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July 9, 2011 4:11:48 AM

Could be in the wrong-subsection, or the wrong section entirely. Help me out here guys, i couldnt see much of a section dedicated to displays and outputs.

Im doing research for a friend of mine. In order to prevent his kids from scratching his disks, he backs them up on his computer and usually outputs it to his TV. Now 3D comes in. Ive seen lots of information on the 3D nVidia graphics cards and their shutter-like glasses.

This friend has a 3D TV (samsung) who have their own shutter glasses. He's looking to upgrade his computer to with a 3D blu-ray drive (Pioneer BDR205-BK) so he can continue backing them up (which is fine). The retail pack comes with software for backing up and outputting, but I think my supplier has only the drive in stock and not the pack (which I will confirm, but i would still like this answered for future reference).

So my question is, do I also need to upgrade his graphics card at the same time if he wants to output 3D to his TV, or is only specialised software required? I thought there may be a different output type required for 3D, hence my question about if he needs a new graphics card, or does HDMI work with 3D? Is there a work-around for if you must have a graphics card, such as if he could output from his computer into his normal blu-ray player, and play from that, or perhaps to a HDD and direct to the TV or the player?
Also, would such an upgrade be redundant and/or useless anyway. nVidia have their own shutter glasses, and so does his TV. How does that work out?


Thanks guys, any help appreciated.

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a b U Graphics card
July 9, 2011 2:47:24 PM

Nvidia has some new software called 3DTV play that might be what he's looking for.

http://www.nvidia.com/object/3dtv-play.html

I think it only works if you have an NVIDA card though. What is his current GPU situation?
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July 10, 2011 11:31:23 AM

Havent got exact specs on his system, but
1. Its not a 3D card.
2. Im fair sure it DOES have hdmi output.

Sorry i dont have more specific info than that.
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July 11, 2011 1:52:18 AM

So for output to a 3DTV, you do not need specific hardware, only specialised software?

Just making sure before I reccomend anything to him. I was simply going to put that blu-ray drive in his existing box, and he already has that TV. But no point if he has to upgrade his GFX card, he reckons he might as well build a new comp.

Can I get a second or third opinion on this from someone? Sorry for not taking your word, but i really, really want to be absolutely 100% certain on this.
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a b U Graphics card
July 11, 2011 1:59:50 PM

You do need specific hardware, you need a GPU capable of outputting HDMI 1.4, which for NVIDIA is the GT 240 and up, and all of the 3**, 4**, and 5** cards. I think on the AMD side it's some of the 5*** series cards and all of the 6*** cards.
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a b U Graphics card
July 11, 2011 2:52:33 PM

^ HDMI 1.4 IS NECESSARY to output 3D movies to a 3D TV and use the proprietary glasses, there are no 3D TVs on the market that have a dual link DVI connection. I think you need to re-read the OP.
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July 12, 2011 2:28:30 AM

OK, so it doesnt matter what GPU it is, as long as the card supports HDMI output (reading up, but it seems like it MUST be 1.4a, not just 1.4, correct?).

Besides this, you have to have the correct software (sortof guessed this already, was more concered about the GFX card).

I guess that covers it, but just want to make sure i havent missed anything.
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July 12, 2011 3:45:22 AM

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July 14, 2011 9:43:16 AM

:D 

I think i get it. Any graphics card with HDMI 1.4a

Thanks heaps.
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July 14, 2011 9:44:06 AM

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