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Turn Your 3D PC into a 3D HDTV with the AVer3D CaptureHD TV Tuner

May 3rd, 2011 · 15 Comments · Other S3D Tech

If you already have a computer with 3D Vision-ready monitor and 3D Vision shutter glasses and are considering to get a 3D HDTV you may want to reconsider and get a TV Tuner that will bring additional 3D functionality, turning your PC into a 3D HDTV alternative. I’m talking about the AVerMedia AVer3D CaptureHD Hybrid TV Tuner that supports Analog and DVB-T broadcasts with built-in 2D to 3D conversion as well as the ability to display 3D content on compatible hardware. Furthermore this 3D TV Tuner can capture up to 1080i over Component and HDMI interface, so you can connect a Set-Top-Box that outputs 3D programming as well. You can say that pretty much the only thing that is missing is 1080p and HDMI 1.4 support, but if you already have a monitor like the Acer HN274H you would be able to connect devices using the frame packaging 3D format directly to the monitor. But even if you don’t have a 3D Vision system, you can still use the tuner’s 3D functionality with a passive 3D display or even with a normal one using the free pair of plastic red-cyan anaglyph glasses bundled with the TV Tuner.

The AVer3D CaptureHD TV Tuner uses PCI Express slot (not the older PCI), so make sure you have one available on your motherboard. If you look at the back of the tuner you may notice two HDMI connectors, but make no mistake only one of them is an actual HDMI input, the other one is just shaped like HDMI, but is used for connecting an extra cable for all the analog inputs that the card supports for capturing. As I’ve already mentioned the HDMI capture supports up to 720p or 1080i maximum resolution and you cannot record HDCP protected content, the component capture is also limited to 1080i resolution, the rest are lower resolution inputs. The card itself is half-height and although the standard bracket is for a full-height expansion card, there is a half-height bracket also included that you can use if you are building an HTPC with the AVer3D CaptureHD.

Moving to the software bundled with the tuner, it is called AVer MediaCenter 3D and is not just for using the tuner’s capabilities, but also allows you to play videos, photos and music you already have stored on your computer. Unfortunately no support for stereo 3D or 2D to 3D conversion of those is yet available. The 3D input playback and the 2D to 3D real-time conversion are only supported for the Analog and DVB-T TV, as well as the different inputs that the card supports. The latest version of the software that you can download from the manufacturer’s website is a bit strange, as every time you try to activate a 3D function it gives a warning that it is only supported for the TV functionality, but after that it activates for the video input you are getting captured as well.

The AVer MediaCenter 3D supports 2D, anaglyph red-cyan, micro-polarized 3D and 3D Vision as outputs for the content using the 3D functionality of the software (either being received in 3D or autoconverted in 3D). It only works with Side by Side or Top-Bottom input, so you get no HDMI 1.4 and frame packaged content. You can also tweak a bit the strength of the 2D to 3D autoconversion functionality and apparently that conversion is optimized for TV broadcasts as it is a bit strange in terms of realization, but it works quite well anyway.

With the AVer3D CaptureHD TV Tuner you can for example connect your Xbox 360 console and play games that support 3D output natively by using the Side by Side or Over/Under outputs from the console, but you cannot connect the PS3 and use it in 3D as it uses HDMI 1.4 frame packaging for outputting the stereo 3D content and this product does not work with such input. There is a little bit of extra input lag introduced when you play games through the capture functionality and if you display also adds a bit more you may get annoyed by the delay, so be careful with that. The 2D to 3D functionality can also be used for consoles or other devices connected to the capture ports of the TV Tuner, but have in mind that in order for it to work well you should have good quality and higher resolution if possible. Regarding analogue and DVB-T programs in 2D that you want to watch autoconverted in 3D, make sure you have good quality image as otherwise the converted image might not look that good.

For more information about the AVerMedia AVer3D CaptureHD TV Tuner…

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3DeeCentral 3D Photo and Video Library by SpatialView Now Available

January 7th, 2011 · 9 Comments · Other S3D Tech

SpatialView has launched their 3DeeCentral library of free and paid stereoscopic 3D content for 3D PC, mobile and internet connected devices. The content they offer is in the form of 3D photos and 3D videos and it should include the following genres: adventure, animation, music videos, nature, travel, sports and science fiction, although at the moment it is still quite limited and does not cover all of these. 3DeeCentral is accessible either through a 3DeeCentral application for iPhone/iPod, but in order to be able to watch 3D on your iOS device you also need a special accessory or through a client software for Windows 7-based PCs that is equipped with Nvidia’s 3D Vision, passive polarized display or together with a pair of simple anaglyph glasses.

