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MVC to AVI 3D Video Converter Software by Peter Wimmer

May 31st, 2011 · 7 Comments · Other S3D Tech

Peter Wimmer, the author of the Stereoscopic Player, has released another interesting and useful 3D tool, namely the MVC to AVI Converter that can convert MPEG Transport Stream files (*.mts and *.ssif) as well as MP4 files (*.mp4) that use the new H.264 MVC codec used in Blu-ray 3D discs as well as some consumer 3D camcorders into AVI files with different compression. The idea of the converter is that it can easily convert the still hardly supported by any editors H.264 MVC 3D video files into a format that is widely accepted and can be easily used. Have in mind that this tool is not a Blu-ray 3D ripper and it will not remove any content protection that might be applied to a Blu-ray 3D media, the software is targeted more for users of 3D cameras that record in the MVC 3D format.

The Multi-view-coding (MVC) H.264 encoding format is slowly starting to get adopted by more devices and software, but still working with 3D video files in it can be a real pain. So with the help of the MVC to AVI Converter you can get two separate AVI files, one for the left and one for the right eye as well as the original or PCM decompressed audio in the left video file that you can easily import in your favorite video editor or further process to make them in Side by Side format for example. The tool supports different codecs that you have installed on your system for the video compression, so you have some flexibility.

Have in mind that the MVC to AVI Converter is a commercial software, but you can download a free trial version to try, it however places a watermark on the outputted video, so it is just for testing, before deciding if you need it. A private non-commercial license will cost you 19 Euro (~27 USD) and for a commercial license for the software you will have to pay 49 Euro (~70 USD).

To download and try the MVC to AVI Converter 0.2.0 software…
And here you can download a short test MVC H.264 compressed video…

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VIP 3D-Gamer is an HDMI 1.4 to 3D DLP Projectors Video Converter

January 19th, 2011 · 5 Comments · Other S3D Tech

It seems that the Optoma 3D-XL adapter may have a cheaper alternative that can be available on the market earlier, but with a bit more limited functionality. There is a new company called Video Innovation Products (VIP) that should soon start shipping their VIP 3D-Gamer conversion adapter that can have HDMI 1.4(a) stereo 3D input and output frame sequential stereo 3D that can be understood by 3D DLP projector. This means that you should be able to connect your PlayStation 3 console via this adapter to a 3D DLP projector and play games in stereo 3D mode. The adapter is just converting between the formats, so for the projector you would still be using a pair of traditional DLP Link glasses. The adapter might also be able to turn your 3D DLP projector into a compatible with 3DTV Play for gaming as well, although that needs to be verified if it will work when the converter becomes available in the beginning of February. The price announced for the VIP 3D-Gamer video conversion adapter is $199 USD and you can buy it also bundled with a pair of DLP Link glasses for $259 USD (the glasses do look very much like 3D Vision) or a separate pair of glasses for $79 USD each.

The VIP 3D-Gamer product is designed only for gamers and supports only the 720p 50Hz/60Hz 3D modes as input over HDMI 1.4(a), it is however not compatible with the 1080p 24Hz 3D resolution used for movies. This simply means that you will not be able to use this adapter together with a standalone Blu-ray 3D player to watch on your 3D DLP projector, but the company apparently has another more flexible solution for 3D movie lovers. They should also soon start offering a 3D-Displayer and 3D-Theater products that will offer more features and support both the gaming and movie playing in stereo 3D coming from all kinds of 3D-ready devices using HDMI 1.4(a) and being played back on a big screen supplied by a 3D DLP projector, as well as some other ore advanced features. But these products will probably be more expensive and will probably compete with the Optoma 3D-XL adapter both in terms of features and price and they will most likely be released at the same time too.

But back to the coming very soon VIP 3D-gamer product. Aside from only supporting 720p 50/60Hz 3D input you will also need to have a 3D DLP projector that has and HDMI input and that is with native resolution of 720p (able to output 720p in stereo 3D mode) like for example the Acer H5360 or Optoma HD66. The adapter itself is apparently powered over a mini-USB port, so you will probably need to have a device to plug it in or an USB power adapter, but the USB port might as well be usable for lets say firmware upgrades. You should also have in mind that that Side by Side or Above/Below inputs are not being supported as of this moment as only the HDMI 1.4(a) frame packaging format can be translated into frame sequential stereo 3D. And as will all image processing devices you should be aware of the fact that adding the VIP 3D-Gamer adapter may introduce slight additional lag on top of any possible lag that the projector may already have. Now let us wait a bit more and see what the first people that get the device will report about it…

You can check Video Innovation Products’ (VIP) official website for a bit more information

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