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Last week, I updated from PDVD14 to PDVD15 Ultra. I've now had a chance to mess with it a bit with 3D content. At this point, I'd say, if you already have PDVD14 and use it for watching 3D, don't bother updating unless you really want direct BD iso file play.

It appears to me that, at least with regard to 3D, this program is a GIANT step backwards. Forinstance, it will no longer play files that are 1080 sbs half frame in 3D. Today, I also discovered that it also will no longer play in 3D 720 60p files that have been rendered in its sister program, Power Director. For some reason, it will play in 3D 720p files that were rendered in Edius. As for its ability to play 3D iso files, that seems to be OK.

So, if you already have an earlier version of PDVD, and it's meeting your 3D needs, you may want to pass on this one or try it on a trial basis if possible to see if you like it. I've left PDVD14 installed on my computer and will continue to use that one for 3D. If you want it mainly for directly playing iso files, then it may be helpful for that purpose,

1ST Edit: I originally said that it wasn't playing 3D iso files correctly on my projector/HTPC. I now have solved this issue and it does seem to be playing these files well.
2nd Edit: It will play SBS but the interface is bizzarre. You first must start playing the file, then pause it. Then you right click over the playing area and a menu will pop up which will have a SBS option. Once set, it will play the SBS correctly. If you close the program, the next time you want to play an SBS file, you will have to do this setting again.
 

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I could not get a BD directory to work. Said it couldn't read the file. I did get MPO files to work, though. I tried them once before, and they wouldn't play, but now they do. You have to check the 3D box that says play 3D media in 3D. I tried SBS video, but they would only show SBS on the screen, no stereo. Bluray seems to play better and smoother in 3D using PDVD15 than PDVD14.
 

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It does not support HSBS movies?
Unless there is something I'm missing, I can't get it to play them as 3D, only as 2D showing both halfs. In Bob's post above, he had the same experience. In PDVD14 and prior editions, there was always a menu option for 3D SBS. Now, that menu option is gone and auto won't work for playing SBS in 3D.
 

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Hooray! I got SBS to play in PDVD15!! I visited the Cyberlink forum for PowerDVD15, and someone there got it to work by right-clicking the menu and selecting it. I tried right clicking everything and nothing worked, so I posted on the forum--but no one responded. So I tried playing several SBS videos again. As I was playing one, I inadvertently (yeah, just luck) right-clicked the screen image and up popped a window and I could select 3D Source Formats. It's the same format settings as in PowerDVD14, but it doesn't appear that it will save your selection from video to video.

So the process is: select your video and click play, then pause it, then right click the screen and select the format--it take several seconds to update the screen and switch to 3D. Then click play--a pain but it works!!!

There are also selections in the advanced video settings to increase the picture quality and sharpness.


In honor of this finding--please call your Mom and wish her Happy Mother's Day (or your wife):D.
 

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Hooray! I got SBS to play in PDVD15!! I visited the Cyberlink forum for PowerDVD15, and someone there got it to work by right-clicking the menu and selecting it. I tried right clicking everything and nothing worked, so I posted on the forum--but no one responded. So I tried playing several SBS videos again. As I was playing one, I inadvertently (yeah, just luck) right-clicked the screen image and up popped a window and I could select 3D Source Formats. It's the same format settings as in PowerDVD14, but it doesn't appear that it will save your selection from video to video.

So the process is: select your video and click play, then pause it, then right click the screen and select the format--it take several seconds to update the screen and switch to 3D. Then click play--a pain but it works!!!

There are also selections in the advanced video settings to increase the picture quality and sharpness.


In honor of this finding--please call your Mom and wish her Happy Mother's Day (or your wife):D.
WELL DONE, BOB!!
Last week, I saw that same blog post about "right clicking menu"
Try as I might, I found NO tab that said menu. I finally, abandoned the effort:)
 

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What simple minded -------, came up with this sceme. I just tried it and yep, that's where it's hiding. But, even more ridiculous is that you have to start playing the video before you can right click it and get to that menu. If you launch the program and then select the video and right click it without starting to play it,, the menu will come up and PDVD will promptly crash. So, you must actually start playing the video before you can change the setting.

Bob, try it and see if your results are the same as mine:)
 

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Yup, mine acts the same, that's why I stated you have to click play first, then pause and right click. In programmer terms this is called an afterthought--but we've got stronger words to call it.:rolleyes:
Yea, FUBAR:)
 

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I just discovered how to play 3D video in PowerDVD15 without going through the start, pause, select format and play process. What you do is go into the Media Library view, select the 3D video file you want to play, then right click it and select the format. It will add a "3D" icon to the file and from then on it will "know" it's a 3D video and play it using the format you selected. Unbelievable lack of documentation with this release.
 

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My 3D BDs play fine on both 14 and 15, plus 3D ISOs play on 15 as well.
My graphics card is AMD Radeon HD 8650G + 8670M Dual Graphics. According to AMD it supports HD3D.

I ripped the 3D Blu Ray in MKV format. I downloaded TriDef and played the file in the TriDef mediaplayer (the player can't play blu rays in 3D) and I actually got the 3D file working. My TV automatically turned on its 3D mode as usual and I was able to use my active glasses.

So this would indicate that my laptop is 3D ready.

But for some reason, 3D BDs will not play in 3D in PowerDVD 14 Ultra.

It's really baffling.
 

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But for some reason, 3D BDs will not play in 3D in PowerDVD 14 Ultra.

It's really baffling.
I've come to the conclusion a while back that Cyberlink products can be the kings of baffling. :) I like and use them but they can drive you nuts from time to time wit things lIke this that make no sense.. Their customer support in India is usually beyond useless.
 

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I've asked on numerous forums, contacted AMD, contacted Cyberlink, and still no solution. 2D blu rays lookm fantastic in PowerDVD, which is why I'd like to be able to view 3D BDs using PowerDVD as well. Not really sure what the fix is.
 

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Perhaps you could try a trial version of PDVD15 and see if that works. If so, then you could purchase it. I have 15 but also still have 14 installed as well.
 
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