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PostPosted: 03 May 2010, 18:20 

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Hi guys! I thought I'd share my experiences on a (more or less) DIY solution for stereoscopic 3D projection at home. While the parts themselves are all commercial products, it's the combination of different parts that allowed me get my own 3D projection rig at home for under 500€. (This guide assumes that you have a PC that can run Stereoscopic Player.)

PROJECTOR
Anyone who has seen 3D on an 40" HD-TV will know: it would simply be better, if the image was larger! For me the main problem is that when 3D objects hit the "side" of the frame, the 3D effect is immediately lost. So you want to have a solution that will cover your entire field of view... Thus I wanted a projector from the beginning. The most important thing is that the projector is able to work on a refresh rate of (at least) 120Hz. Price-wise I noticed that Acer's product line of 3D-ready projectors was simply the cheapest. If you want to go HD, you might want to take a look at the Acer H5360, although it will run you 600€ just for the projector itself. Since I want to stay in the 500€ for the purpose of this guide, I chose the Acer X1130P. It runs on an 800x600 resolution, which was enough for me and cost only around 300€.

GLASSES
The most widely used 3D solution at the moment is shutter glasses. These have been around since the mid 1990s on the PC mass market, when ELSA released their REVELATOR glasses. These still work fine and you can get them really cheap off of ebay. Of course these days you would probably want to go with NVIDIA's 3D Vision... if you can afford the 140€. I myself am using one pair of old wired Revelators and one pair of wired eDimensional glasses - both on one eDimensional dongle. eDimensional glasses will cost you around 60€, while Revelators can be had for around 15€ off of ebay.

SOFTWARE
The best software for playing 3D video content is without a doubt Peter Wimmer's Stereoscopic Player, which you can buy off his site for 40€. The 3D Vision player that is bundled with NVIDIA's glasses is a "crippled" version of Stereoscopic Player, which is fine if you just want to use the 3D Vision. For more flexibility you should go with the real deal =) Because I'm running Stereoscopic Player on a laptop with a generic Intel graphics card, I use the Software Page-Flipping option. This works fine, if your processor is fast enough. Generally you'll want a dual core processor for stereoscopic video content.

3D CONTENT
This is still the main problem at the moment. There simply aren't enough stereoscopic movies available yet! If you don't mind some dubious quality, you can get around 50 classic 3D movies from the 1950s-80s. These can be bought off of various internet sites or ebay and are DVDs (in field-sequential format) from private collectors. They are mostly based off of old Japanese VHD (video high density) discs from the 1980s. This is how I got to know my favorite 3D film, Alfred Hitchcock's "Dial M for Murder". (Very subtle use of 3D, but it's simply great!)

FINAL WORDS
Well that's all for now. I hope someone finds this info helpful! If you have any questions, don't hesitate to post =)


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