Originally Posted by bscloutier 3D Experience
So we finally picked up the 3D version of Avatar
having heard that it is sort of reference 3D content. We didn't have any 3D to watch to this point. I had verified the 3D capability of this 84LM9600 with the built-in 2D-to-3D but, frankly, that simulation tries hard but the results are really disconcerting. We just needed something filmed for 3D to check it out.
I had not been a fan of 3D. I had chuckled at it as the industry seemed to want to force it upon us searching for something they can charge us more for. We went to see Avatar
in 3D when it came out in the theaters and afterwards I remember questioning whether the 3D really enhanced our experience or not. I recall saying that it would be interesting to watch the feature in 2D perhaps to help with that question. I still haven't seen it in 2D though. Back then I had said that the 3D was interesting and that we didn't need it and I certainly wouldn't buy a 3D panel for the house. I am still of that mindset.
Now I have this sweet 4K panel and like most other panels the 3D is there. Well last night we watched Avatar
in 3D in the comfort of our own home. I was concerned when we were sitting down that my wife might complain and punt. When we tried 3D on other panels in the showroom, she had complained that it hurt, that it was giving her a headache and I had felt that she was close to saying that she wouldn't watch anything like that.
Now to be fair she did only try on some active 3D glasses; The demo was on a 1080p set; She was standing probably too close to the screen at that point; And, the content I think was converted to 3D. It was not filmed for 3D.
Okay so last night. I think she said "Oh! Wow!" maybe 6 or 7 times through the movie. Afterwards she declared that the experience "was a lot more comfortable than she thought it was going to be". And now I'd bet that when we sit down to watch Avatar
again she won't want to bother in 2D. So what made the difference?
First I think being in your own home starts you out at a level of comfort. Secondly, there isn't the sales situation hanging over your head. I mean, we have made the investment and so you are watching now for your entertainment and not trying to find excuses to help protect your life savings from vulture sales people. It sounds silly but can bias you to some extent.
More importantly I can't say enough about the 3D experience with passive glasses on a 4K panel. It gives you a full brightness 1080p image. You are not time-sharing pixels between eyes! The glasses are light weight (and inexpensive). You do not have to worry about batteries or synchronizing the glasses with the panel. There is absolutely no flicker!
Except for a couple of moments early in the movie where I felt that I needed to reset my eyes, the 3D was seamless. From what I remember it was every bit as good as that in the theater. It was a very positive experience. I will be looking to get additional 3D content now.
So I think there were a couple of scenes in the movie where they had to simulate the 3D. I am not sure. Most of the movie had a continuous depth to it. That is very nice. There were a couple of times where I think the depth became layered. I don't blame them if they had to do that. Those were very minor and brief scenes. I bet they made the trade-off for plot which is probably the way it should be. All in all though... very nice!!
I believe that Prometheus
was shot for 3D. I'll have to get that one. I tend toward science fiction and action films. Any others that any of you would recommend for 3D? This LG 84LM9600 is 3D heaven!
I did skip over telling you all about how I had to rewire so we could watch 3D and that we had to compromise with Neo-6 audio. All because my Pioneer VSX-21TXH's HDMI is not compatible with 3D (and 4K). The Oppo dual HDMI outputs won't run at different HDMI levels and so the Split A/V mode would not send audio to the AVR that my AVR would accept. I couldn't get the lossless HD audio stream to the AVR using the Oppo optical out (had lip sync issues with that as well) and the analog 7.7 outputs... the AVR only accepted 5.1 input and I figure there would be sync issues with that as well. So long story short, I am looking now to upgrade the AVR.
But the 3D video from the monster panel! Really cool!