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Understanding 3D Projectors

What is the benefit of a 3D projector?
How does 3D Projection Work?
Are there different types of 3D?
Are there any drawbacks?
What do i need to project in 3D?
Can I make my presentations be 3D?

What projectors do you recommend for 3D?

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What is the benefit of a 3D projector?

3D Projector vs 3D Television
The biggest benefit is the size. Unlike a 3D television even a large one like a 50inch TV is still not going to offer the immersion of a projected image. A standard home theatre will feature a 2 or even 3 metre wide screen size filling your field of vision and making for a true 3D experience.

3D Projector vs 3D Cinema
A 3D cinema projects two images at once and uses cheap passive 3D glasses which filter out two images that are projected sending one to one eye and the other to the other eye. This process creates a 3D picture but it end up being blurry.

A 3D projector on the other hand uses active shutter glasses which while more expensive to buy provide a sharp crisp image. The projector still shoots two images but it interchanges between them extremely quickly. The glasses then communicate with the projector wirelessly and select which image will go to which eye. The viewer just sees a sharp clear 3D image.

3D Projector vs 2D Projector
A 3D projector will still work with all your 3D movies. You do not loose anything with a projector having 3D capability it is simply an extra feature.

50inch 3D TV:
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150inch 3D Projection:
150inch 3D


How does 3D Projection work?

When it comes to 3D projection technology, the latest advances that achieve the most compelling experience utilise active glasses, which interact with the projector to create an immersive 3D image on the screen.

Whether it is one of the new 3D LCD monitors, LED TV's or a 3D Ready Projector they will work around the same principal. To the viewer, it is seamless and the picture is amazing. Essentially you project two images on the screen at one time to create the 3D image viewed through the active glasses.

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The image is in fact a lot better than you will find at the cinema watching a 3D movie as they only use passive 3D polarised glasses which though chaeper are less sharp.

3D with a digital projector at home will involve active shutter glasses. These cost around $100 but give a much better quality result. The active shutter glasses will block vision on one eye while one image is displayed on screen, then they will block the other eye. This happens incredibly fast in fact the projector will show you 200plus images per second giving a 3d image. Below is an illustration of this process with ' DLP Link', where the transmitter is inbuilt into the projector:

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Are there different types of 3D? [top]
There are three different types:

Direct 3D
Home Theatre 3D projectors can be connected directly to a 3D bluray player (via HDMI1.4 cables) then wth the addition of some 3D glasses your all set. These projectors can also connect to 3D games consoles like the Playstation 3.

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3D Projector

At the moment "3D Ready" projectors are primarily aimed at interfacing with a computer using:

nVidia 3D Vision
An nVidia 3D ready graphics card is required to be installed in your computer. You will also need the nVidia 3D vision kit which includes active shutter glasses and the emiter to tell the glasses which eye each signal is intended for. This will allow certain projectors to play 3D games, view photo's taken by a 3D digital camera, and, with the right hardware and software in the computer, playback 3D Bluray movies as well.
nVidia 3D Vision
DLP Link
DLP Link is the third way of achieving a 3D image on certain projectors. This is an emerging technology which also uses active shutter glasses but the glasses communicate with the projector directly. The projector encodes a signal in the on screen image which tells the glasses which eye that image is intended for. DLP Link is intended to be primarily used for presentations but all software and presentations would have to be purchased with special 3D formatting.
3D Link

Are there any drawbacks?[top]
3D is a fun new technology but does have some requirements:

  • Every user will need the 3D active shutter glasses (approx $100).
  • It will only appear in 3D with content/movies/presentations recorded or designed in 3D. they will still show standard movies but these will not show in 3D as they were not recorded that way.
  • Your Computer will need a few hardware and software upgrades to show a 3D image.

What do i need? [top]
At the moment there are only a couple projectors which can connect directly to a Bluray payer to provide a 3D image ($3 to $10k). The two 3D systems available on cheaper projectors projectors are "DLP Link" and "Nvidia 3D Vision" which can provide a 3D image with the right hardware and content.

