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post #1 of 4 Old 07-10-2012, 04:14 AM - Thread Starter
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I have a Mitsubishi DLP rear projection tv. From what I understand, a stand-alone 3d player will send a frame packed image to my tv. I believe the tv then processes it to checkboard, but not sure. That's source option A. Source option B would be my laptop - it's on i3 with Intel HD graphics 2000 (sandybridge). I don't know how to tell if it's hdmi 1.4 or not, powerdvd's 3d advisor software passes on CPU and GPU. It seems like a lot of software applications will output sbs or something that won't look as good as hdmi 1.4 frame packing. So will I get a better picture from a stand-alone blu ray player, or is it just a matter of buying the right software? If it is just software, how do I test to make sure I have hdmi 1.4 on board?
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Support for Blu-ray video and audio does not necessarily mean the ability to display 3D images, which is what you seem to be implying by your reference to "checkerboard" and HDMI v1.4.

Software and hardware unpacking of MPEG4 video streams, which is what Blu-ray discs contain, should both result in the same digital image unless there are bugs in the decoders. Decoders often have bugs frown.gif

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Well this is the 3d checker that says passed, not the 2d one. But looks like software may only have options to output sbs, over/under, ect. Not an option for a full frame packed image. So I'm guessing they are converting it to output it?
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Don't forget that some of the 3D formats weren't defined in HDMI v1.4. Some weren't officially defined until the release of v1.4a, so explicitly having support only for v1.4 would mean that those additional formats wouldn't be supported: in particular, frame packing, side-by-side and top-and-bottom. See the Wikipedia article at http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/HDMI

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