Originally Posted by aaks38
Sorry if this has been asked before. I have a HX800 and just got a panasonic 210 3d player along with the TMR250 3d glasses and TMR100 transmitter.
My Panny 210 3d blu ray player puts out checkerboard and side by side images. I can only view 3d movies in side by side through the HX800, i see a selection for over under in the HX800 menu but the blu ray player doesnt have a option for this. Am i right that the HX800 doesnt support checkerboard? Ive read blu ray players put out some kind of frame 3d which is something i dont even see as a selection. Im curious if i should have gotten a sony blu ray player or if what i have is right and it us just a limitation of the HX800. Im just curious what you guys are setting your HX800 to, when viewing 3d content
Thanks for any advice.
Frame compatible formats (like side-by-side, checkerboard, over/under, SENSIO Hi-Fi) are generally used for cable and internet broadcasts where the bandwidth capability is limited. These formats take the left and right images and compress, or "squeeze" them both onto a single frame to reduce the bandwidth requirements. The TV then separates the 2 frames to display the resulting 3D image. Of course, due to the compression, the resulting 3D image is only about 1/2 that of the original source (except in the case of SENSIO Hi-Fi which is able to retain near blu-ray quality).
For 3D movies on blu-ray, there is no need to compress the frames since HDMI can handle the full 3D image. That is why there is no need to select a compression format when watching a 3D movie on blu-ray (since there is no compression of the picture).
For internet and cable broadcasts, you will need to select whatever frame compatible compression method the broadcaster is using to encode the picture. Side-by-side is by far the most popular in my experience, but the quality definitely suffers. The SENSIO Hi-Fi format is superior, but currently only Vizio 3DTVs have the capability to decode the SENSIO format.