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Stereo 3D Video Playback on Acer Iconia Tab W700 Windows 8 Tablet

November 9th, 2012 · 1 Comment · Other S3D Tech


Cyberlink has recently announced full compatibility with the new Windows 8 OS in the latest update for their PowerDVD 12 software allowing you to playback Blu-ray 3D movies and stereoscopic 3D videos on systems using the new operating system. Cyberlink has also released PowerDVD Mobile for Windows 8, a software that is specially optimized for multimedia playback on tablets with Windows 8 (note it is Windows 8, not ARM-based tablets with Windows RT), offering similar tile-based interface like the one of the Windows 8 Start menu. I was however more interested in trying PowerDVD 12 on a Windows 8-based tablet and luckily I’ve had an Acer Iconia Tab W700 handy to test with. The Acer W700 tablet uses Mobile Intel HM77 Express chipset and comes with a 3rd Generation Intel Core i5-3317U Processor and an integrated Intel HD Graphics 4000 along with a micro HDMI connector for use with external displays, making it a perfect combination for playing back 3D movies and videos. The hardware does offer support for Intel’s InTru 3D technology that is required in order to be able to output 3D content using HDMI 1.4 frame packaging for example to Blu-ray 3D movies on compatible 3D HDTVs or other 3D-capable displays.



Unlike on a computer used for work, desktop or laptop, where I really don’t like much the new Tile-based Start menu, a real productivity killer for me, on a tablet it is really handy. The Acer W700 tablet comes with a 1920×1080 resolution IPS LCD panel in an 11.6-inch display which is not a problem for the Start menu, but makes the standard Desktop and everything running there quite small and hard to use just with the touch panel (adding a wireless Bluetooth mouse is a kind of a solution). So the new PowerDVD Mobile for Windows 8 could actually be quite handy when you don’t need 3D support as it plays back not only video, but also music and photos. Using the standard PowerDVD menu is not a problem with the touchscreen display of the W700, however when playing back 3D videos you’d probably want to have a mouse handy due to the specific requirements in order to be able to make things work. You’ll have to select the external 3D HDTV in my case a Panasonic 3D Plasma to be the only monitor in order for PowerDVD to detect and activate properly the 3D support of the Intel GPU (not Clone or Extend Displays). So you end up with a working touchscreen on the tablet, but no image on the tablet and the image displayed on the bigger 3D HDTV, believe me it is not very easy to navigate this way, so a mouse is a must have. Other than that everything is working just fine, 3D videos play just fine and the 3D mode is automatically activated on the display. If you want to be able to play Blu-ray 3D movies you’ll need to either get an external Blu-ray device that uses USB interface (the tablet comes with USB 3.0 support) or to backup the Blu-ray 3D movie into an image file that you can transfer to the tablet.

I should warn you that not every tablet out there with Windows 8 will be able to play stereoscopic 3D video on an external 3D-capable display like the Acer Iconia Tab W700 is capable of. The reason for that is the fact that the more affordable tablets with Windows 8 do not come with Core i-series of processors, but instead use the relatively new Intel Atom Dual-Core Processor Z2760 that according to Intel has been designed especially for Windows 8 tablets. This Intel Atom processor doe not come with graphics supporting HDMI 1.4 or the InTru 3D technology, two things that are required for playing back 3D video on active 3D-capable displays – 3D HDTVs, 3D Projectors or 3D monitors. You could still be able to make this work with passive 3D HDTV though by using direct Row Interleaved output to the TV set instead of relying on HDMI 1.4’s frame packaging method. This however will still probably be a no-go option for Blu-ray 3D movies as the Atom processor will probably not be powerful enough to decode the 3D MVC streams in real time, though I still haven’t personally tried that, but it should work Ok with most 3D videos.

I’m also interested to see some ARM-based tablets running Windows RT, wondering how these will handle stereoscopic 3D content if they can. Actually I’m not sure if the RT version will have native stereoscopic 3D support like the Windows 8 does and Microsoft isn’t helping much in telling us clearly if it does or not. Not to mention the fact that Windows RT will have much less software available for it initially, but still it is interesting to see what Microsoft has come up with on that front as well.

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AOC d2757Ph is a New 27-inch Passive 3D Monitor with IPS Panel

November 6th, 2012 · 7 Comments · General 3D News


Following the release of the AOC d2357Ph 23-inch passive 3D monitor with thin bezel earlier this year (5.8 mm thin frame), AOC has just announced a new larger model with the same style and functionality – the AOC d2757Ph. The new bigger model uses LED backlight IPS panel, supports HDMI 1.4 interface with frame packaging as well as row interleaved 3D and comes with built-in 2D to 3D conversion capabilities. Another interesting feature of the d2757Ph is that it comes with a detachable stand, which allows to transforms the display in no time at all into a large presentation monitor or giant digital picture frame. This also makes it a perfect second display for your notebook. The new 27-inch FPR (Film-type Patterned Retarder) 3D monitor from AOC comes with 2 pairs of polarized 3D glasses, 1 normal and 1 clip on for people wearing prescription glasses. And it is bundled with the TriDef 3D software for stereoscopic 3D gaming support on your PC.

