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NASCAR Live 3D Streaming Online for 3D Vision Owners On July 3rd

June 22nd, 2010 · 22 Comments · GeForce 3D Vision

The fans of NASCAR have a reason to be happy as on July 3, 2010 at 7:30 pm EST from Daytona International Speedway the NASCAR Coke Zero 400 race will start and it will be broadcasted online for the owners of 3D Vision. But unlike with the 3D streaming of the Masters Gold Tournament that required you to use the 3D Vision Video Player or the Stereoscopic Player, this time the broadcast will be based on the 3D streaming technology developed with Microsoft’s Silverlight and announced earlier this month. The side effect of using the new technology for streaming is that the broadcast will be available only if you own a 3D Vision equipped PC as on other 3D setups it will most likely not work.

The requirements for watching the live 3D stream of the NASCAR race is that you have a 3D Vision PC, the latest NVIDIA Driver (257.21 GPU and 3D Vision driver), and the latest Silverlight plug-in installed (v4.0.50401 or newer) as you’ll be watching the event through your browser. Currently it seems that there is an issue if you have SLI running with two or more video cards, so if you have trouble watching the 3D video stream just disable SLI for the moment and then reenable it after you finish watching. It sounds very easy, and the good news is that there is even a demo of the 3D streaming with the Silverlight already available, so that you can try if everything works fine before the actual live streaming in 3D starts. And hopefully there will be some recorded footage after the event to watch if you happen to miss the actual race.

More information about the 3D Streaming of the event on the official NASCAR website…

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22 responses so far ↓

  • 1 3d enthusiast // Jun 22, 2010 at 10:04

    This would be awesome if i could get it to work i went to the site and just saw side by side did the test your system link and it says i pass everything but monitor .. i have an Alienware OptX AW2310 and it’s set to 120 Hz no idea why it wont work. Thanks for pointing people with 3d capable pcs to new content :)

  • 2 3d enthusiast // Jun 22, 2010 at 10:16

    Yay i got it to work only thing is for me the video is a little glitchy / shakey. Is it like that for any 1 else or just me ?

  • 3 StarKnight // Jun 22, 2010 at 10:25

    Tested it and it doesn’t work… when I go to the demo if I use Firefox it says “tasting your system…” and stops… if I use IE8 it passes the test and opens a new window which goes fullscreen, activates the IR 3D emitter and then quits the fullscreen mode leaving the emitter on (!!!) In the new window I can see the movie which is messed up and not 3D at all. It seems Silverlight has a lot of work to do…

  • 4 Bloody // Jun 22, 2010 at 12:50

    You need to update to the latest CD 1.29 drivers (257.21) for 3D Vision and install the latest Silverlight for the things to work out smoothly… otherwise you might have issues. So before trying out the demo update your system… I’ve tested it after updating and it works quite well and in a window too, not just in full screen mode ;)

  • 5 Nafi // Jun 22, 2010 at 12:51

    It’s really awesome that we can stream 3D material over the net. It worked great for me using Internet Explorer. The only problem was as StarKnight said, it activates the IR 3D emitter and leaves it on even after exiting the window.
    Also, the resolution is so small that the 3D doesn’t look that good.
    It would be better to watch it in higher resolution and without 3D. Anyway it was a good way to test the new Silverlite feature. :)

  • 6 Bob K // Jun 22, 2010 at 14:00

    I have a Mitsubishi DLP and it’s not working. Tried Chrome & IE8. Chrome shows SBS video, IE8 shows 2D. I’ve upgraded drivers and silverlight, but no go. System test passes everything but monitor.

  • 7 Druid // Jun 22, 2010 at 15:15

    I’m running into the same problems as 3DEnthusiast and StarKnight although I do have the latest versions installed for both the Geforce/3DVision and Silverlight. The 3D mode does not kick in at all when using GoogleChrome and with IE8 only one of two frames (left or right eye) is enlarged to full screen and as said, is all glitchy and shaky but basically remains in 2D. The 3DVision Emitter is effectively turned on and screws up the monitor refresh rate, which won’t fix itself until the computer is restarted.

