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Mitsubishi Adds HDMI 1.4a S3D Support for Their 2010 3D DLP HDTVs

November 16th, 2010 · 5 Comments · General 3D News


The owners of a 2010 model of a Mitsubishi 3D DLP HDTV have a reason to be happy, as the company announced it will make available a free software update to owners of 738 and 838 series 3D DLP Home Cinema TVs that will add support for stereoscopic 3D video transmission using the specifications defined in the HDMI 1.4a standard. The software updates for the 738 and 838 series Mitsubishi 3D-ready TVs will be available later today and will support all mandatory 3D signal formats prescribed by HDMI 1.4a, so all upgraded Mitsubishi 738 and 838 3D TVs will now be compatible with sources such as Blu-ray 3D players and satellite and cable 3D set-top boxes and 3D-capable game consoles, without the need for a special 3D adapter.

The new 3D TV software upgrade will be downloaded automatically and free-of-charge to 738 and 838 series Mitsubishi 3D DLP Home Cinema TVs that are connected to the internet. For those 738 and 838 series Mitsubishi TVs not connected to the internet, there are two options for integrating the 3D TV software upgrade. Owners can download the free software to a USB stick, which can then be input to the TV for a complete and simple upgrade. For those owners who do not wish to download the free software, Mitsubishi will provide upon request a USB stick with the software upgrade pre-loaded for a nominal fee. After the update of the software to version 012.06 the Mitsubishi 738 series and 838 series 3D televisions will support the 3D signals known as Frame Packing 1080p/24Hz and 720p/60Hz (primarily from Blu-ray players and gaming consoles), Side-by-Side in 1080i/60Hz, 1080p/24Hz/30Hz/60Hz and 720p/60Hz, Top/Bottom in 1080p/24Hz and 720p/60Hz, and Checkerboard 1080p/60Hz.

This will for sure make the owners of models from this year quite happy and may bring more consumers interested into the more affordable 3D DLP solutions with larger diagonal that Mitsubishi is offering as compared to the 3D-capable LCD and Plasma TVs. Still, although the newer TV’s will understand the HDMI 1.4a standards for stereo 3D without the need of additional hardware, they will not be able to display 3D content in Full HD resolution, because they use the DLP checkerboard pattern for showing the 3D content. But then again the 3D LCD and Plasma HDTVs only support 24Hz 3D mode in Full HD resolution too and that is only good for movies and for comfortable gaming in S3D you again have to go to the lower 720p at 60Hz 3D mode. And the owners of earlier models of Mitsubishi 3D DLP HDTVs can still get HDMI 1.4a stereo 3D support with the help of the additional Mitsubishi 3DA-1 3D Adapter that sells for $99 USD.

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PowerDVD 10 Ultra Mark II Update is Now Officially Available

July 6th, 2010 · 33 Comments · General 3D News


As promised Cyberlink has released the Mark II update for PowerDVD 10 that adds support for Blu-ray 3D Movie playback capabilities to the software player. The Mark II patch is free for the owners of Ultra version of the software and updates PowerDVD 10 Ultra to PowerDVD 10 Ultra build 1830. There is also an updated trial version of the player available that should also come with the improved 2D to 3D conversion algorithm. Now the big question is when we are going to have some live action movies in stereo 3D format available on Blu-ray 3D media, but not documentaries, as we already have a few animated movies released that do look good in 3D…

I’m also currently doing a comparison between PowerDVD 10 Ultra Mark II and ArcSoft’s Total Media Theatre 3 Platinum + Sim3D Plugin as at this moment only these two software players can provide you with support for playing back Blu-ray 3D movies from your computer. But that comparison will most likely be finished in a few days, so stay tuned for more information on the topic… ;)

- To download and test the CyberLink PowerDVD 10.0 new trial version of the player…

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Upgrading your Acer Aspire 3D laptop with latest TriDef Software

December 15th, 2009 · 24 Comments · Other S3D Tech

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If you are an owner of Acer Aspire 3D AS-5738DG laptop you should know that this mobile computer uses DDD’s TriDef software to provide Stereoscopic 3D support for pictures, video and games. The laptop comes preloaded with an OEM version of the TriDef 3D software that is already not very up to date and if you use the built-in update checker you’ll get information that there is no update available for your software. But on the other hand you can download the latest TriDef 3D Software version 4.1.3 (just released today) and install it over the version that came with your laptop. The good news is that the latest software will work on your laptop and you’ll be able to take advantage of the latest features available in TriDef 3D Media Player 6.5.5 and TriDef 3D Ignition 2.4.6.

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The only thing that you need to do after updating the TriDef software this way is to select the type of display the Aspire 3D laptop has, because the software will not recognize it automatically and in the OEM version only the needed mode was available. In order to do that you need to run the TriDef 3D Control Panel and select Line Interlaced (1366×768) mode or just Line Interlaced if you are going to use other resolutions than the native one by the laptop. But if you consider doing that you’ll also have to disable the automatic scaling of the image to fill the whole screen when using lower resolutions, otherwise you’ll lose the Stereoscopic 3D usability because of the different size of the stretched pixels.

- To download the latest TriDef 3D Software for your Acer Aspire 3D laptop…

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