If you remember not long ago I’ve reviewed some of the functionality of the DVDFab software package here on the blog, more specifically the DVDFab Blu-ray 3D Ripper as well as the DVDFab 2D to Stereo 3D Converter. And now, the latest beta version of the DVDFab software introduces a new feature that might be interesting and useful for quite a lot of people that already bough a mobile device with autostereoscopic 3D display (not requiring the user to wear special glasses to see the 3D effect). According to the company making the software the new DVDFab 126.96.36.199 Beta software now allows the users to output 3D videos in a format optimized for viewing on glasses-free 3D smartphones and other glasses-free 3D display devices. So you should be able to easily use the DVDFab Blu-ray 3D Ripper to rip and convert Blu-ray 3D movies or the DVDFab 2D to 3D Converter to make 3D videos compatible with the HTC EVO 3D smartphone, the LG Optimus 3D P920 smartphone, Sharp SH-12C Aquos Phone, Sharp SH-10C Aquos Phone, Fujifilm FinePix REAL 3D V1 viewer and others. Anyone with such a device handy is welcome to download and try the new functionality added in the latest beta version of the software and report back, as currently I don’t have any of them to test with.
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DVDFab’s Blu-ray 3D Ripper software may not be the first solution becoming available to help you rip videos and movies from Blu-ray 3D discs and convert them to different popular formats, but it is one of the most user friendly solutions available. It is not intended for hardcore video enthusiasts that want to have a lot of control over what, when and where to happen in the video conversion, but is instead for people that just want to rip a clip or the whole movie quickly and easily. After you rip some video from a Blu-ray 3D disc you can easily play it with a software such as the Stereoscopic Player or Nvidia’s 3D Vision Video Player on your computer’s 3D LCD monitor or even with a normal video player on a 3D HDTV.
This Blu-ray 3D Ripper software supports output in both Side by Side format and Above/Below (Over/Under) with full frame size for each eye or half resolution (squashed) in a single video file as well as output into two separate video files, one for each eye. You can also do some very basic editing while doing the conversion such as resizing the video frame or cropping it, but you would rarely need to use these when ripping a 3D video. There is also a preview windows to show you how the output will look like, but the thing I’m kind of missing here as a feature is the option to cut only some part of the clip if you don’t need it fully converted. This cutting option could also help a lot when testing different settings for compression to get the best results, but maybe DVDFab will add it as a function soon.
I’ve mentioned that this Blu-ray 3D ripper software is not very advanced, but still you get a nice control over the file containers as well as the codecs and compression levels you may use should you need to. Of course there are already multiple profiles set for users that just want to press a few buttons and have the output video ready in no time and with good quality. But if you are a more advanced user you can tweak some of the parameters of the encoding process, depending on your specific requirements. The software supports output in the following common file containers: MKV, AVI, MP4, WMV, M2TS and TS.
Another good thing about this Blu-ray 3D ripper is the fact that it supports Nvidia CUDA GPU acceleration for the encoding process, meaning that you can get the video compressed much faster using the help of the GPU and not only relying on your processor. Of course having a fast multi-core processor can help, even when encoding with the video card as the H.264 MVC decoding done by the software apparently does not yet support GPU acceleration. With the help of CUDA GPU acceleration and a fast GPU you can get at up to real time recompression speed from Blu-ray 3D to 3D video, while with just a CPU the wait time to get the 3D video output is much longer.
If you need to have Blu-ray 3D ripping functionality then I’d suggest to give DVDFab’s Blu-ray 3D Ripper a try, you can download a trial version and play with it to see if it fits your needs. Have in mind that the trial version does place a watermark logo on the processed videos, so it is useful just for testing the functionality and playing a bit. The Blu-ray 3D Ripper software is currently being sold for $50 USD, but the guys at DVDFab run different promotions and offer occasional discounts for their software, so you can manage to get it even cheaper. I personally don’t need such functionality at the moment, but It was nice to try it and see that it was pretty easy to use and it worked quite well and problem free for the tests I’ve performed with multiple Blu-ray 3D media.