There's a lot of confusion regarding the introduction of 3D in the home theater. What do you need to watch 3D? How much do you need to spend? How to choose 3D TV and 3D glasses? If you're just getting started learning about 3D movies, then this article is a complete guide for you to watch 3D movies on TV at home.
1. LCD, Plasma, or DLP - Which is Best For 3D TV?
Whether you choose a 3D LCD, Plasma, or DLP TV is your choice. However, there some things to take into considering with each option.
DLP is the top choice, if you are looking for biggest screen size for the buck (up to 92-inches), but since they are projection sets, they are bulkier than either LCD or Plasma.
Also, if you are susceptible to the "Rainbow Effect" that would also be a consideration.
LCD is most is commonly available TV, even for 3D, but make sure you do some comparison viewing before making a final choice. Some LCD TVs are better at displaying 3D than others. On the other hand, LCDs do better in rooms with ambient light issues.
Plasma is the best choice of the three if you can control ambient light. Plasma has better motion response than LCD and better natural black levels and contrast which can provide a better 3D viewing experience.
2. Active or Passive 3D Glasses
Yes, you will need to wear glasses to watch 3D. However, these are not the cheap paper 3D glasses of yesteryear. There are two types of 3D glasses in use for 3D TVs:
Passive Polarized glasses. These type of glasses are inexpensive and anywhere from $5 to $25 each.
Active Shutter glasses have batteries and a transmitter that synchs the glasses with 3D images and are more expensive than passive polarized glasses ($75 to $150).
Depending on which 3D TV you buy, determines whether passive polarized or active shutter glasses will be required. So far, 3D Plasma and DLP TVs use Active Shutter Glasses, while some LCD TVs use Active Shutter and other LCD TVs use Passive Polarized Glasses.
Depending on manufacturer, 1 or 2 pairs of glasses may be provided, or they may be an optional purchase. Also, glasses branded for one manufacturer may not work another 3D-TV. If you and a friend have different brand 3D-TVs, in most cases, you will not be able to borrow each other's 3D glasses. However, XpanD and Monster Cable now make Universal 3D Glasses that can work on most currently available 3D TVs that use the Active Shutter system.
3. Play any 3D video on 3D TV
3D TV supports limited video formats, so if your 3D movies are not supported by your 3D TV, such as Blu-ray, ISO, M2TS, MXF, TiVo etc. You should firstly convert these 3D TV incompatible video formats to 3D TV supported video formats, like MKV, MP4, AVI etc. In this case, you will need a video converter. Here, I suggest you to use Pavtube Video Converter Ultimatefor the following reasons:
* convert all 3D TV unsupported video formats to to 3D MKV, 3D MP4, 3D AVI which enables you to watch movies on 3D TV with HD quality.
* Equipped with 3 different 3D effects: Side by Side, Red/Blue and Top/Bottom.
* Create 3D movies out of source 2D movie in 5 different 3D video formats: MKV, MP4, MOV, WMV and AVI for multiple 3D media players like HTC EVO 3D, LG Optimus 3D P920, 3D HDTV, 3D game consoles, etc.
* Support NVIDIA CUDA and ATI Stream (AMD APP) acceleration technologies.
* Cut off unwanted video parts and just preserve segment out of a complete movie.
* Remove black edges and unwanted area of image in original movie with simple operation.
* Adjust output aspect ratio, such as 16:10, 16:9, 5:4, 4:3 and 2:1.
* Allows you to batch convert your videos to save your much time.
* You can select one of the language subtitles you want to show in the movie.
* Support adding .srt /.ass/.ssa subtitles into movies.
* Supported OS: Windows XP/2003/Vista/Windows 7/Windows 8/Windows 8.1/Windows 10
Free download and install
- Pavtube old official address: http://www.pavtube.cn/blu-ray-video-converter-ultimate/
- Cnet Download: http://download.cnet.com/Pavtube-Video-Converter-Ultimate/3000-2194_4-75938564.html
Steps to Convert 3D TV unsupported 2D/3D movies to 3D TV compatible format
Step 1. Load 3D/2D movies
Insert your 3D/2D Blu-ray or standard DVD movie to disc drive, and click "File" > "Load from disc" button to load Blu-ray or DVD. For video file, click the "Add video" button, browse to computer hard drive and import video into this app. You can also directly drag and drop the files to the app.
Step 2: Set output format
Tap on "Format" bar and find "3D Video", there are a lot of format options for you. "MP4 Side-by-Side 3D Video (*.mp4)" is recommended to you, which is supported by all 3D TV.
Tip: Differences Between Anaglyph 3D and Side-by-Side 3D
Step 3: Start to convert
Click the big button "Convert" on bottom-right corner to start conversion. When the process is over, you can find the converted files by clicking the "Open output folder" on the main interface of the program.
Now, you can transfer the converted 3D movies to a USB Flash Drive, then watch the 3D movies on the best 3D TV using the best 3D glasses via USB port. Just enjoy!!!