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HP 2311gt is a Passive 23-inch 3D-capable LCD Monitor

November 1st, 2011 · 5 Comments · General 3D News


HP is finally joining in with a 3D LCD monitor, after the company also released a 3D-capable laptop quite a while ago in the Envy product line. What is interesting in this announcement is that the HP 2311gt monitor is a passive 3D solution and not an active 3D one as HP has shown last year with HP 2310g. So it seems that we won’t be seeing a 3D Vision-ready monitor for now from HP and they have apparently abandoned the idea to release the active HP 2310g 3D LCD monitor and have replaced it with the HP 2311gt passive 3D model.

The 23-inch HP 2311gt LED backlit 3D monitor uses Film Patterned Retarder (FPR) technology, offers native 1920×1080 resolution, comes bundled with 2 pairs of passive 3D glasses, Cyberlink PowerDVD software bundled to offer 2D to 3D video conversion and playback as well as DDD’s TriDef Ignition software for playing games in stereoscopic 3D format. This new 3D monitor from HP is apparently already available in some parts of Europe…

HP 2311gt Monitor Specifications:

Viewable Image Size: 58.42 cm (23.0-inch) diagonal
Display Type: TN LCD active matrix
Response time: 5 ms typical
Pixel Pitch: 0.265 mm
Brightness: 200-250 cd/m² (2D mode); 100 cd/m² (3D mode)
Contrast ratio: 1000:1 static; 3000000:1 dynamic (2D mode)
View angle: 170° horizontal, 160° (2D mode) and 12° (3D mode) vertical
Maximum Graphics Resolution in 2D: 1920×1080 @ 60 Hz
Maximum Graphics Resolution in 3D: 1920×540 @ 60 Hz
3D Glasses: 3D Passive FPR (Film-type Patterned Retarder) Glasses
Video Input Terminals: VGA, DVI, and HDMI
Power Consumption: 45 watts max, 33 watts typical, 0.5 watts sleep
Dimensions (W x D x H): 557.95×159.0x416.48 mm (21.97×6.26×16.40 in)
Maximum Weight: 4.3 kg (9.5 lb)

What is interesting is the fact that HP is giving out all the not so attractive specs that most of other makers of passive 3D monitors tend to “forget” to mention to the customers. I’m talking about things like the reduced brightness in 3D mode, the very small vertical viewing angle in 3D mode, the lower resolution in 3D mode. Most others just save you these important things and focus on the better points in passive versus active 3D solutions, leaving the impression that it is much better and does not have any drawbacks.

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CyberLink Launched PowerDVD 11, a New Universal Media Player

April 21st, 2011 · 14 Comments · General 3D News


Today CyberLink officially released their new PowerDVD 11 media playback software for PC with the new version being announced as an universal player that is designed to be the only application you’ll need to view Blu-ray and DVD movies, videos, photos and listen to music. PowerDVD 11 comes with a lot of new features including support for playback and transfer of content from iPhone, iPad, iPod Touch and Android phones and tablets to PC. In addition to support for media from smartphones and tablet devices, the new PowerDVD can also play from remote media sources such as DLNA servers and popular social networking sites such as Facebook, Flickr and YouTube. Furthermore PowerDVD 11 users owning an iPhone, iPad, iPod Touch or Android-based devices can download and install the PowerDVD Remote application that will turn their mobile device into a remote control for the PowerDVD playback functionality tight from the comfort of their sofa.

Among the interesting new 3D-related features you will get in the top version of PowerDVD 11 are for example: Playback of recorded 3D TV (ISDB-T Standard), 3D Photo support (MPO/JPS), TrueTheater 3D functionality for for photos including ones from Facebook and Flickr, and the ability to Upload 3D video to YouTube. I’ll be doing a review of the new functionality added in the PowerDVD 11 Universal Media Player in the next few days, so expect more information about the new version of the PowerDVD media player very soon.

