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Cyberlink PowerDVD 10 is Available with Stereo 3D Support, Kind of…

March 20th, 2010 · 17 Comments · General 3D News


CyberLink has officially released their new PowerDVD 10 player that is supposedly first to offer Blu-ray 3D playback support and 2D to 3D real-time conversion of all kind of movies, but don’t be too happy yet. The currently available version of PowerDVD 10 still has quite limited stereoscopic 3D support with an update that will be called PowerDVD 10 Mark II coming this summer that is supposed to actually add support for Blu-ray 3D playback and the realtime 2D to 3D video conversions for all media files. Still the currently available version is not left alone with no stereo 3D features, but they are kind of quite limited and not that impressive after I checked them out with the free tiral version available to test the new video player. In the first version of PowerDVD 10 you only get 2D to 3D realtime video conversion of DVD Video content, which might be considered Ok by some people, but it is not worth buying the player now just because of that S3D feature. Unless of course if you buy the top version of PowerDVD 10 that is called Ultra 3D (will cost you $99.95 USD), because if you do so when Mark II update is out you’ll begetting it for free.



The good thing is that the stereoscopic 3D technologies supported are not limited to 3D Vision only (update to the latest drivers is recommended), there is also support available fore passive polarized displays (Zalman Trimon, Acer Aspire 3D etc.) and even 3D-ready HDTVs. The last one however currently refers only to 3D-ready DLP television sets and not the new equipped with HDMI 1.4 HDTVs with 3D capabilities. Although I suppose that in the Mark II version of PowerDVD 10 the 3D HDTV support will be upgraded in order to also work with the new 3D-ready hardware that uses the HDMI 1.4 stereoscopic 3D specs.

I’ve tried the 2D to 3D video conversion in real-time DVD Video that is currently the only stereoscopic 3D feature available in PowerDVD 10, including in the free trial version I’ve used for checking the feature out. It has turned out to be a bit of disappointment as Cyberlink seems to be taking the easy road by using the most basic conversion methods. I’m talking about the Pulfrich-like effect achieved by creating one frame offset and further enhancing it by additional frame deformation, so in the end what you can expect is nothing more than what is achieved by the freely available on this blog – 2D to 3D Realtime Video Conversion Script for Avisynth v0.3. And with the Avisynth script you can convert to pseudo stereo 3D just about any video file for free, unlike the currently limited to DVD Video functionality present in PowerDVD 10, so I’d suggest to wait for the competition or the Mark II version of PowerDVD before making a decision what to buy for Blu-ray 3D playback and real-time conversion of 2D video into pseudo 3D.

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

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How to Watch 3D Stereo Movies with GeForce 3D Vision

June 20th, 2009 · 12 Comments · 3D Movies & Videos, GeForce 3D Vision

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You should know that GeForce 3D Vision is not only intended to be used just for gaming, but also for watching 3D Stereo digital images and even for 3D movies. But in order to use the shutter glasses for watching moves you should first get a special player that can play 3D stereo movies the right way and they you should get movies that are supported. Nvidia provides a free Stereoscopic 3D Video Player that should be more than enough to get you started in the world of 3D movies, but there are also some other solutions that I’m going to talk about some other time. Nivida’s Stereoscopic 3D Video Player has built in support for playing back 3D Stereo videos in the following file formats: AVI, AVIS, WMV, WMVS, ASF, MPG, MPGS, MPEG, M1V, MP2, M2TS, VOB, MP4, SVI and SPP. There is also support for playing 3D Stereo movies in DVD Video format if you own any of these of course and they are in the right format. And by the right format I mean movies that are not encoded for anaglyph viewing, but provide a video with two full separate frames for each eye. You should know that most of the DVD video 3D movies are designed for paper anaglyph glasses and these will not work with the shutter glasses form the GeForce 3D Vision kit!


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To get you started there are some short videos in 3D Stereo that are looking quite well when played with the Stereoscopic 3D Video Player and the GeForce 3D Vision kit. There are 6 short movies, two of which are animated and the other 4 are of different real world scenes and places so you can actually see the difference. You can also look around over the net for more compatible videos, these should be quite a few more that will look and work great with the added depth perception. Have in mind that all those videos can be viewed in normal 2D mode on a normal or 3D-compatible monitor and in 3D Stereo only on a compatible display. When you run the player and a movie on a Samsung 2233RZ for instance when you switch to full screen the movies automatically goes in 3D mode, otherwise when it is being displayed in a small window it is in 2D mode by default.

To download Nivida’s Stereoscopic 3D Video Player
To download the demo 3D Stereo video clips for testing the player

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