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Turn Your 3D PC into a 3D HDTV with the AVer3D CaptureHD TV Tuner

May 3rd, 2011 · 15 Comments · Other S3D Tech


If you already have a computer with 3D Vision-ready monitor and 3D Vision shutter glasses and are considering to get a 3D HDTV you may want to reconsider and get a TV Tuner that will bring additional 3D functionality, turning your PC into a 3D HDTV alternative. I’m talking about the AVerMedia AVer3D CaptureHD Hybrid TV Tuner that supports Analog and DVB-T broadcasts with built-in 2D to 3D conversion as well as the ability to display 3D content on compatible hardware. Furthermore this 3D TV Tuner can capture up to 1080i over Component and HDMI interface, so you can connect a Set-Top-Box that outputs 3D programming as well. You can say that pretty much the only thing that is missing is 1080p and HDMI 1.4 support, but if you already have a monitor like the Acer HN274H you would be able to connect devices using the frame packaging 3D format directly to the monitor. But even if you don’t have a 3D Vision system, you can still use the tuner’s 3D functionality with a passive 3D display or even with a normal one using the free pair of plastic red-cyan anaglyph glasses bundled with the TV Tuner.





The AVer3D CaptureHD TV Tuner uses PCI Express slot (not the older PCI), so make sure you have one available on your motherboard. If you look at the back of the tuner you may notice two HDMI connectors, but make no mistake only one of them is an actual HDMI input, the other one is just shaped like HDMI, but is used for connecting an extra cable for all the analog inputs that the card supports for capturing. As I’ve already mentioned the HDMI capture supports up to 720p or 1080i maximum resolution and you cannot record HDCP protected content, the component capture is also limited to 1080i resolution, the rest are lower resolution inputs. The card itself is half-height and although the standard bracket is for a full-height expansion card, there is a half-height bracket also included that you can use if you are building an HTPC with the AVer3D CaptureHD.



Moving to the software bundled with the tuner, it is called AVer MediaCenter 3D and is not just for using the tuner’s capabilities, but also allows you to play videos, photos and music you already have stored on your computer. Unfortunately no support for stereo 3D or 2D to 3D conversion of those is yet available. The 3D input playback and the 2D to 3D real-time conversion are only supported for the Analog and DVB-T TV, as well as the different inputs that the card supports. The latest version of the software that you can download from the manufacturer’s website is a bit strange, as every time you try to activate a 3D function it gives a warning that it is only supported for the TV functionality, but after that it activates for the video input you are getting captured as well.



The AVer MediaCenter 3D supports 2D, anaglyph red-cyan, micro-polarized 3D and 3D Vision as outputs for the content using the 3D functionality of the software (either being received in 3D or autoconverted in 3D). It only works with Side by Side or Top-Bottom input, so you get no HDMI 1.4 and frame packaged content. You can also tweak a bit the strength of the 2D to 3D autoconversion functionality and apparently that conversion is optimized for TV broadcasts as it is a bit strange in terms of realization, but it works quite well anyway.

With the AVer3D CaptureHD TV Tuner you can for example connect your Xbox 360 console and play games that support 3D output natively by using the Side by Side or Over/Under outputs from the console, but you cannot connect the PS3 and use it in 3D as it uses HDMI 1.4 frame packaging for outputting the stereo 3D content and this product does not work with such input. There is a little bit of extra input lag introduced when you play games through the capture functionality and if you display also adds a bit more you may get annoyed by the delay, so be careful with that. The 2D to 3D functionality can also be used for consoles or other devices connected to the capture ports of the TV Tuner, but have in mind that in order for it to work well you should have good quality and higher resolution if possible. Regarding analogue and DVB-T programs in 2D that you want to watch autoconverted in 3D, make sure you have good quality image as otherwise the converted image might not look that good.

For more information about the AVerMedia AVer3D CaptureHD TV Tuner…

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15 responses so far ↓

  • 1 jpnn80 // May 4, 2011 at 01:10

    Too bad that although its reviews have been released since the end of last month, the card is still nowhere to be found at any e-tailer in all of Europe…

  • 2 Nick 3DvB // May 4, 2011 at 01:48

    FYI… there is a bug in the older Aver drivers that allows you to capture HDCP protected content! It might also be possible to enable the 3D features on the non-3D versions of this card because the hardware is identical, there is a thread on the avsforum about it.

  • 3 Bloody // May 4, 2011 at 10:11

    jpnn80, it is starting to appear, I’ve found it in the local AVerMedia distributor, so they apparently have it in some places in Europe already ;)

    Nick, that is interesting… especially since the software is freely available on the website.

  • 4 Lucidkill // May 4, 2011 at 15:15

    Are there any tuners that display 1080p content? I noticed this one only does 1080i.

  • 5 jason Borne // May 4, 2011 at 16:13

    I got this card several months ago in the US from Amazon, “non 3d verison” with the intention of doing side by side 3d using xbox and Comcast TV 3d side by side. I read in the AVS forums its possible to do but I havn’t been able to get it going. If You are able to get the 3d verison of the card with the including 3d software you should be golden. I’ve been using the card with aver media center software and Stereoscopic Player live 3d source, to much hassle for it not to work.

