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PowerDVD 10 Ultra Mark II Update is Now Officially Available

July 6th, 2010 · 33 Comments · General 3D News


As promised Cyberlink has released the Mark II update for PowerDVD 10 that adds support for Blu-ray 3D Movie playback capabilities to the software player. The Mark II patch is free for the owners of Ultra version of the software and updates PowerDVD 10 Ultra to PowerDVD 10 Ultra build 1830. There is also an updated trial version of the player available that should also come with the improved 2D to 3D conversion algorithm. Now the big question is when we are going to have some live action movies in stereo 3D format available on Blu-ray 3D media, but not documentaries, as we already have a few animated movies released that do look good in 3D…

I’m also currently doing a comparison between PowerDVD 10 Ultra Mark II and ArcSoft’s Total Media Theatre 3 Platinum + Sim3D Plugin as at this moment only these two software players can provide you with support for playing back Blu-ray 3D movies from your computer. But that comparison will most likely be finished in a few days, so stay tuned for more information on the topic… ;)

- To download and test the CyberLink PowerDVD 10.0 new trial version of the player…


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33 responses so far ↓

  • 1 Ferdopa // Jul 6, 2010 at 18:41

    There are problems with the Panasonic Editions (Coraline and Ice Age), but they finalyy works!!!

    You have to start the disc in 2D mode (no full screen); then change to full screen and: voila!

    The problem is that you have to watch them with a “frame” with the stop-pause-back-forward buttons in the bottom of the screen.

    Panasonic Demos Disc works frawless., and in all editions you have full acces to back-forward-stp-play options.

    Far better software than Arcsoft.

  • 2 SD // Jul 6, 2010 at 18:58

    Hardware Heaven have reviewed the 1830 build with 3D Vision: http://www.hardwareheaven.com/reviews.php?reviewid=995

  • 3 Ferdopa // Jul 6, 2010 at 19:13

    The “bottom frame” with the stop-pause-back-forward buttons dissapears if you do not touch the mouse for a few seconds.

    Cloudly with a Chance of Meatball: Some problemsto start the play; no mayor issues.

    Grand Canyon Adventure: Some problems to start the play; no mayor issues.

    Monsters vs Aliens: No problems.

    Crearly, there is a very different authoring methods in the 3D movies, and no a unified standar yet… and that the reasons of the problems.

    The only two that works perfect from the begginning of the play are Panasonic Demos (the two versions) and Monsters vs Aliens.

    By the way, Grand Canyon Adventure is the best Blu-ray 3D avalilable today (absolutely great!!!)

  • 4 Wikibear // Jul 6, 2010 at 20:06

    That’s pretty cool! I think we life in a new time that we get big broadband and then we tinker with 60kbs… That’s hell man!

  • 5 emmerick // Jul 6, 2010 at 20:31

    Hello staff,
    just very good test, the effects are impressive. Has a competitor of Power DVD is the Total Media Platinum also converts real-time 3D, has also tried and enjoyed it. I would like the opinion of you to know what is best.

    The link of the competitor is:
    http://www.arcsoft.com/en-us/software_title.asp?ProductCode=TMT3P

    http://www.arcsoft.com/en-us/press_detail.asp?prID=515

    Cheers

  • 6 chris // Jul 6, 2010 at 20:33

    lookin forward to the comparison, i hope arcsoft comes out on top as i hate pdvd

  • 7 Ferdopa // Jul 7, 2010 at 00:42

    Arcsoft has important problems with Blu-ray 3D.

    There is no control buttons (stop-play-forward, etc) and Coraline and Ice Age have several issues.

    PowerDVD 10 is far better than TotalMedia in BD 3D playback.

