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DDD TriDef 3D Software Has Been Updated to Version 4.4

December 24th, 2010 · 4 Comments · General 3D News

I haven’t covered new driver updates from DDD and their TriDef 3D Software for a while, but that doesn’t mean the company has stopped working on their software. Just in time for Christmas comes a new update version 4.4 that brings even more improvements and fixes, with it DDD claims to have support for over 420 games – 383 with DDD game profiles and 50+ with user submitted profiles. There is also improved NVIDIA 3D Vision interoperability (for multimedia playback), new game profiles added for FIFA 09, 11, Lost Planet 2, NBA 2K9, Allods Online, The Settlers II – 10th Anniversary, and other games. An interesting update for the TriDef 3D Media Player is the addition of support for .srt and .sub subtitle file formats.

The previous updates were not that significant, but what is noticeable as a trend is that DDD is quite active lately and has been constantly adding a lot of new game profiles with every single update. And that is a good thing, especially since not every user will want to tweak or create his own profile in order to play games in stereo 3D, so this activity is much appreciated. Since version 4.3.1 when the support for AMD HD3D technology on ATI Radeon HD 5000 series and AMD Radeon HD 6000 series cards was added DDD had 329 profiles for games made by them and now they are 383 (over 50 new profiles for two months). On the other hand iZ3D has been quite silent as usual in terms of updates and since the late October official release of their iZ3D Driver version 1.12 they haven’t had any update.

To download the latest version 4.4 of the DDD TriDef 3D Software…

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Catalyst 10.10 Drivers Introduce Support for the AMD HD3D Technology

October 24th, 2010 · 8 Comments · Other S3D Tech

AMD is again talking about stereo 3D support after the announcement of the new Radeon HD 6000 series and the release of the new Catalyst 10.10 video drivers, but they are still giving us just some tiny bits of information, so we can’t yet get the whole picture. I mean that the more tiny bits of information they give use, the more questions they raise, instead of answering them…

Lets get back a bit in time, here is a part of the Release Notes from the Catalyst 10.3 drivers talking about the stereo 3D support regarding the Radeon HD 5000 series. Of course that announcement was there, but nothing was happening other than some products being demonstrated that were based on the technology in some tech shows. They were demonstrated, but yet again no information was available…

Now, a few months later in the just made available Catalyst 10.10 drivers and more specifically in their Release Notes we again have something similar. This time it is the announcement of support for the AMD HD3D Technology that was a part of the announcement of the new 6000-series of GPUs. And yet again we are really short on information, although we now have some announcements for S3D supported products that are becoming available or will soon be on the market.

It seems that AMD loves to be “open” on initiatives, but not open on information about them. Their main partners, namely the companies iZ3D and DDD who are responsible for providing the software that is supposed to provide the auto-conversion of the 3D games to stereoscopic 3D format are also quite short on details. Both iZ3D and DDD are providing some automated checkers if you have a compatible system, with DDD saying that Radeon HD 5000 and 6000 series of GPUs are the only supporting the AMD HD3D technology as well as making some promotions to get the software they offer.

It is interesting to note that DDD has released a new version of their TriDef 3D software finally adding support for DirectX 10 and DirectX 11 games, as well as support for AMD HD3D technology for 5000/6000 series of GPUs. Checking out the new DDD TriDef Igntion reveals that there is now support for HDMI 1.4a for 3D HDTVs as well as HP’s Envy 17 3D laptop, but nothing more for a generic 120Hz LCD monitor for example. So if you have an ATI/AMD GPU and a 3D-capable HDTV you may download and try the HDMI 1.4a mode thanks ot the fact that DDD offers 14-day trial for their TriDef Ignition software and you are also welcome to report your findings here.

iZ3D also has finally released an updated official version 1.12 of their driver with official support for 120Hz 3D Devices. iZ3D also reveals some interesting facts about the support of their driver for the recently announced Viewsonic V3D241wm-LED 3D Display, like for example that the driver will also work with Radeon HD 4000 series of GPUs as well as Nvidia video cards. The iZ3D Driver now has a single generic 120Hz mode that is probably supposed to be used with 120Hz LCD monitors like the one from Viewsonic, but nothing for HDMI 1.4a output for example. And the now so good news for the people that probably had some hopes for getting some sort of support for their 3D-capable HDMs are left out with nothing, even the previously somewhat working support using the generic shutter modes is now gone…

