Originally Posted by Don Landis
No, it is selectable in the TD 10 playback menu:
Side by side
With HDMI set to Auto, the TD10 will output SBS Half only if the TV is not capable of frame packed as it may be in manual SBS mode.
This is true though incomplete.
Here's why. Many 3DTVs will accept frame packed in 1080p24-3D and 720p60-3D, but will not accept 1080i60-3D. Although all 3 of these are frame packed, a particular TV may not support all of them.
Manufacturers have not been accurately report in the specs which of the 3 frame packed formats their TV will display. Limited information is that only some Sony and Panasonic 3DTVs support the 1080i60-3D, which is also known as AVCHD 2.0 3D.
I abbreviate 1080i60-3D as i60-3D.
The reason why i60-3D isn't supported by many 3DTVs is that it is in the AVCHD 2.0 spec, which is newer, and was not included in the bluray-3D spec.
I speculate that newer specs yet forthcoming will include i60 and 48p and 4K. This will someday enhance mainstream 3D, but today it doesn't include i60-3D.
When I put my TD10 in frame packed output, I get a watchable signal on my Panasonic 3DTV, but not on my Mitsubishi 3DTV. To me this means that the TD10 can only output frame packed in i60-3D mode. If it could output 720p60-3D or 1080p24-3D, it would automatically (per HDMI spec) provide a compatible output to the monitor, but it doesn't. Instead the signal is unwatchable. It is logical that it outputs i60-3D frame packed, at a minimum, since i60-3D is the native recording mode of the camcorder in 3D mode. If it were to also be able to output the other two formats (bluray compatible), additional circuits are needed for processing, and this is not desirable for a camcorder that wants to keep price and power consumption down.
So in a nutshell, the TD10's HDMI frame packed output is NOT bluray compatible. It is AVCHD 2.0 compatible..
The most complete answer is that when a TD10 HDMI is connected to a TV for playback in Auto HDMI mode, the TD10 outputs SBS-3D for all TVs that do not support AVCHD 2.0-3D. This is the majority of 3DTVs on the market, since Sony and Panasonic are not collectively a majority..
If someone has a 3DTV besides Sony or Panasonic that will properly display 3D from the TD10 HDMI in frame packed mode, please share the make and model number.
This detail of explanation is not in the TD10 manual.