  • 8 JHESTAND // Jul 7, 2010 at 08:58

    OK i got the mark II update for my power DVD 10 software to be able to playback Cloudy with a chance of meatball bluray-3D. This is the only 3D bluray disc I have. So I am using a pc with gforce 9800 gt and a mitsu 65″ 3D READY TV, WORKS GREAT WITH 3D VIDEOS I HAVE DOWNLOADED AND WATCHED USING NVIDIA STEREOSCOPIC PLAYER AND PLAYING 3D GAMES BUT WHAT IS HAPPENING WITH THIS IS THAT WHEN I TRY TO PLAY A BLURAY 3D MOVIE DISC IN THIS CASE CLOUDY WITH A CHANCE OF MEATBALLS THE VIDEO LAGS BEHIND THE SOUND AND IT CUTS OUT AND BREAKS, AT TIMES THE VIDEO LAGS TOO AND IT JUST DOESN’T PLAY SMOOTH. WHEN I TURN OFF 3D IT PLAY PERFECT IN REGULAR 2D. ANYBODY HAS ANY OPINIONS OR IDEAS AS WHAT CAN BE DONDE TO FIX THIS?? OR IS ANY BODY EXPERIENCING THIS>?? I AM THINKING MAYBE I NEED A BETTER GRAPHICS CARD BUT ACCORDING TO THE CYBERLINK SITE I SHOULD BE GGO WITH THE 9800GT. HERE IS THEIR LINK http://www.cyberlink.com/stat/3d-support/enu/index.jsp#3d-getting-started

    NOW ACCORDING TO THE NVIDIA 3D VISION SITE I DO NEED A BETTER GRAPHICS CARD TO DO BLURAY 3D. HERE IS THEIR LINK.

    http://www.nvidia.com/object/3d-vision-requirements.html

    I AM GOING TO THINK NVIDIA IS RIGHT BUT I NEED SOME FEEDBACK ON THIS PLEASE. tHANKS.

  • 9 Bloody // Jul 7, 2010 at 09:05

    You may need a better video card if you want to move the decoding process from the CPU to the GPU and have GPU acceleration. If you have a fast enough CPU you should be able to play it smoothly, what is your processor?

  • 10 Chriskos // Jul 7, 2010 at 10:57

    Does anyone know how to get the bluray 3d playback to work in powerdvd using a passive dual projector setup?

  • 11 Jonathan Jenkyn // Jul 7, 2010 at 11:15

    I wonder what their support for 3D subtitles is? Certainly worth investigation with regards your comparrison.

  • 12 Daniel James // Jul 7, 2010 at 18:59

    Have tested this update since 10pm yesterday and am now running on adrenaline. But the is fine, because I finally have a 2D to 3D converter that doesn’t make my media look like I’m watching it on an invisible toilet roll. Cyberlink have ditched that stupid ‘toilet roll’ method of distortion and have replaced it with a much more convincing and comforable to watch ‘ramp’ like method. The 2D picture seems to be layed on a ramp that is closer at the bottom of the screen and adds depth as you go further up the screen, exactly like looking at a ramp going forward and up. The effect totally works and has had me up all night looking at Thunderbirds/Terrahawks/Star Fleet Bomber X/Venture Brothers/ Batman animated series/ etc etc. These shows seem to lend themselves naturally to 3D conversion and any animated show looks great, The Star Trek animated series looks so good! I must get some sleep now but I can’t tear myself away… Have tested the 3D Bluray output on my EDID hacked Optoma HD67 and it works perfectly, can only assume that the Acer H5360 works as well, the Samsung 2233 suffers from ghosting (as usual) but both the beamer and the lcd work as they should. So much for HDMI 1.4 ! I did not run into the problems described above on the playback of Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs, it worked without a hitch for me. Cyberlink have done the business here, buy it !

  • 13 jaxter // Jul 7, 2010 at 19:16

    Im getting really choppy playback using a amd 6000 dual core 64 bit processor 4 gig ram and a gts 250 surely this is enough ice age is really choppy coraline has sync issues with audio panasonic demo plays 97% well any ideas.

  • 14 Bloody // Jul 7, 2010 at 20:24

    I wonder if this can be related to actually getting a slower read speed from the Blu-ray disc… slower on the Ice age and faster on the Panasonic demo disc.

