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Viewsonic VP3D1 3D Processor Brings HDMI 1.4a to 3D DLP Projectors

April 4th, 2011 · 25 Comments · General 3D News


It seems that Viewsonic has kind of quietly launched in Europe (still not available in US) a new product that will ensure HDMI 1.4a support for their wide range of 3D DLP projectors – the Viewsonic VP3D1 3D Processor. This device does pretty much the same thing that other similar solutions already available do and that is to convert from HDMI 1.4(a) 3D input to HDMI 1.3 frame sequential stereo 3D that 3D DLP projectors can understand and display. The idea is to be able to connect a device such as the PlayStation 3 console or a Blu-ray 3D player through this adapter to a Viewsonic 3D DLP projector and make them work together. So the Viewsonic VP3D1 3D Processor can pretty much be considered as an alternative to Optoma’s 3D-XL adapter or the VIP 3D-Gamer device, and although Viewsonic does not mention it, it should also be compatible with other brands of 3D DLP projectors. Of course we are talking about models that have an HDMI input and that can take 720p 3D input and display it, so not all 3D DLP projectors will work with this solution.

The device has two HDMI 1.4a inputs that support not only frame packaged, but also Side by Side and Top/Bottom input in 720p or 1080p/i format and can output it via single HDMI 1.3 connector in 720p frame sequential stereo 3D to a compatible projector. The 3D processor does not need any special 3D glasses, so with a pair of normal DLP Link shutter glasses for the projector you should be ready to watch in stereo 3D format, even when using HDMI 1.4a input. You can also use the 3D processor as a pass-through HDMI switch for 2D content if you connect two different devices to it.

For more information about the new Viewsonic VP3D1 3D Processor device…

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25 responses so far ↓

  • 1 Mathew Orman // Apr 4, 2011 at 17:32

    This is not good since there is no 3D sync output to control glasses.
    3D-XL from OPTOMA has VESA 3D Sync output. Also all current 120 Hz DLP-Link projectors have no way to correct eye sync so the users of DLP-Link glasses end-up viewing pseudo-stereo with 50% random chance.

    Mathew Orman

  • 2 Drew // Apr 4, 2011 at 17:57

    Thanks for this info! Any price details? I have to get one of these converters to use my optoma projector with my PS3

  • 3 mgb // Apr 4, 2011 at 19:21

    The 3D sync is built into the DLP projector. The Viewsonic glasses do eye-switch, you just press the button again. This is a bit of a problem if you have a bunch of people watching a movie, took us a while to work out why some people couldn’t see 3D – they had pressed twice.

  • 4 Max // Apr 4, 2011 at 20:27

    Mathew: acer 5360 has swap in the menu.

  • 5 Mathew Orman // Apr 4, 2011 at 22:47

    SO, first viewer has to recognize pseudo stereo first then switch eye order manually and if there is a glitch it may flip it back to pseudo. If one has to do it several time during single session it will drive him mad. The HDMI 1.4a signals have perfect left/right eye order indexing but this box ignores it all giving all uses the headaches for life. That is fraud in my opinion since TI has officially admitted that all 120Hz DLP-Link projectors have such problem and it (TI) blames it on projector manufactures at fault.

    Mathew Orman

  • 6 tritosine // Apr 5, 2011 at 17:08

    unfortunately, I agree.

  • 7 Chibi // Apr 9, 2011 at 18:08

    Why aren’t they supporting VGA connections with these converter boxes?

  • 8 Bloody // Apr 10, 2011 at 10:04

    Due to the need of more electronics to do the conversion from analog to digital, than just digital to digital… making the price even higher. Or maybe because of the availability of HDMI on all 720p 3D DLP projectors and most certainly, because HDMI 1.4 supports 3D output only in 720p and 1080p resolutions, so supporting non 16:9 resolution projectors and with lower resolution might’ve been harder to implement due to the additional processing of the image…

  • 9 Chibi // Apr 10, 2011 at 17:31

    Well, thanks for the explanation!

  • 10 FB² // Apr 12, 2011 at 14:23

    how can it works with the acer h5360 ?
    I mean, the glasses! there’s no IR transmiter on the viewsonic and the h5360 !! so what’s the config?

  • 11 Frédéric Lopez // Apr 12, 2011 at 18:10

    @Mathew Orman “This is not good since there is no 3D sync output to control glasses. 3D-XL from OPTOMA has VESA 3D Sync output.”

    There is no “VESA 3D Sync output” on the Optoma 3D-XL, the connector looks the same but is not used as a VESA Stereo connector.