Key Features in the new PowerDVD 11:

Play any HD media: Whether it’s Blu-ray, upscaled DVDs, videos or photos, PowerDVD 11 can play them all flawlessly with optimized CPU/GPU hardware acceleration. And new ultra-fast Instant Seek lets you search for movie scenes in your DVDs in a flash.
Play any 3D media: Experience the hottest new movie and video technology with Blu-ray 3D and native 3D video support. You can even convert your 2D DVDs, videos and photos and enjoy them in 3D.
Play media from anywhere: From Apple and Android devices through to online media, DLNA server content, and Blu-ray and DVD discs, PowerDVD 11 plays it all.
Play in upscaled quality: CyberLink’s unique TrueTheater enhancements allow you to upscale the image quality of your movies, videos, while TrueTheater Surround gives you a surround sound experience using only stereo speakers.
Play social media: Watch TrueTheater-enhanced video from YouTube and view Facebook and Flickr photos and slideshows all from the one application. Easy, convenient and a great time-saver – no more searching!

The new PowerDVD 11 is already available online, supporting the following languages: English, French, German, Italian, Spanish, Chinese (Simplified and Traditional), Japanese, Korean, Russian and Portuguese. CyberLink offers OEM versions to PC and CE manufacturing customers, while a free trial download is also available from the CyberLink website. In order to get all the features available, including the Blu-ray 3D movie playback you will need to get the PowerDVD 11 Ultra that is available for $99.95 USD. The slightly more affordable PowerDVD 11 Deluxe version is $69.95 USD and while it still supports most 3D functions, you will not be able to play Blu-ray 3D movies with it. If you own a PowerDVD 10 Ultra license you can do an upgrade to the new 11 Ultra version for $59.95 USD.

For more information about the new Cyberlink PowerDVD 11 Universal Media Player…

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Cyberlink PowerDVD 10 is Available with Stereo 3D Support, Kind of…

March 20th, 2010 · 17 Comments · General 3D News


CyberLink has officially released their new PowerDVD 10 player that is supposedly first to offer Blu-ray 3D playback support and 2D to 3D real-time conversion of all kind of movies, but don’t be too happy yet. The currently available version of PowerDVD 10 still has quite limited stereoscopic 3D support with an update that will be called PowerDVD 10 Mark II coming this summer that is supposed to actually add support for Blu-ray 3D playback and the realtime 2D to 3D video conversions for all media files. Still the currently available version is not left alone with no stereo 3D features, but they are kind of quite limited and not that impressive after I checked them out with the free tiral version available to test the new video player. In the first version of PowerDVD 10 you only get 2D to 3D realtime video conversion of DVD Video content, which might be considered Ok by some people, but it is not worth buying the player now just because of that S3D feature. Unless of course if you buy the top version of PowerDVD 10 that is called Ultra 3D (will cost you $99.95 USD), because if you do so when Mark II update is out you’ll begetting it for free.



The good thing is that the stereoscopic 3D technologies supported are not limited to 3D Vision only (update to the latest drivers is recommended), there is also support available fore passive polarized displays (Zalman Trimon, Acer Aspire 3D etc.) and even 3D-ready HDTVs. The last one however currently refers only to 3D-ready DLP television sets and not the new equipped with HDMI 1.4 HDTVs with 3D capabilities. Although I suppose that in the Mark II version of PowerDVD 10 the 3D HDTV support will be upgraded in order to also work with the new 3D-ready hardware that uses the HDMI 1.4 stereoscopic 3D specs.

I’ve tried the 2D to 3D video conversion in real-time DVD Video that is currently the only stereoscopic 3D feature available in PowerDVD 10, including in the free trial version I’ve used for checking the feature out. It has turned out to be a bit of disappointment as Cyberlink seems to be taking the easy road by using the most basic conversion methods. I’m talking about the Pulfrich-like effect achieved by creating one frame offset and further enhancing it by additional frame deformation, so in the end what you can expect is nothing more than what is achieved by the freely available on this blog – 2D to 3D Realtime Video Conversion Script for Avisynth v0.3. And with the Avisynth script you can convert to pseudo stereo 3D just about any video file for free, unlike the currently limited to DVD Video functionality present in PowerDVD 10, so I’d suggest to wait for the competition or the Mark II version of PowerDVD before making a decision what to buy for Blu-ray 3D playback and real-time conversion of 2D video into pseudo 3D.

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

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