  • 15 Helifax // Jul 7, 2010 at 22:09

    I know I’m not supposed to ask this but, anyone knows where from where I can download Ice Age 3D, Caroline or Monsters VS Aliens? I am asking because I know that they currently are sold only as a bundle with Panasonic screens or other bundles. You know “sharing is caring”:D

  • 16 Wikibear // Jul 8, 2010 at 00:17

    3D wont work with my Samsung 2233Z. I’m still in contact with support. Hope they can help me.

  • 17 hakira // Jul 8, 2010 at 01:37

    to Helifax // Jul 7, 2010 at 22:09

    I know I’m not supposed to ask this but, anyone knows where from where I can download Ice Age 3D, Caroline or Monsters VS Aliens? I am asking because I know that they currently are sold only as a bundle with Panasonic screens or other bundles. You know “sharing is caring”:D

    try here
    http://tehparadox.com/forum/f89/aquas-3dbd-full-disc-stereoscopic-full-hd-isos-unklepauly-alabama-strike-again-1100122/

  • 18 Josh // Jul 8, 2010 at 02:37

    Hi,
    I am using PowerDVD for Cloudy with a chance.
    It only seems to work occasionally.
    All other 3D vision software works great – I have no problems playing 3D video of any kind – I can even play cloudy with a chance on arcsoft no problems.
    But when I try on PDVD my samsung 3D monitor just keeps blank, occasionally flashing a glimpse of PDVD/mouse. Sometimes it loads the 3D Blu-ray, and most times it doesn’t.
    When it works, it works well – on several occasions it has loaded up the blu-ray disc fine.
    It is true about the frame at the bottom and top – it remains sometimes, but other times it goes away.
    Don’t want to have to keep using arcsoft as it is true that you have no control buttons.

  • 19 SD // Jul 8, 2010 at 12:13

    For the Samsung screens you need to use AnyDVD to remove HDCP etc. I am trying to get more info from Nvidia about why this is but ripping the disc to your HD fixes the issue with a blank screen.

  • 20 Josh // Jul 8, 2010 at 12:45

    Thanks. I am using AnyDVD as well. Hence I am not having any HDCP issues at all.
    And like I said, it sometimes works and plays in PDVD (it always works with Arcsoft Total Media) so I know that it can work and does work – I just want to know how to make it so all the time!
    I will try ripping disc to HDD. Know of any good software for doing this?

  • 21 Josh // Jul 8, 2010 at 13:03

    Also, I just remembered that I have tried using the 2D to 3d conversion of a DVD with powerDVD mark II and I get the same problem. The DVD is a mounted ISO – not from the actual disc. However, this process used to work fine without the Mark II update.
    PDVD is clearly now using a new/different method for 3D playback. e.g. before the mark II update, there was no play/pause toolbar at the bottom of the screenbut now there is.
    This new method of 3D playback must be the root of the problem I am experiencing.

  • 22 Helifax // Jul 8, 2010 at 15:18

    @ hakira

    Thank you very much my friend! That was exactly what I was looking for! Thanks again!

  • 23 Josh // Jul 8, 2010 at 20:16

    Powerdvd mark II 3D mode works only every 4 attempts or so for me. So I know it works – it’s just a case of making it work each time I try and run it and not only every 4 occasions. Anyone have any ideas what could be corrupting it?

  • 24 Josh // Jul 9, 2010 at 02:12

    Other problem seems to have fixed itself now – weird!
    Only thing is now, when in 3D mode, the spacebar doesn’t play/pause. In regular 2D mode, it plays/pauses fine, but in 3D it doesn’t. It seems to do something though e.g. if I pause it in 3D mode by clicking on the play/pause button and the press the space bar, it moves it on 1 frame – each time I press the space bar, it moves it on one frame.
    How weird!?
    Anyone else having this issue?