  • 8 Rhialto // Jun 22, 2010 at 20:15

    This will be my 1st 3D live event I will be watching, thanks to 3D streaming!
    Glad I have the 3D Vision kit. I’m happy it’s not only for 3DHDTV owners.
    Can’t wait to test this this evening…

  • 9 StarKnight // Jun 22, 2010 at 21:03

    Bloody , I’m already using the latest version of Nvidia drivers and Silverlight ! I don’t know why you made it work and I didn’t but on my system (Windows 7 64bit, Italian version) does exactly what Druid described in detail, so I presume is a bug of Silverlight and/or Nvidia.

  • 10 Bloody // Jun 22, 2010 at 21:52

    It is for IE and Firefox only, no point in trying with other browsers. I have no trouble with both IE8 and FireFox 3.6.3, Silverlight 4.0.50524.0 under Win 7 64-bit…

    Make sure that you’ve restarted after installing the latest GPU and 3D Vision drivers, and after updating Silverlight (at least close/open your browser), set your refresh rate to 120Hz (although it should be automatically switched when the video starts), try disabling the Aero (it should be disabled automatically when video starts).

    You may alternatively do a complete uninstall of the GPU and 3D Vision drivers and reinstall them cleanly, as I had the same issue what you seem to have before updating to the latest drivers (with 275.15 beta), but everything was just fine after installing the latest version.

  • 11 Pete // Jun 22, 2010 at 23:52

    Was really excited about this, but I am having the same problems.

    Ive got the correct drivers set up, Samsung 2233, silverlight installed, using IE, other apps working fine – but this wont jump into full screen mode.

    Am running multi-monitor, maybe thats giving it difficulty?

    Also, I just scratched my 3D vision glasses somehow. Do Nvidia do repairs? :(

  • 12 Pete // Jun 23, 2010 at 00:05

    My hunch was correct – disabling my secondary display made it work! Anyone else have any luck with that?

    To any Nvidia engineers reading this: test with multi-monitor!!!

  • 13 StarKnight // Jun 23, 2010 at 00:50

    Ok… I’ve found the bug. Silverlight doesn’t support multi-gpu mode which is enabled by default even if you have only one monitor (like me). Disabling multi-gpu on Nvidia’s control panel the video works flawlessly… re-enabling it stops working.

  • 14 3d enthusiast // Jun 23, 2010 at 02:26

    thanks alot starknight i turned of multi gpu and now it’s not glitching around runs sweet :)

  • 15 Bloody // Jun 23, 2010 at 08:35

    Yep, you are right about SLI causing all the problems… I’ve forgotten to reenable it after updating the drivers, enabling it again brought the same issue I’ve had with the 257.15 beta. So disable SLI for NASCAR ;)

  • 16 StarKnight // Jun 23, 2010 at 09:59

    Where can we report this bug to Nvidia or Microsoft ?
    On that site I couldn’t find a link to report bugs :-(

  • 17 Bryan // Jun 23, 2010 at 19:20

    I can’t get it to work with my 65″ Mitsubishi…man, I’m getting so tired of this crap. Why in the hell can’t these companies make products that work properly. Sheesh.

  • 18 Olivier DETRY // Jun 23, 2010 at 23:57

    It’s working for me with firefox, manual install of silverlight and latest drivers of GeForce and 3D vision.

    Also, note that this is NON FULL SCREEN video ;)

  • 19 Wikibear // Jun 24, 2010 at 01:28

    It works, but my lens are flickering so dont know why. First i will charge the lens and will test it next day. Hope thats ok after charging….

  • 20 anonymous // Jun 24, 2010 at 02:02

    StarKnight, you could use nvidia forums to report a bug. See http://forums.nvidia.com/index.php?showtopic=172061

  • 21 jcredible // Jun 24, 2010 at 02:10

    Boo, hopefully someone makes some videos of it. I have 3D vision drivers, but I have a Zalman display :(

  • 22 Henrik // Jun 24, 2010 at 23:35

    Pretty cool. Im sure we will see more of this later on. Also cool that it was working in silverlight inside the browser even while not in full screen. Nice

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