For the owners of iPhone 3GS and 3-rd gen iPod, SpatialView is offering for a limited time only, a free 3DeeSlide when you first log in to 3DeeCentral, after you confirm (activate) your account. Otherwise you will have to purchase the 3DeeSlide accessory for your iOS device for $9.99 USD. Note that the iPhone 3G, iPod touch 2nd generation and all older devices are not supported and will not be supported in the future too. Support for the iPhone 4 and iPod touch 4th generation will be announced at a later date. Spatial View is currently working to develop a glasses free 3D Stereo solution for the iPad.

If you want to try the 3DeeCentral on your computer, then you must have Windows 7 operating system as the application will not work on older Vista or XP OSes, it doesn’t matter if your Windows 7 is 32 or 64-bit as they are both supported. After downloading and installing the application (it also installs the Xvid codec) you will have to register a free account and then you are ready to start browsing the 3D photo and 3D Video library that 3DeeCentral offers. The Windows version of the software for accessing the 3DeeCentral supports viewing of the 3D content for users that have 3D Vision, passive polarized solutions or red-cyan anaglyph glasses on a normal display. The software comes with a special player developed by SpatialView that should play the content you’ve downloaded, although I had some trouble running the software to actually play the free images and videos I’ve downloaded to test, but you might have more luck than me.

At the moment the 3DeeCentral has 43 3D videos in total out of which 9 are free for download and the prices for the paid content is between $0.99 and $4.99$ USD with the videos being mostly animation and documentary. The 3D image packs you have access to at the momenta are 6 in total out of which only 1 is free for download, for the paid packs you’ll have to be ready to pay between $0.99 and $2.99 USD. You should start by downloading the free 3D content, before actually deciding if everything is working fine for you and if you’d want to pay for other content if everything works Ok. SpatialView is looking for 3D content creators that are willing to be able to sell their 3D content to end users through their platform, so if you making good quality 3D videos and 3D photos and are interested, then you can contact them.

To download the 3DeeCentral application for iPhone/iPod from iTunes App Store…
To download the 3DeeCentral application for Windows 7 only PCs (32/64-bit supported)…

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MSI is Now Shipping Multi-touch and Stereo 3D-capable All-in-One PC

September 20th, 2010 · 4 Comments · Other S3D Tech

The new MSI Wind Top 2420 3D is apparently the first All-in-One PC that offers stereo 3D support and that also has a Multi-touch capable touchscreen integrated. The PC is equipped with 24-inch Full HD 1080p 3D-capable 120Hz LED backlit LCD panel, and has an integrated Intel Core i7 CPU and whatis interesting the ATI-based Radeon HD 5730 DirectX 11-capable discrete graphics card. We got a hint about that model a while ago thanks to iZ3D who listed some information about it on their website, so this means the AIO PC will be actually the first to offer stereoscopic 3D capabilities with shutter glasses and using ATI-based GPU thanks to the iZ3D driver. There are still some details unknown, but since the AE2420 3D-046US 3D-capable PC is already available for same from today in North America, we are probably not going to have to wait too much before someone gets it for a review or buys it and shares more information on the stereoscopic 3D implementation and capabilities it offers.

MSI AE2420 3D-046US PC Specifications

Display – 23.6″ Multi-Touch Widescreen (16:9), 120Hz LED back-light panel, 1920×1080
Graphics Card – ATI Mobility Radeon HD 5730 Discrete Graphic, 1GB VRAM
3D Glasses – One pair of Active Shutter Glasses
Processor – Intel Core i7-860 (2.8GHz)
Chipset – Intel H55 Express Chipset
Memory – 4GB DDR3 800MHz on board
HDD – 1TB SATA Hard Disk Drive
Optical Drive – Blu-Ray / DVD Burner Combo
Network – 802.11b/g/n Wireless, 10/100/1000 Gigabit LAN
Operating System – Windows 7 Home Premium 64bit
Speakers – Built-in 2×5W, Hi-Fi 7.1 channel with THX TRUSTUDIO PRO
Multimedia – 1.3MP Webcam with Microphone, 6-in-1 Card Reader (support SD/MMC/MS/XD), 2x USB 3.0 ports, 4x USB 2.0 ports, HDMI, Wireless multimedia keyboard and mouse
Power Supply – 180W Power Supply
Dimensions – 21.81″ x 15.89″ x 2.42″

Amazon already has the MSI AE2420 3D-046US AIO PC listed with a price of $1,799.99 USD. The configuration seems quite Ok for multimedia use like movies and photos in 3D and a little gaming in stereo 3D mode, but the Radeon HD 5730 graphics card is not the best choice for primary gaming solution even when not in stereo 3D mode, let alone for playing comfortably games in S3D mode with high-details and with Full HD resolution.

More about the MSI AE2420 3D-046US 23.6-Inch All-In-One Multi Touch Screen PC…

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