  • 25 Daniel James // Jul 9, 2010 at 04:30

    @Josh – I am having the same quirk with the spacebar. If you click pause with a mouse it works fine and if you use a remote control it works fine. It must be a plain old ordinary bug, or ‘feature’ as we like to call them at work…. This release is buggy for sure, but keep experimenting with ways of starting the Bluray and it will work. I turn all the 3D settings off and then enable them once the Bluray has started, seems to work for me everytime. I have had some odd stuff happen when playing MKV’s, the software sometimes thinks certain MKV’s are 4:3 ratio when they should be 16:9, and as I can’t find any way of changing aspect ratio it turns out to be a big problem. So far I have found 4 films out of 50 high def rips that are played back in 4:3. Annoying, but still not a deal breaker of course.

  • 26 rob // Jul 9, 2010 at 09:51

    also have stutter problems with cloudy 3d blu ray. seems in tools the tru theater settings are always active. it will no0t allow the hardware accel function to be u8sed at all. if you uncheck all tru theater buttons it greys out, except brightness controlol is still in black lettering. hence it wont allow uyou to use hardwarer accel function which would clear up the stuttered playback

  • 27 @Daniel James // Jul 9, 2010 at 10:58

    Nice to know someone else is experienceing similar problems to me! Like I say, 3D playback issue seems to have fixed itself – it’s just this annoying one with the space bar.
    Interesting problem with the MKV’s – I have not tried this yet. Have you checked your PDVD aspect ratio settings? Maybe it’s something to do with that?

  • 28 Arun // Jul 13, 2010 at 21:57

    I got the Mark 2 update and now 2d to 3d conversion has stopped working. When I start a video screen goes blank, then flashes grey and black alternately. My 3d emitter turns on and off. If I hit ctrl+alt+delete and start task manager, I can see the video playing in 2d in windowed screen. Also tried a coupleo f sideby side videos and all have blanks creen issue. So right now, its useless for me. Have a couple of support tickets open with cyberlink.

  • 29 Bloody // Jul 13, 2010 at 22:24

    I know I’m repeating this again, but be sure to update to the latest video and 3D Vision drivers. I’ve had an issue with this weird 3D on-off loop when using older drivers, after updating to 257.21 the problem has disappeared…

  • 30 Arun // Jul 14, 2010 at 00:54

    I started with 1.31 and now have the latest 1.33, and it still occurs. Dont know what else to do? If they would refund the money, I would like to try totalmedia theater :(

  • 31 Arun // Jul 14, 2010 at 17:55

    OK TMT3 works fine here. Tried it out with Caroline Bluray 3D and it played smoothly.

  • 32 Petorik // Jul 17, 2010 at 18:28

    Initially I was running version 7, Recently I installed version 10 and what a difference * Congrats Guys…

    After I installed the Mark 2 Update , It was possible to set the 3D Display… Anaglyph Red/Cyan, and by using the old Cardboard red/blue glasses, It was possible to watch any DVD Movie in 3D “great” ….

    After I deleted version 7 I found I no longer had the
    Anaglyph Red/Cyan Option… Is there a way to recover this option? I did a System Restore hoping this would solve the problem but it didn’t.

    My version 7 was an internet download but I can’t find an installation that accepts my Serial Code

  • 33 Daniel James // Aug 7, 2010 at 04:57

    Hmmm, have found an issue with Powerdvd that has made me jump ship to TotalMediaTheatre3. You can’t play a 16:9 Bluray 3D on a 16:10 screen correctly as Powerdvd locks out the ratio controls and stretches the 16:9 image into a full 16:10! You can see this straight away at the Menu screens for CLoudy with a Chance of Meatballs, there are black borders on TMT3 and none on Powerdvd 10. There seems to be no way around this, you simply just cannot change the aspect ratio in 3D mode at all. If keeping the aspect ratio is important to you (which it is) then Powerdvd 10 on a 16:10 screen is a no no I’m afraid. Dammit.

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