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More About the Blu-ray 3D Movie Playback and the HDCP Issues

July 24th, 2010 · 4 Comments · Other S3D Tech

Just to make sure I’m not seeing or imagining things, as I’ve already told you, the playback of Blu-ray 3D movies may be a bit of an issue on your PC with a 120Hz 3D capable LCD monitor using 3D Vision, because these displays are HDCP compliant only at 60Hz. This means that you need to remove the HDCP protection in order to watch these movies without issues, otherwise here is what you get…

PowerDVD 10 Ultra Mark II may or may not start to play the 3D movie for a few seconds than it may stop either with blank screen or return to a window mode in 2D and display the error message that your display is not HDCP compatible.

Total Media Theatre 3 Platinum + Sim3D plugin also may start to play the 3D video for a few seconds or directly display the above error message regarding the display not being HDCP compliant.

The above two pictures show what you get when trying to play Monsters vs Aliens 3D (sold as a bundle with hardware) and Grand Canyon Adventure (sold separately) Blu-ray 3D movies (original discs) on Samsung 2233RZ monitor with 3D Vision. These are the only two Blu-ray 3D movies that I currently have to test with, but pretty much all 3D movies (if not specifically with removed HDCP protection should behave the same), unless you have something active to remove the HDCP protection in real-time like AnyDVD for example as I’ve already mentioned a few days ago. It is possible that the second generation 120Hz LCD monitors from Alienware, Acer, Asus and LG might not be affected with the HDCP issue like the first generation ones from Samsung and ViewSonic, but currently I cannot confirm that as currently I don’t have any of them to try with.

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PowerDVD 10 Ultra Mark II Update is Now Officially Available

July 6th, 2010 · 33 Comments · General 3D News

As promised Cyberlink has released the Mark II update for PowerDVD 10 that adds support for Blu-ray 3D Movie playback capabilities to the software player. The Mark II patch is free for the owners of Ultra version of the software and updates PowerDVD 10 Ultra to PowerDVD 10 Ultra build 1830. There is also an updated trial version of the player available that should also come with the improved 2D to 3D conversion algorithm. Now the big question is when we are going to have some live action movies in stereo 3D format available on Blu-ray 3D media, but not documentaries, as we already have a few animated movies released that do look good in 3D…

I’m also currently doing a comparison between PowerDVD 10 Ultra Mark II and ArcSoft’s Total Media Theatre 3 Platinum + Sim3D Plugin as at this moment only these two software players can provide you with support for playing back Blu-ray 3D movies from your computer. But that comparison will most likely be finished in a few days, so stay tuned for more information on the topic… ;)

To download and test the CyberLink PowerDVD 10.0 new trial version of the player…

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