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Cyberlink PowerDVD 10 is Available with Stereo 3D Support, Kind of…

March 20th, 2010 · 17 Comments · General 3D News

CyberLink has officially released their new PowerDVD 10 player that is supposedly first to offer Blu-ray 3D playback support and 2D to 3D real-time conversion of all kind of movies, but don’t be too happy yet. The currently available version of PowerDVD 10 still has quite limited stereoscopic 3D support with an update that will be called PowerDVD 10 Mark II coming this summer that is supposed to actually add support for Blu-ray 3D playback and the realtime 2D to 3D video conversions for all media files. Still the currently available version is not left alone with no stereo 3D features, but they are kind of quite limited and not that impressive after I checked them out with the free tiral version available to test the new video player. In the first version of PowerDVD 10 you only get 2D to 3D realtime video conversion of DVD Video content, which might be considered Ok by some people, but it is not worth buying the player now just because of that S3D feature. Unless of course if you buy the top version of PowerDVD 10 that is called Ultra 3D (will cost you $99.95 USD), because if you do so when Mark II update is out you’ll begetting it for free.

The good thing is that the stereoscopic 3D technologies supported are not limited to 3D Vision only (update to the latest drivers is recommended), there is also support available fore passive polarized displays (Zalman Trimon, Acer Aspire 3D etc.) and even 3D-ready HDTVs. The last one however currently refers only to 3D-ready DLP television sets and not the new equipped with HDMI 1.4 HDTVs with 3D capabilities. Although I suppose that in the Mark II version of PowerDVD 10 the 3D HDTV support will be upgraded in order to also work with the new 3D-ready hardware that uses the HDMI 1.4 stereoscopic 3D specs.

I’ve tried the 2D to 3D video conversion in real-time DVD Video that is currently the only stereoscopic 3D feature available in PowerDVD 10, including in the free trial version I’ve used for checking the feature out. It has turned out to be a bit of disappointment as Cyberlink seems to be taking the easy road by using the most basic conversion methods. I’m talking about the Pulfrich-like effect achieved by creating one frame offset and further enhancing it by additional frame deformation, so in the end what you can expect is nothing more than what is achieved by the freely available on this blog – 2D to 3D Realtime Video Conversion Script for Avisynth v0.3. And with the Avisynth script you can convert to pseudo stereo 3D just about any video file for free, unlike the currently limited to DVD Video functionality present in PowerDVD 10, so I’d suggest to wait for the competition or the Mark II version of PowerDVD before making a decision what to buy for Blu-ray 3D playback and real-time conversion of 2D video into pseudo 3D.

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

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17 responses so far ↓

  • 1 Cesar Sommer // Mar 20, 2010 at 01:57

    ohhh that is good news :)!!

  • 2 StarKnight // Mar 20, 2010 at 11:18

    Tested it and 3D conversion didn’t worked.
    I have Windows 7 64bit, Nvidia GeForce GTX295 and the latest beta drivers 197.13. When I start playing a DVD with 3D conversion enabled (3D Vision) it goes full screen and activates the glasses but only the right eye frames are shown, left eye ones are always empty (black) so I basically see the 2D movie on the right and a black screen on the left… LOL :-D

  • 3 Philip Heggie // Mar 20, 2010 at 16:49

    I bought it and 3d conversion works okay for my win 7 32 bit and 9800GT but I had to set the scene depth better using micro polarised screen mode then change back to 3d vision mode.

  • 4 craylon // Mar 20, 2010 at 17:01

    maybe its wishful thinking but wasn’t there a rumor a while back that nvidia would package something similar with their fermi cards?

  • 5 3D-dOOd // Mar 21, 2010 at 20:47

    Doesn’t work with Vista. Lame as hell. Same damn thing as Win 7….

  • 6 Joxy // Mar 22, 2010 at 00:21

    2D to 3D conversion doesn’t work for me in Win 7 x64. I was trying almost everything but the result – flickering black screen on my 2233RZ and that is with the last nVidia drivers also with Stereo drivers from 1.23 CD.

  • 7 Stewie T // Mar 22, 2010 at 02:25

    I’m getting the same problem as StarKnight. :(
    8800GT SLI Win7 x64.

  • 8 vesper8 // Mar 23, 2010 at 23:52

    omg it’s been 3 full days without new 3D news!!! I need a fix soon!! =D

  • 9 Louis // Mar 24, 2010 at 16:41

    The 3Dfier blog was talking about a (Taiwanese?) company pirating their software even under NDA and showed at CES. From Bloody’s feedback, it seems to be true. I would rather support the original innovator rather than copycats. Don’t buy copycat! It is a lot more expensive and don’t give you any better performance anyway…

  • 10 Bloody // Mar 29, 2010 at 18:03

    Yes, I suppose that this is the company they’ve mentioned…

  • 11 dzverdzer // Apr 2, 2010 at 13:54

    I tried to test it on vista x32 but it look`s like it`s not recognize my 3d vision. I even had instaled the latest drivers but the result is the same. Any1 have that problem?

  • 12 linewallker // May 5, 2010 at 00:30

    i have already tested d stereo on win7 64-bit and it seems to bee ok … only thing is problem with colours for stereoscopic vision … cyan-red chanal mixup … what sopoust to bee in cyan is red and what sopoust to bee red is cyan sou in the end is it all ends whit terrible headake :) … somebody know how change colors ? only problem for me :)

  • 13 Giuseppe // Jun 9, 2010 at 21:07

    I bought the Ultra version, but I don’t have in the options the Nvidia 3D Vision option like in the picture above. Please HELP !!!

  • 14 Bloody // Jun 9, 2010 at 22:35

    Don’t you have the 3D icon in the player menu? Have in mind that this is only for 2D to 3D conversion, Blu-ray 3D support is coming early next month with the Mark II update…

  • 15 Giuseppe // Jun 10, 2010 at 15:44

    Hello, Yes I have the 3D button, but under the options list I obly have:
    – No 3D Visualization
    – 3D Ready HDTV
    – Micro-polarizer….

    Where is the “120Hz” option ??????
    I have the last GeForce Drivers, Last 3D Vision drivers, Last PowerDVD Version….
    But that option???????

  • 16 Bloody // Jun 10, 2010 at 23:19

    That is an interesting problem Giuseppe, what hardware are you running the software on?

  • 17 andres // May 31, 2011 at 22:50

    hello, i recently added this new program cyberlink powerDVD 10, and its awsome, but maybe im stupid asking this but i need to know what kind of 3d glasses i have to use to what movies in my computer?, where can i buy or find the glasses? thanks if someone knows the answer please write me an e-mail please andresluquetta01@gmail.com

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