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Playing Blu-ray 3D Movies on a 120Hz 3D-ready LCD Monitor

July 21st, 2010 · 23 Comments · GeForce 3D Vision


The situation with playing back Blu-ray 3D movies on your 3D-capable computer using a 120Hz 3D-capable monitor is not so bright as yet again we have the same issue as if you try to play a normal 2D Blu-ray movie with 120Hz refresh rate on any of these monitors (at least on first generation Samsung and Viewsonic, as the problem might not be present on the 2nd generation 120Hz LCD monitors). And the reason for that is again the HDCP protection that is being used with the Blu-ray video, but the question is why it is not working when your 120Hz monitor does say HDCP compliant? There is one interesting catch that is often missed and that is the fact that the 120Hz monitor is indeed HDCP compliant, but may only be when used at 60Hz refresh rate and that means no playing back of protected 3D content, unless you go for a workaround… And one such alternative workaround is the use of the AnyDVD HD software – a commercial application that allows you to go over some of the annoying limitations that you get when you don’t want to be a “pirate”, although this application might be considered illegal in some countries (depending on the local laws), because of what it does!



The AnyDVD software allows you to watch movies over a digital display connection, without the requiring you to have HDCP-compliant graphics card and without HDCP-compliant display. Or even if you have such compliant hardware, like in the case of the 3D-ready 120Hz LCD monitors, you’ll be able to actually use the higher 120Hz refresh rate and and be able to watch Blu-ray 3D movies. And the best thing about the application is that is removes the HDCP dependence in real-time, the program runs in the background and you are able to play the Blu-ray movie with your favorite Blu-ray 3D video player. There is no need to rip the Blu-ray 3D movie, reencode something or do something that is time consuming or hard to make by a novice user. But of course the AnyDVD HD software comes with additional features that can remove some of the other annoying constraints you may have in a Blu-ray movie disc and not only on Blu-ray, but also with HD DVD or even DVD Video discs.

AnyDVD HD comes with a 21 days of free trial, so you can first test the application and see if it works for you and does what you need and then you can purchase it if you wish or just uninstall it if you don’t like it. You should first try the trial, the only limitation you get during the trial period is that the custom settings are not being saved and you need to set them again each time you start the application, other than that it is fully functional.

To download the latest AnyDVD HD with 21 days trial period to test it…
For more information about the features of the SlySoft AnyDVD HD software…

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Playing Blu-ray Movies (non-3D) on a 120Hz 3D-ready LCD Monitor

May 17th, 2010 · 8 Comments · Other S3D Tech


Ok, so you’ve got yourself a new 3D-capable 120Hz monitor for playing back games and videos in stereo 3D mode, but then you also decide to take advantage of that higher refresh rate even when playing back non 3D videos like Blu-ray Movies. You set your display to 120Hz and try to run the Bly-ray movie and then something is not right and the reason for that is the HDCP protection that is being used with the Blu-ray video. But why it is not working when your new 120Hz monitor does say HDCP compliant? There is one interesting catch that nobody is focusing on and that is the fact that your new 120Hz monitor is indeed HDCP compliant, but only when used at 60Hz refresh rate. So in order to playback the Blu-ray Movie you need to lower the refresh rate to 60Hz and that may introduce some jitter as the 24p video is being played back on 60Hz, but when being played back with 120Hz the jitter should be gone. However the HDCP (High-bandwidth Digital Content Protection) is preventing you from doing that as currently there are no 120Hz monitors that are HDCP compliant in 120Hz you’ll have to either go for the not so good 60Hz mode or find an alternative solution. And one such alternative is the SlySoft AnyDVD HD software, a commercial application that allows you to go over some of the annoying limitations that you get when you don’t want to be a “pirate”…