Still we are left out without a lot of information, for example regarding the HDMI 1.4a support that will ensure compatibility with the new wave of stereoscopic 3D-capable HDTVs, and what about the support for the older 3D DLP HDTVs. Will we be able to use older cards, before the newest 6000-series that do have HDMI 1.4a hardware, like for example 4000 or 5000 series that do have older HDMI hardware, but that is actually not something that may stop you from implementing support for the HDMI 1.4(a) frame packing format for stereo 3D content, however did AMD do it or not? Then again the very important question for the current owners of 3D Vision-capable 120Hz 3D LCD monitors – will they be able to use their monitors with an AMD video card and a pair of shutter glasses if they just get the glasses and the video card? I do hope to soon be able to get my hands on some of the first 3D-capable products based on the new AMD S3D technology in order to be able to find out all the details I need and am sure a lot of you also want to know, but the bigger question here is why we aren’t getting this information officially form AMD? I mean if you are the leader on the market and have no competition you can do pretty much whatever you want, keeping the customers in the dark, but if you have to offer a better and more open solution to convert existing S3D enthusiasts and attract new users you have not only to offer a better solution, but also to have all the answers to the most important questions users will ask immediately…

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AMD With New 6800 series GPUs and the AMD HD3D Technology

October 22nd, 2010 · 28 Comments · Other S3D Tech

AMD is talking stereo 3D again and their stereoscopic 3D support, based on the open stereoscopic 3D initiative they’ve announced a while ago, and now they have given it a name – it is called AMD HD3D Technology. The list of supported hardware includes all the Radeon HD 5000 and the two new announcements from the HD 6000 series, although apparently only the new Radeon HD 6850 and 6870 support GPU-accelerated Blu-ray 3D playback. Still, considering the fact that AMD is dependent on their partners like DDD and iZ3D for the actual software that creates the stereoscopic 3D output from games, you can use even older hardware with most of the supported 3D viewing solutions. However if you want to take advantage of the new active shutter glasses and a 120Hz LCD monitor, then you should have one of the newer video cards that also have built-in driver level support in order to ensure good synchronization with the shutter glasses.

On their website AMD is still not giving out a lot of information, but they do have a big list of supported 3D HDTVs, 3D DLP projectors, as well as a few of the first solutions that do utilize an AMD GPU, along with stereoscopic 3D support and shutter glasses. These we already know of, but just to mention them again: the new HP Envy 17 with 5850, the MSI Wind Top AE2420 AIO PC with 5730, and the new Viewsonic V3D241wm-LED monitor. Of course there are a few other solutions that do not use active shutter glasses already available that can be used with AMD GPUs and these are the iZ3D display, Zalman’s Trimon passively polarized monitors, some laptops with passive polarization from Acer and Lenovo and quite a few other commercial or custom built products that can be used to provide stereoscopic 3D support.

One important thing again related to the new Radeon HD 6850/6870 GPUs is the fact that they do come with DisplayPort 1.2 and HDMI 1.4a connectors that both do support stereoscopic 3D output. Of course we are yet to see some 120Hz LCD monitors that do use DisplayPort, however the availability of HDMI 1.4a ensures compatibility with all the 3D-capable consumer hardware such as 3D HDTVs already available and the upcoming 3D home cinema projectors with the same interface. So the new GPUs do have support for HDMI 1.4a and the frame packing specifications used for stereo 3D content distribution over the interface, however you still need to have something to provide the 3D content, so you still need the iZ3D Driver or TriDef’s Ignition software to convert games for example, or a software Blu-ray 3D player to output the movie.

One related announcement to the new AMD news is the fact that the new DeusEX: Human Revolution game, supporting DX11 will also have stereoscopic 3D support available. And AMD is claiming support for over 400 game titles in stereoscopic 3D mode through its two main software partners for the gaming in S3D part – iZ3D and DDD. With the company also promising more native stereoscopic 3D games to come out in 2011 (we already know of some like Crysis 2). On the Blu-ray 3D software players support AMD is working with the same major companies like Nvidia is doing with Cyberlink’s PowerDVD 10 Ultra 3D going to be the first to provide the support for hardware accelerated Blu-ray 3D playback of movies from your PC. This will happen on November 5th through a software update that is expected to be released by Cyberlink.

There are however still a lot of unanswered questions like for example will we be able to use lets say an older 120Hz LCD monitor that was introduced with 3D Vision support with AMD’s solution with a new pair of shutter glasses. Will there be only shutter glasses available and not as a bundle at all and who will be selling them or we are going to go for an “open” initiative with 120Hz LCD monitors that are only going to be usable with AMD’s stereo 3D solution and that need to be bought with the glasses bundled. AMD is currently talking about 3D gaming and 3D video, but what about 3D photography that is also gaining more interest… is there support for viewing 3D photos without having to resort to third party software that may or may not work? And what about Eyefinity with stereo 3D support? DX 10 and DX11 support are still quite a bit of a problem for both iZ3D, who have beta support that is kind of working, and DDD who still don’t have anything available to support DX10/11 games. And more and more and more… I’m hoping to soon be able to test the HP Envy 17 laptop to get some first hand impressions from the active shutter glasses support that AMD is starting to offer, because I’ve already had some experience with other stereo 3D products based on both iZ3D and DDD. And I’m eager to get more information from AMD about their stereo 3D support…

For a list of AMD supported GPUs and other hardware for stereo 3D support…

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