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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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CyberLink Has Released the PowerDVD 12 Video Player Software

February 4th, 2012 · 3 Comments · General 3D News


CyberLink has released the new version 12 of their PowerDVD video player software that also supports the playback of 3D videos and Blu-ray 3D movies. The new version 12 comes with some improvements and new features part of which are related to the stereoscopic 3D support that the software offers. PowerDVD 12 finally comes with support for converting normal 2D Blu-ray movies into stereoscopic 3D format in real time, so you may be able to enjoy some of your favorite 2D movies autoconverted in 3D format (if you are a fan of autoconversion to 3D). PowerDVD 12 also comes with support for 3D videos using the MK3D video format (file container). The new version also lets you choose your preferred 3D viewing method for viewing YouTube 3D videos, and you can also playback 2D videos from YouTube converted in stereo 3D format, using the TrueTheater 3D autoconversion feature of the software.

One more important change with the new PowerDVD 12 software is the stereo 3D support also becoming available to a Pro version of the player and not only available anymore in the Ultra version. The PowerDVD 12 Pro and Ultra pretty much offer the same set of stereoscopic 3D features, although the Ultra version still has some more extra features. Just a reminder that the Standard version of PowerDVD 12 does not have support for any of the 3D-related capabilities of the product and you will not be able to play stereo 3D content with it. PowerDVD 12 Ultra is available with a price of $99.95 USD and the PowerDVD 12 Pro is available for $79.9 USD, and upgrades from previous PowerDVD versions are available starting at $44.95 USD. Not that much reason to upgrade if you already have PowerDVD 10 or 11 Ultra and use it mainly for the playback of Bly-ray 3D or other 3D videos as the the focus this time seems to be placed mostly on extending the autoconversion from 2D to 3D. There is also a trial version available of the player that you can download and try the new features of PowerDVD 12.

For more information about the new CyberLink PowerDVD 12 software player…
To download the trial version of the new CyberLink PowerDVD 12 software…

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