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What Has Happened with Roxio’s Cineplayer BD With 3D Software

May 13th, 2012 · 5 Comments · General 3D News

There have been only four software Blu-ray 3D players for PC available allowing you to play Blu-ray 3D movies on your computer running Windows operating system – Arcsoft TotalMedia Theatre, Corel WinDVD, Cyberlink PowerDVD and Roxio CinePlayer BD. But now it seems that Roxio CinePlayer BD with 3D is gone for good and it has been “replaced” with Roxio CinePlayer with 3D as if the Blu-ray 3D-capable software never existed. If you are wondering what is the reason for that, well it is most likely due to the fact that Corel bought the Roxio product line earlier this year and they have probably decided to kill the Roxio CinePlayer with 3D software in favor of their Corel WinDVD Pro 11 solution that plays back Blu-ray 3D movies…

So a the moment you only get to choose between three different software solutions if you want to be able to play back Blu-ray 3D movies on your computer and these are: Arcsoft TotalMedia Theatre 5, Corel WinDVD 11 Pro or Cyberlink PowerDVD 12 Pro/Ultra. If I have to rate those three personally I’d go first with Cyberlink PowerDVD 12, then Arcsoft TotalMedia Theatre 5 and the third one would be Corel WinDVD 11 Pro. Which one of these are you using and is there someone still with Roxio CinePlayer BD with 3D that is not very happy with Corel practically getting rid of that product after acquiring the Roxio product line?

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ArcSoft TotalMedia Theatre 3 Platinum With Blu-ray 3D Support Plugin

June 5th, 2010 · 8 Comments · General 3D News

It seems that ArcSoft has managed to beat the competition by actually being the first company that offers Blu-ray 3D support for its premiere product for playing back movies and videos – ArcSoft TotalMedia Theatre 3 Platinum. The company has released a 3D Plug-In for TotalMedia Theatre 3 Platinum called Sim3D that supposedly adds Blu-ray 3D Movie decoding capabilities as well as stereo 3D video playback and 2D to 3D photo and video conversion features. You need to have the TotalMedia Theatre 3 Platinum already installed (priced at $89.99 USD) and then get the Sim3D Plugin and install it (another $19.99 USD) to make everything work so the total cost for this solution if you don’t already have the TMT3 Platinum software goes to $109,98 USD which is quite expensive, but if you already have the main software the plugin comes quite cheap.

The Sim3D plugin does support Blu-ray 3D playback, 2D to 3D conversion for DVD Video and video clips as well as 2D photos and stereo 3D video files playback if they are in Side by Side or Over/Under format. You should however note that Sim3D currently does not support 2D to 3D conversion form 2D Blu-ray movies, although you can probably find a workaround over this by using software such as AnyDVD HD.

The 3D displays modes supported by the Sim3D plugin are anaglyph red-cyan 3D on a normal displays, PageFlip mode for 120Hz LCD displays including 3D Vision support, Line Interleaved mode for display using passive polarization and Checkerboard mode for 3D DLP TVs. No word on support for the new wave of HDMI 1.4(a)-based 3D HDTVs, but this may come as well with a later updates as otherwise you’ll have to use external hardware Blu-ray 3D player to play the movies on such a new 3D HDTV.

For more details about ArcSoft’s Sim3D Plugin for TMT 3 Platinum…

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CyberLink Has Opened a 3D Zone with Blu-ray 3D Information

May 30th, 2010 · No Comments · General 3D News

It seems that Cyberlink is in the final preparations to get out their new Power DVD 10 Ultra 3D software that will have support for Blu-ray 3D Playback on Nvidia’s 3D Vision and other stereoscopic 3D setups. Actually PowerDVD 10 Ultra 3D is already available and there is also a trial version available for download, but it only contains an option to convert 2D DVD Video to stereo 3D and the actual support for Blu-ray 3D movies should come sometime this summer, so quite soon. But back to the news, the 3D Zone mini-website is an interesting initiative where you can find explanations about 3D technology – what is it, how it works, different solutions for 3D playback, more about Blu-ray 3D, some ideas to build a 3D home theater system, information on how to use the TrueTheater 3D function (2D t 3D conversion) in PowerDVD 10 and a downloadable 3D Video and Blu-ray 3D White Paper (requires you to fill a form to get a download link). So you should check the 3D Zone website and download the 35 page White paper to get some interesting and useful information, and if you still haven’ tried the 2D DVD Video to Stereo 3D functionality called TrueTheater 3D you can download the 30 day trial version of PowerDVD 10 Ultra 3D. The full version of the software that will include the Blu-ray 3D playback functionality is currently being sold for $94.95 USD by Cyberlink.

To visit the 3D Zone mini-website at Cyberlink for more information…
To download the PowerDVD 10 Ultra Free Trial version (30 days trial)…

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