  • 12 Bloody // Apr 21, 2011 at 19:46

    Compatible projectors: ViewSonic PJD6251, PJD5523w, PJD6531w, Pro8450w, Pro8500 or other DLP Link 3D-Ready projectors with HDMI input.

  • 13 Sim // Apr 21, 2011 at 22:00

    I have one of these to work with my ps3, unfortunatly this box doesn’t work with 1080p SBS, only 1080i . So unfortunatly you have to keep changing the display settings on the ps3 from manual to automatic to switch between SBS & blu ray 3d….kinda sucks. hope there is a firmware update soon to fix this as my unit may get returned if not.

  • 14 abraham du plooy // Apr 28, 2011 at 14:43

    how much will the vp3d1 go for in south africa and when will it be avalible

  • 15 abraham du plooy // Apr 28, 2011 at 14:44

    will it work with the acer v700 projector

  • 16 Bloody // Apr 28, 2011 at 14:53

    No idea about South Africa availability and pricing, but it should be compatible with the Acer V700 projector.

  • 17 time4u2pay // Jun 9, 2011 at 01:22

    I have the ViewSonic PJD6531w and resently got the VP3D1 Video Processor and it not projecting 3D. The PGD-250 3D glass is working fine, help anly one…

  • 18 SLICK.RICK // Jul 12, 2011 at 10:26

    Sim // Apr 21, 2011 at 22:00

    DUDE U SOLVEEDDD MY PROBLEM!!!!! I BOUGHT THIS DEVICE TO USE WITH MY 360 ALONG WITH OPTOMA HD66 AND ITS A BEAUTY!!! I TRIED OUT COD COULDNT GET 3D GOING PROJETOR COULDNT DETECT UNTIL I CHANGE MY 360 SETTINGS TO 1080i. OH AND USING OPTOMA DLP LINK GLASSES

  • 19 manuel // Jul 30, 2011 at 09:15

    i have a projector viewsonic 3d rady dlp link but dont have hdmi input what can i do to conect my ps3

  • 20 drzdj // Aug 6, 2011 at 04:39

    Bought this item hooked it up to my cable box and a Samsung 3D bluray player and it displayed 3D great on my Acer 5360, I use Xpand dlp glasses.

  • 21 bladex34 // Aug 31, 2011 at 17:02

    I was wondering if this will work with the Benq MS510..and with any DLP Link glasses…I am kinda inbetween this and the 3d-XL…I just want to get my theater all set up before Star Wars Blu Rays come out

  • 22 Kaushal Patel // Sep 7, 2011 at 04:12

    I recently purchased the VP3d1 by viewsonic and have a acer5360 3d ready projector. However, i am not able to get my ps3 to detect 3d display no matter what, I purchased 2 different cabled from amazon..both claim to do 3d and the second one is certainly hdmi 1.4. I also have the latest 3.70 update on my ps3. Can you please shed some light on what may be wrong or if you can give me info on where you purchased your cable where you are able to do 3d gaming on ps3 with your vp3d1 and projector that would be much appriciated. I am not looking forward to buying 3rd set of hdmi cables but I dont know what else to try. Thanks again.

  • 23 Kannan Athreya // Sep 11, 2011 at 04:35

    Kaushal how long is your HDMI from VP3D1 to the projector?
    I also have an acer projector and bought a 15m “3d ready 1.4” HDMI from amazon and it doesn’t work. It seems cable is too long.. Have done some research and I’m going for this solution next week:
    http://www.amazon.co.uk/Neet®-Extender-Cat5e-network-cable/dp/B002ECYEYA

    If anyone else with a similar set up with the projector some distance away from VP3D1 has a working solution please let me know!

  • 24 Kaushal Patel // Sep 12, 2011 at 04:57

    The amazon cable i purchased is 6.5 ft and the others hdmi cables that i have purchased that are “3d” capable are also about 6.5ft in length, I hooked up my acer nettop desktop and was able to do SBS (side by side) 3d using a 25 ft hdmi able needless to say i did not purchase vp3d1 to watch stuff from my computer. I am interested in in it working with 3d games and 3d bluray on the playstation. Additionally, I purchased a 3d bluray disk to see if that would work on the vp3d1 and ps3 combo with the amazon cable..and still a no go. I am baffled, anyone that has a ps3 hooked up to a acer hd5360, please let us know if you are able to use ps3 3d gaming and bluray 3d and if so using which particular cable. Thanks

  • 25 michael towle // Dec 28, 2011 at 16:50

    ive set up my projector which is using a 10 mtr hdmi v1.4 i couldnt get it to work i tried 3 different cables so i bit the bullet and brought a monster cable which are boodly expensive but it worked! and have full 1080p signal so i have to say you have to buy qulity cable you cant get away going cheap

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