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TriDef 2D-To-3D Movie Payback

The TriDef Media player gives us something we did not expect when we started this review: a method to watch standard 2D DVDs and video files in 3D. The TriDef media player converts 2D content to 3D in real time. Frankly, we are surprised by this functionality.

Isn't it great when technology leapfrogs your expectations? As it turns out, the TriDef media player does a surprisingly good job of extrapolating stereo 3D information from 2D video. This media player uses an algorithm that analyzes the color, position, and movement of objects in the video, and renders a stereo 3D version of the movie for your viewing pleasure. You can adjust the apparent depth of the 3D effect with a simple slider or turn it off entirely.

Now, the result isn't perfect, and often the effect is a little off-base, but on the whole it does a servicable job. I found my kids and myself watching the entire DVD of Monsters vs. Aliens in 3D mode even though my original intention was just to test a scene or two. Personally, I find it works best with the 3D effect set to a minimum so that any incorrect estimations made by the software are not pronounced, and frankly it's a little easier on the eyes when it's not turned up high. But the product is solid and I can see myself using it on occasion when I want to experience a movie in 3D.

This scene from Star Trek demonstrates what happens when the 3D extrapolation works well