One of the best features related to the issue above that comes with the AnyDVD software is that it allows you to watch movies over a digital display connection, without HDCP-compliant graphics card and without HDCP-compliant display. Or even if you have such compliant hardware, like in the case of the 120Hz monitors, you’ll be able to actually use the higher 120Hz refresh rate and not stick with the HDCP compliant 60Hz mode only. And the best thing about the application is that is removes the HDCP dependence in real-time, the program runs in the background and you are able to play the Blu-ray movie with your favorite Blu-ray video player at 120Hz. There is no need to rip the Blu-ray movie, reencode something or do something that is time consuming or hard to make by a novice user. But of course the AnyDVD HD software comes with additional features that can remove some of the other annoying constraints you may have in a Blu-ray movie disc and not only on Blu-ray, but also with HD DVD or even DVD Video discs. so you can say that AnyDVD HD is a must have software utility for just about any serious home theater enthusiast, not only for those interested in stereo 3D and having a 120Hz monitor.

AnyDVD HD comes with a 21 days of free trial, so you can first test the application and see if it works for you and does what you need and then you can purchase it if you wish or just uninstall it if you don’t like it. The price for 1 year license key for the AnyDVD HD software is 63 EUR if you live in Europe or about 79 USD if you are in USA, and for the rest of the world you just convert the currency into your local one based on the exchange course to get an idea how much it will cost you. The 1 year license key does not mean that after one year you’ll have to stop using the application, it means that you’ll get technical support and free updates for that period in time, but the software will still be usable even after your subscription period expires. However you should first try the trial, the only limitation you get during the trial period is that the custom settings are not being saved and you need to set them again each time you start the application, other than that it is fully functional.

To download the latest AnyDVD HD with 21 days trial period to test it…
For more information about the features of the SlySoft AnyDVD HD software…

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HP 2310g is an Upcoming 23-inch 120Hz 3D-ready LCD Monitor

March 29th, 2010 · 4 Comments · GeForce 3D Vision


Last week during HP’s Workstation International Media Event in Santa Monica, Los Angeles there were a lot of interesting news and product announcements from HP, but one thing has caught my eye especially, since it was a stereo 3D related product. I’m talking about the HP 2310g LCD display that was been showcased at the event along with a HP Z400 workstation (have in mind that the HP 2310g 3D-ready monitor is a consumer-oriented product, not a professional one!), but let me tell you what is interesting about this product. HP 2310g is a 23-inch 120Hz 3D-ready LCD monitor with Full HD resolution that works with Nvidia’s 3D Vision active shutter glasses, but will probably also be compatible with other active shutter solutions when/if they come later thus year.



Here is a short video I made at the event showing the HP 2310g display in action playing a stereoscopic 3D trailer of the movie How To Train Your Dragon in 3D by DreamWorks. As you can see this display does not rely on matted screen, but instead uses glossy surface, resulting in some reflections being visible on the screen. Just have in mind that the demonstration was pretty much outside on a bright sunny day and a lot of external light is coming all around the screen (not very good conditions for a glossy display), so in normal at-home usage the reflections on the screen should be much less or none at all. Besides the disadvantageous possibility of annoying reflections the glossy display also brings some advantages like better color reproduction and contrast of the image, along with better viewing angles.



Pete Ellis from HP Displays Business Unit (on the picture above, in front of the HP 2310g display) was available during the demonstration to answer some questions about the 120Hz display. I’m sure the first question you are going to ask is when to expect the monitor on the market and what will be the price? Unfortunately there is still no release date announced or pricing for the display, but it will most likely be available on the market before the end of this year and should not cost more than the currently available alternatives from other companies. So the HP 2310g 120Hz LCD display has a 16:9 aspect ratio and Full HD resolution of 1920×1080 pixels and will supposedly be with a 2ms response time and 400 cd/m2 maximum brightness level. Have in mind that these are not official specifications and since the product is not yet available on the market it might be a bit different when it becomes available.



And above you can watch the full presentation called “A Perspective on 3D today” during the HP Workstation International Media Event presented by Pete Ellis. The presentation outlines some of the things HP is working on in the filed of stereoscopic 3D technologies – initiatives like the 3D Consortium and upcoming products like the HP 2310g 3D-ready display…

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