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Clearing up things about ATI’s Stereoscopic 3D Support

October 27th, 2009 · 25 Comments · General 3D News

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Do you remember my post regarding the supposedly “new” feature in the ATI’s Radeon HD 5000 series GPUs actually offering Stereoscopic 3D support of some kind about two weeks ago (Is ATI preparing an alternative to Nvidia’s GeForce 3D Vision?)? Back then I suggested that ATI is trying to push a third party feature, claiming it is something new in their new GPUs, like IZ3D’s driver support for instance and it turns out I was right on the spot. Today I’ve just got a confirmation from the local ATI PR guy that they indeed meant that and that there is actually nothing coming directly from ATI:

Our graphics cards can drive various 3D display devices as long as the user has the correct middleware. Two middleware companies we are working with are Dynamic Digital Depth, and iZ3D.

So DDD’s TriDef software and IZ3D’s drivers do support ATI, but they do not specifically require you to have ATI Radeon HD 5000 series GPU as they will also work on older cards based on ATI graphic processors and the thing is that these two companies actually produce GPU manufacturer independent stereoscopic 3D solutions. In plain words this means that both TriDef and Iz3D will work regarding the type of your GPU, so not only on ATI, but also on Nvidia hardware… so can this be considered as a new feature only on Radeon HD 5000 series? If you ask me it cannot as there is actually nothing new that requires you to have the latest ATI GPUs to use both of these solutions, not to mention that you don’t need to have an ATI graphic processor at all. The only thing that is good to have is at least a middle-end video card, preferably a high-end one, because when playing in S3D your GPU performance is a key factor, so getting the new ATI-based video cards are only good because of having a lot of raw power for processing. Still I might prefer getting Nvidia VGA and use it with 3D Vision as it has better game support (not only), more user friendly (although not completely problem free), oh wait… I do have a 3D Vision setup (among a few others) and an Nvidia GPU already … ;)

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Shattered Horizon Beta and 3D Vision Compatibility

September 11th, 2009 · No Comments · Stereo 3D Games

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I’ve taken down this article due to a request from Futuremark Games Studio, you can expect it revised and back online after the game exits beta stage and the final version is out in the wild. And of course I do hope that the final Shattered Horizon will have great S3D compatibility not only with Nvidia’s 3D Vision, but with other Stereoscopic 3D systems too. ;)

For more information about the upcoming game Shattered Horizon…

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DepthQ s3D Flash WebPlayer

August 18th, 2009 · 4 Comments · General 3D News

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The company Lightspeed Design started showcasing their new DepthQ s3D WebPlayer that can allow the easy streaming of SD and HD video online over your web browser with very good quality and results. The s3D WebPlayer is using Flash technology to deliver the anaglyph content the the demo videos are looking very good even when looked with not so fancy Stereo 3D technology such as the quite popular and very affordable anaglyph one. You just need a pair of normal paper anaglyph glasses (red/cyan filters) and an up to date version of the flash player installed for the browser you are currently using and you are ready to watch high quality anaglyph stereo videos without having to cope up with the normal compression artifacts you normally see when streaming this type of videos. At the moment you can only see example video with the DepthQ s3D Flash WebPlayer streamed from their website and the video actually has quite nice color reproduction that you don’t normally expect when watching stereo anaglyph videos. This is done thanks to the specially optimized anaglyph mode that the company is using instead of the normal mode, when colors are not so easily percepted and the videos usually don’t have very good colors.

For more information and a demo of DepthQ s3D Flash WebPlayer…

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