Originally Posted by Deja Vu
The best conversion I have seen so far is with Ultra PowerDVD 13. I was somewhat taken aback by how effective it was. I tried an older version a couple of years ago and it was not very convincing. The newest version is very good and although I did notice some anomalies here and there the 3D was overall quite good. I now feel that on-the-fly 3D conversion that will be so good that most viewers will think it is "real" 3D is a distinct possibility within the next couple of years.
Edit: Having spent more time with PowerDVD Ultra 13 I am not so enthusiastic as I was about its performance. I'm seeing more and more depth errors and this programme seems to impact the amount of light getting to the screen in a negative way (more so than other 3D). Here's hoping this programme can continue to be improved. It's better than it was, but still has a way to go. For some material it does a very good job; however, for other material it makes 2D look like the only reasonable option.
I agree with you that PowerDVD 13 Ultra provides the best conversion. Considering the hurdles that any on-the-fly conversion process must tackle, I'm apparently more impressed than you are. I think that its results are often flat-out amazing -- certainly not all scenes or all movies, but enough to make viewing worthwhile. For example, I had watched the old DVD of HOUSE OF WAX many times using this software, and when I watched the recent 3D Blu-ray I was startled as to just how closely many converted scenes came to the "real thing." I've had good experiences with a wide number of movies including STARSHIP TROOPERS, SPIDERMAN 2, and (especially) Peter Jackson's KING KONG. STAR WARS IV-VI also converted well. The latest surprise was the George Pal WAR OF THE WORLDS, especially the night scene when the ominous heat ray device makes its first appearance. The rendering of a sense of place was quite remarkable.
Frankly, I find it incredible that this technology works at all
. If somebody had told me ten years ago that such a thing was even possible, I think that I wouldn't have believed it. And I agree that it is getting better. I've owned every version of PowerDVD that had the 3D conversion feature, and the improvements have been noteworthy.
It's far from being perfect, but I think that if one watches a converted movie with modest expectations, pleasant surprises are often to be had. I get a lot of enjoyment out of seeing what my old favorites look like when they are converted. I look forward to watching more, and I also look forward to continued improvement in this technology.