The 2D to 3D disc conversion should be the most important new feature this yearin Blu-ray players. But for some reason its been largely ignored. I guess I'm just out of the current mindset!
So how does the conversion look? Drum roll. Using a Panasonic 65" vt25 display I inserted the Baraka Blu-ray, an outstanding unique film shot in 70mm, and filmed at 152 locations in 24 countries.
The Samsung 6700 remote has an ideally located 2D->3D button in the top left of the remote, so its easy to switch just by touch.
With the player in freeze frame, it took about five seconds to complete the switching back and forth between 2D and 3D. There were no obvious faults.
Before evaluating the Samsung 6700's picture quality, set the displays sharpness control to zero or flat. Unlike the video experts of twenty years ago who insisted that the sharpness be set to minimum, I can only state it now as the sophisticated image processing in the 6700 optimizes image clarity scene by scene. For the first time, the 1920 *1080 movie resolution is completely exploited.
Basically the 2d->3D conversion, as implemented in the powerful image processing of the 6700 works quit well, especially for a first generation product. (Actually as this feature is already incorporated into a few HDTV's, the technology itself is not first generation.) I am pleasantly surprised that the 6700 carries over all its stunning 2D PQ attributes (silky and picture-pop) into the 3D conversion process.
The effect is seldom unnatural, however there will undoubtedly be some occasional perspective distortion. Baraka shows us some pretty unique human emotions. One scene has a lady with her eyes rolled up. Here hair is pushed back, but the added 3D makes it further back than in reality.
I'm sure the converted Avatar 2D disc will look quite nice. Of course, the ultimate test is to compare the 2D->3D conversion vs. the full 3D disc. I might just do that!
The 6700 is highly recommended. The relatively low price, features (like a second HDMI output port) and performance also make it a best buy.
Those having trouble viewing 3D with active shutter glasses should have their head examined: http://news.consumerreports.org/elec...-eye-exam.html