Originally Posted by Justin Buser
You know, I remember a time when I had to spend hours on end trying to tweak various video formats/files so that they would play on this or that device... Have you tried taking the ssif files you want to watch and just renaming them as .mt2s then playing on your TV directly (via USB/NIC/whatever it supports)? I spent a couple hours trying to figure out how to convert bluray backups to play on my TV until I realized I didn't actually have to
Indeed... the .ssif files from 3D bluray discs are MVC files that contain content for both eyes. They are backwards compatible and will play in 2D on any bluray decoder. The 2D decoders ignore the information in the MVC (ssif) file for the 2nd view, i.e. 2D decoders ignore one of the eyes.
These .ssif files from bluray 3D disks can be played in 3D on a decoder that is written to decode both views (a 3D decoder).
Some 3D capable decoders have been observed to play these 3D files in 2D. This is believed to be a licensing restriction where they only decode 3D when played in an authorized manner from original media. When not played in an authorized manner, they play them in 2D.
This is where "un-licensed" 3D players have an advantage, since they do not have to comply with licensing restrictions. Non-licensed decoders may be able to play the files in 3D, since they ignore the restrictions that licensed decoders have to obey.
An example of an unlicensed decoder is found in some of the media players based on the realtek 1186 chip. See this thread linked herehttp://www.avsforum.com/avs-vb/showthread.php?t=1384106
Although this thread here asked a question using terminology in a less than optimum manner, the answer is that ssif files from a ripped 3D bluray are mvc, and these contain the "compressed" 3D signal for both eyes into one stream. It is not "frame packed," since that term refers to the uncompressed signal on the HDMI cable. The ssif file has the highest quality 3D signal inside.
Technically, compressed is what MVC files are which are the ripped ssif files from an ripped disk. They are "compressed" (made smaller) so the movie fits on the bluray disk.
Technically, packed signals are the uncompressed version of the movie, after processed by the chips in the player (or by a PC), and puts the result in a packed format on the the HDMI cable.
Technically, the monitor that receives the HDMI signal doesn't need to un-compress, since that was done before the signal was placed on the HDMI cable. The monitor needs to "unpack"
the signal and puts it onto the display (lcd dlp crt).
Non-tehcnically, the most detailed picture for a ripped bluray 3D iso is found when the file is not is not converted to Half-SBS. This "most detailed picture" is in the content of the ssif files.