AOC d2757Ph 3D Monitor Specifications:

– Monitor Size: 27″ (68.6cm)
– Panel type: IPS, LED backlight
– Viewing Angle: 178°/178° (CR 10)
– Response Time: 5ms
– Maximum Brightness: 250 cd/m²
– Contrast Ratio: 20.000.000:1, 1.000:1 (typical)
– Pixel / Dot / Pitch: 0.311 (H) x 0.311 (V)
– 3D technology type: 3D FPR (Passive 3D)
– Maximum Resolution: 1920×1080@60 Hz
– Video Connectors: 1x D-SUB 15, 2x HDMI 1.4
– Power Consumption: On: <29 W, Standby: <0.5 W, Off: <0.5 W

The AOC d2757Ph passive 3D monitor should be available on the market starting sometime in this month with a recommended retail price of 319 EURO or £259 (UK Pounds) in Europe.

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First Impressions From Himedia HD900A 3D Multimedia Player

November 1st, 2012 · No Comments · Other S3D Tech


There have been a lot of Realtek 1186-based multimedia players released on the market in the last year, but interestingly enough they were only coming from different Asian brands and none of the Western brands has decided to release a decent player based on this chipset. The most interesting thing about the Realtek 1186 chipset is the fact that it supports 3D playback and output via HDMI 1.4 frame packaging, making it a perfect choice for people looking for a standalone 3D-capable video player. In fact the devices based on this chipset are not only capable of playing 3D video clips, but also Blu-ray 3D movies from ISO image as well as 3D photos. This makes them as a great addition to a 3D HDTV or a 3D-capable projector with HDMI 1.4 input eliminating the need for an HTPC for the playback of 3D content, covering all your 3D multimedia playback needs in a more portable, silent and less power hungry device. Of course for those of you that would also want to play games in stereoscopic 3D mode an HTPC or even a more powerful gaming PC would still be required, but for 3D videos and photos a Realtek 1186-based multimedia player could be the perfect choice. Now, initially when the first such devices started hitting the market there were quite a ot of issues with the software, but now about a year later most of these should have already been resolved via firmware updates.



I was a bit skeptical at first when the first Realtek 1186 devices were announced, not to mention that these have been quite hard to get a hold of initially, unless you wanted to order them from China, but after I was able to test one of these players in the form of Himedia HD900A I was quite pleasantly surprised how nice it was. I was surprised by the fact that most of the Realtek 1186-based devices do some in quite big size with the option for to insert an internal 3.5″ HDD in them for storing the multimedia files, and only a few are actually much smaller and portable without the option for an internal hard drive. One such device is the HD900A from Himedia that has an option to connect a 2.5″ SATA HDD externally if you need to, however with the presence of a 802.11n WiFi, Gigabit wired LAN, two USB ports (USB 2.0) and a flash card reader the need for an internal or external HDD isn’t that big, at least for me that is. The compact size was actually more important when I went to try Himedia HD900A instead of another device, because in terms of software features all of these devices should offer very similar functionality. Another interesting feature of the Realtek 1186 platform is the ability to run Android applications, kind of in the recent trend of Smart TVs where you can install apps, so with the help of such a player you also get a stripped down Android 2.2 OS and you can install Android applications.



I’ve already mentioned that the player does support HDMI 1.4 frame packaging output, so it automatically activates the 3D mode on your 3D-capable TV set, monitor or projector when you play back a 3D movie, for example a backup of a Blu-ray 3D movie you own from a USB drive in the form of an ISO image (it works quite well most of the time, though there might be some limitations or issues with some movies). If you open up a Side by Side or Over/Under (Top/Bottom) format 3D video clip you need to call up the menu of the player and select the proper input mode of the 3D video you are going to play. Bot Side by Side and Top/Bottom format 3D videos are supported and the player also has an option to convert a 2D video into a 3D one, though as with most such 2D to 3D conversion algorithms the end result is usually not that great. The only drawback, not a big one, here is the fact that the 3D HDTV or other 3D-capable playback device needs to switch to a 3D mode such as 1080p 24Hz 3D mode when you activate the 3D mode and unfortunately there is no 1080p 24Hz mode available in the list of the output resolutions of the player.



The situation with 3D photos is more interesting, though you may actually see that these devices are not being advertised as 3D photo capable they actually do come with a good 3D photo support. For example if you open up a MPO 3D photo you get it displayed in 3D automatically and you can select to view it in 2D (only the left view) plus some extra options for Side by Side and top/Bottom format that you don’t actually need for MPO format. And with JPS photos for example you only get to see 2D and 3D option when you call up the menu as they are automatically recognized, so the Himedia HD900A is also a good player for 3D photos when you want to show them to more people on a large screen 3D HDTV for example.

In the end I was quite pleasantly surprised by the fact how well the Himedia HD900A 3D multimedia player works and handles not only 2D video, but 3D content as well. That, together with the fact that the price especially fo this model is quite good definitely makes it an attractive solution for people looking for compact 3D-capable standalone multimedia players. Though there are more options for larger devices based on Realtek 1186 that come with an option to install a HDD inside them and with some other extras such as eSATA and USB 3.0 support, information displays etc., but these do come at a higher price of course. The only problem that remains with pretty much most of these 3D-capable players is that they are not that easily found on most markets, but you always have the ability to order one from China if you can’t find it locally. You should be able to find Himedia HD900A for sub $150 USD…

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