  • 6 Jason Borne // May 4, 2011 at 21:38

    Okay All your American Shoppers with the HD verison of this card from Amazon.com or newegg.. I can confirm that with our verison and with the new Aver 3d Media center software “just downloaded now” It works.. Sweet, I can finally PLay XBOX 360 in 3d and watch Cable TV in 3d side by side and top and bottom… You dont need the 3d verison with the built in tuner..

  • 7 mihabolil // May 5, 2011 at 03:56

    Please more info how to get it work with xbox 360 and what games would work in S3D

  • 8 jason Borne // May 5, 2011 at 05:34

    First Uninstall Aver Media center from your pc.
    Download the lastest aver 3d media center software for the AVer3D CaptureHD TV Tuner . But dont install the driver that comes with this new software, you have to keep the driver that belongs to the AVerTV HD DVR
    C027 (Part # MTVHDDVRR) Which is the North American verison of the card. Use the link above that bloody supplied too download the Global verison, Model AVer3D CaptureHD TV Tuner AVer 3d media center.

    Once you’ve uninstalled the old verison “without removing drivers” Then installed the new 3d verison. open the program, select Capture , configure the 3d settings for Nvidia 3d vision. Start Xbox Game with Side by Side selected in the native 3d Game. Click on the REAL 3d Button on inside AverMedia center and your All Set….

  • 9 jason Borne // May 5, 2011 at 05:38

    Been rocking , Crysis 2, Invincle Tiger, Avatar, Nba 2k 2011, COD Black Ops all in Xbox 360 native side by side 3d.. LOOKS Really Good, Great Depth, I like this 3d better than PS3 3d, Xbox looks more comparable to actual PC 3d. Just a lower res by using side by side.. Had this Capture Card for 2 months and havn’t been able to get it to work until Bloody mentioned this new Media center App for aver… THANKS Bloody you are the 3d MAN..

  • 10 Wraxx // May 10, 2011 at 02:04

    Hi guys. I found a trick using the non 3d version of that tuner, stereoscopic player and 3dfier to play playstation 3 games in 3d. It actually looks great

  • 11 jason borne // May 11, 2011 at 08:11

    Wraxx

    Please explain how you are able to get the PS3 To play in 3d with the card, I get the xbox going using the new 3d media center software but I cant get the ps3 going..

  • 12 Wraxx // May 13, 2011 at 03:05

    Sorry for the late reply, and also for my english. First of all you need to know that this trick doesn’t enable 3d on the ps3 but it allows 2d to 3d conversion. What you need is:
    1.The latest Aver Media Center
    2.THIS specific driver: http://dl.free.fr/nLdVkFl9M/DriversH7271.12.x.21x86x64.zip
    3.Stereoscopic player (not Nvidia’s)
    4.3dfier : demo available here http://www.radiantstar.com.tw/3dfier_download.asp. I got the full version for full features.

    You need to install the driver over your current one, as well as 3dfier. Then you’ll have to configure Stereoscopic Player. It’s easy. You just need to add the 3dfier plugin here: File–> Settings –> Decoder –> Other –> Video processor –> Add 3dfier 2d to…

    Once this is done, switch on your ps3 (connected to the Avermedia card via the HDMI port), restart Stereoscopic Player and do this : File –> Live video –> Avermedia BDA Analog Capture Secondary. You shouldn’t get any picture because of HDCP protection. Then start Avermedia and go under the TV section. Select the hdmi input: the picture will stay blank but that will unlock HDCP. Go back to Stereoscopic player then and just do File –> Live video –> Avermedia BDA Analog Capture Secondary again. Et voilĂ ! You should have your ps3 displayed on Stereo Player!!!
    Then all you have to do on Stereo Player is to select the Nvidia 3dvision viewing method and the side by side layout!!!
    That’s all, all your games will be converted in 3d. The result is quite good. You get depth (I tried it on Motorstorm and it’s excellent, Nba Live, Virtua Tennis, Gran Turismo, etc.) But there won’t be anything popping out of the screen!

    You can use that method for any HDMI device.
    Bon jeu!

  • 13 Kirk // Jul 2, 2011 at 01:57

    I am really impressed with this card. I have an awesome Toshiba Qosmio Laptop with the PCIe slot and with the Vidock 4 (an external vid card dock for laptops), it has allowed me to connect this card to my laptop and now I have my satellite TV, PS3, and XBOX360 all in 3D!!! Using the ACER H5360 projector on a 120″ screen!!!!! Really amazing and immersive..

  • 14 Kirk // Jul 2, 2011 at 02:05

    I’m continuing my comment from above… What makes it so awesome is that this solution allows me to use the Nvidia 3D vision set up and glasses on the laptop that has already allowed me to watch Blu Ray 3D and Internet 3D without having to buy the adapters new on the market like Optoma BG-3DXL Converter or Viewsonic VP3D1 Adapter and new pairs of glasses those adapters require. Awesome and cheaper alternative…

  • 15 Ray // Oct 16, 2011 at 00:39

    Are you able to capture DirecTV recorded 3D programs with this card?

    Just a note that when I tried to capture DirecTV 3D programming via HDMI on my Intensity Pro BlackMagic Card, my DirecTV receiver would not display the picture and instead displayed a message that said “3D display not detected”.

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