Originally Posted by EVERRET
3D looks better than ever in 4K - passive is finally full HD
3D is cheaper than ever - TV's - Glasses - Players
3D is so easy now to set up , it can be streamed , it can be converted, it can be played on a game console or 3D player.
The problem is most people are naive and don't realize just how easy it is.
OK.....I'll bite! How easy is it?
I have a 3 year old, 1080p Toshiba, passive 3D TV that I have been fairly happy with. Compared to the newer, UHD sets of course it's not as good, but that's not my main question.
It is HOW do you set up your 3D playback? Do you use an HTPC or some sort of hardware device? If an HTPC, what software package do you run to do this?
I have played with a couple HTPC players. I'm currently running Plex. I can get it to play SBS or TAB, 3D MKV's. I simply switch the TV's 3D mode to that sort of 3D format. I use this program to rip my BR's: BDtoAVCHD (forum wouldn't let me post a link)
I don't know how to use all the settings because that single page make sup the entire manual on it. However, the results are that I am able to create files that Plex will play and result in MKV files that are usually less than 10GB in size. That is not full resolution, but it works.
Are there better programs or options for making playable 3D content for an HTPC setup?
I have used MakeMKV and found a tutorial to make MVC 3D MKV files. However, I have no idea how to play them. Plex will play them, but they are only 2D. It appears MVC 3D requires special players or hardware to play. Maybe you can confirm/deny this?
Do you know of a good primer on 3D? I have been searching and although there are plenty of hits on this general topic, the quality seems to have been lacking as a one-stop explanation.
One thing about 3D being "cheaper": I haven't found that to be true. I could buy a 50"+ 1080 TV with 3D for under $1000 a year ago. Today, it seems all 3D TV's are UHD, which is fine, but you don't get any 3D options until you get to at least the mid-range TV's, putting them in the $1700+ range to start. I'm not sure what they are cheaper than.
Thanks in advance if you can help! I'd be happy to start a new thread, but you mentioned here how "easy" it was so this was my starting point. Sorry for the potential hijack.