia in full screen.

  • 12 Marton // Jun 29, 2010 at 09:39

    Bloody:
    “order to make things pop-out of the screen, but in videos you cannot control that.”

    Yes, you CAN! Of course the far objects also come closer to you!
    You control the whole image, as you wrote.
    But you can adjust: seeing 3D behind a window, or in front the screen plane.

  • 13 Costa // Jun 29, 2010 at 22:50

    Yes, using the parallax control you can change the placement of the 3D space, not the depth.
    But why would you want to do that? That’s like changing all the colors because you don’t like the color correction of a movie.
    As color correction, the convergence is an artistic element which should be controlled and used by the filmmaker, not the viewer.

  • 14 Benoit // Jun 30, 2010 at 11:41

    Hi, i see you have the same vp as mine, i guess how to access to thé service menu of my acer 5360?!?!

  • 15 SD // Jul 2, 2010 at 21:27

    HI, anyone get this to work with the new 258.69? I can use 3D vision video player fine but PowerDVD Mark2 doesnt seem to recognise 3D vision is installed… well it tells me to go to fullscreen and then tells me it cant do 3D.

  • 16 SD // Jul 2, 2010 at 21:47

    Actually its not just that. Tried the older 2xx series driver too and its the same, just doesnt seem to want to accept I have a 3D display, despite the 2233RZ working fine for games and 3D Vision Video Player.

    PDVD build CyberLink.1830_DVD100531-02 with 258.69 / Win 7 x64, aero disabled.

    Any ideas?

  • 17 Iztok // Jul 5, 2010 at 17:32

    @Bloody:

    I have Vista 64 with the Nvidia 3D Vision Kit installed. On the Cyberlink website I have read, that Mark II will ONLY work with Windows 7. Can you confirm this ? If so, the only way to get it running is to reinstall my PC with Windows 7, which is a lot of time and work.

    Thanks and best regrads,
    Iztok

  • 18 Bloody // Jul 5, 2010 at 21:29

    I don’t think that they mean it is only compatible with Windows 7, but instead that they’ve tested it and it works without issues with 7 too. It works on Vista, at least the version I’ve tried had no trouble with 3D Vision on Vista Business 32-bit … ;)

  • 19 Iztok // Jul 5, 2010 at 22:04

    Great news. Thanks for your fast reply!

  • 20 Iztok // Jul 6, 2010 at 19:21

    Hi Bloody,

    Mark II doesn’t work with Vista. I have tried it. See also http://de.cyberlink.com/products/powerdvd/requirements_de_DE.html in German “PowerDVD mit NVIDIA 3D Vision wird nicht unter Windows Vista und XP unterstützt”. -> PowerDVD with NVIDIA 3D Vision isn’t supported under Windows Vista and XP. I ask myself, how you have tested successfully with Vista 32-bit ?

  • 21 Bloody // Jul 6, 2010 at 20:50

    Yep, you are right. It seems that there are some differences in the final MKII version as compared to the earlier evaluation version that I’ve tried. With the final I don’t see the option I need anymore for 3D Vision… http://i50.tinypic.com/98t7xe.jpg

  • 22 olli66 // Jul 8, 2010 at 18:05

    just downloaded Mark II and tried Cloudy with a chance of meatballs 3d blu-ray on my Panasonic 3d TV but it does not work, any ideas?

  • 23 Bloody // Jul 8, 2010 at 18:21

    Apparently there might be some issues caused by the HDCP protection, you can download and try AnyDVD HD

  • 24 olli66 // Jul 9, 2010 at 01:27

    already have Anydvd HD running…

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