Originally Posted by derpycat
Hi could I get some help with setting up 3D on my PC? It seems really confusing, despite my best efforts to read about and understand 3D playback.
I've googled a lot but still don't really understand;
1. I read frame sequential is only available to PCs, and that it's better than some other 3D formats. Is it better than time sequential/frame packing, and is it the best method of 3D (for movies and games)?
They are slightly different techniques. Frame sequential sends each frame individually. Frame packing sends both the left and right eye in one huge frame. Both are full resolution, so the end result is the same. So dont worry about it as long as your display supports it.
2. Do I need Nvidia hardware for the most faithful 3D? In what way is Nvidia 3D Vision related to or different to frame sequential? Why is it superior to AMD HD3D in this regard? Is it?
Nvidia has much wider support for games. It doesnt have to do with how the 3d image is transmitted, but in how its created. As far as movies go, since the frames are already created, there shouldnt be any difference in the results. If you care about gaming in 3d, get nvidia, period. If you dont, AMD should play back 3d blu rays just as well.
3. I still don't really understand whether or not Blu-ray movies can be output in frame sequential or not... How are films shot in 23.976fps meant to display properly at 60hz per eye?
Its up to your display. My panasonic can accept 24fps 3d blu rays and output them at 48hz. Any set that can't directly take in 24hz 3D, will just convert it to 60hz, and you'll get that slight judder, same as it would with 2D.
4. What software supports frame sequential/the best playback method? I've tried stereoscopic player (which won't accept my 3D Blu-ray discs), and according to Cyberlink's website, PowerDVD only supports time sequential, row interleaved, and anaglyph.
Sorry for the numerous questions. The long and short of it is that I want to watch the best quality 3D content possible using the best method, and would like to know what software and hardware I need to achieve that on my PC. If it matters my monitor is 120hz, and I own both high speed HDMI and DL-DVI cables. My graphics card is an AMD 7 series card.
Thanks in advance for your help.
That one someone else can help you out with, I prefer to watch my blurays on my PS3 and HDTV. Dont get caught up in sequential vs packing, it really doesnt matter. PowerDVD is probably fine. Even though your monitor is 120hz, the minimum frame rate for 3d is 48hz, which doesnt divide into 120. See if you can manually set your monitor to a direct multiple, like 96hz or 144hz. PowerDVD might be able to do this automatically for you if your monitor supports it.