 

Below is a guide to requirements for:

Direct 3D:

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3D Hometheatre

nvidia 3D Vision:

3D DLP Link

3D XL

 

 

DLP Link:

3D DLP Link

3D XL

Can I make my presentations be 3D? [top]

Unfortunately your average Powerpoint or Excel spreadsheet will not come up in 3D, the numbers can't just leap off the page. You can however purchase content which is 3D e.g. maps of the solar system etc. The content is primarily focused on education providers but with increased popularity the range will improve, and with time software will be available to make 3D presentations.

There are now some 3D cameras coming out which will allow you to take photo's. These use two lenses to essentially take two pictures and overlap them.

3D Camera

What projectors do you recommend for 3D?[top]
Home Theatre Projectors that will work with a 3D bluray player or 3D gaming console like the PS3:


Home Theatre Recommendations

Epson EH-TW5300 Full HD 3D Home Theatre Projector
Your Price:
$999
EH-TW5200
Full HD Widescreen

SPECIFICATIONS
Native Resolution: WUXGA 1920 x 1080 16:9
Brightness: 2200 ANSI Lumens
Maximum Contrast: 35,000:1
Weight: 2.9kg
Fan Noise: 27db
Warranty: 2 Years (+1 Year $100)
Lamp Warranty: 12 months / 750 hours
Lamp Life Up To: 7,5
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FEATURES
- 2x HDMI Connection
- MHL Compatible
- Horizontal & Vertical Keystone
- 3D Capable(3D glasses required)
- Frame Interpolation
- 2D to 3D Conversion

- USB stick reader (jpeg only)

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BenQ W1090 DLP Full High Definition 3D Home Theatre Projector
Your Price:
$999
W1090
Full HD Widescreen
SPECIFICATIONS
Native Resolution: WUXGA 1920 x 1080 16:9
Brightness: 2000 ANSI Lumens
Maximum Contrast: 10,000:1
Weight: 2.75kg
Fan Noise: 36 / 32db (eco)
Warranty: 2 Years (+1 Year $100)
Lamp Warranty: 6months/750hrs
Lamp Life Up To: 6,500hrs
FEATURES
- 1.3x Zoom
- Vertical Keystone Correction
- 2x HDMI connections
- MHL Compatible
- Powerfull 10W Speaker
- 3D Capable(3D glasses required)
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BenQ W1110 DLP Full High Definition 3D Home Theatre Projector
Your Price:
$1299
W1110
Full HD Widescreen
SPECIFICATIONS
Native Resolution: WUXGA 1920 x 1080 16:9
Brightness: 2200 ANSI Lumens
Maximum Contrast: 15,000:1
Weight: 3.3kg
Fan Noise: 29 / 27db (eco)
Warranty: 2 Years (+1 Year $119)
Lamp Warranty: 6months/750hrs
Lamp Life Up To: 6,000hrs
FEATURES
- 1.3x Zoom
- 10% Vertical Lens Shift
- Vertical Keystone Correction
- 2x HDMI connections
- MHL Compatible
- Powerfull 10W Speaker
- 3D Capable(3D glasses required)
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Epson EH-TW6700 Full HD 3D Home Theatre Projector
Your Price:
$2299
EH-TW6700
Full HD Widescreen
SPECIFICATIONS
Native Resolution: WUXGA 1920 x 1080 16:9
Brightness: 3000 ANSI Lumens
Maximum Contrast: 70,000:1
Weight: 6.9kg
Fan Noise: 24db
Warranty: 2 Years (+1 Year $135)
Lamp Warranty: 12 months / 750 hours
Lamp Life Up To: 5
,000hrs
FEATURES
- 1.6x Zoom
- 2x HDMI Connection
- MHL Compatible
- Horizontal & Vertical Lens Shift
- Frame Interpolation
- 2D to 3D Conversion
- 2x 10W Speakers Inbuilt
- Bluetooth Audio
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Panasonic PT-AE8000E LCD Full High Definition Home Theatre Projector
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$2799
PT-AE8000E
Full HD Widescreen
SPECIFICATIONS
Native Resolution: WUXGA 1920 x 1080 16:9
Brightness: 2400 ANSI Lumens
Maximum Contrast: 500,000:1
Weight: 8.7kg
Fan Noise: 22db (eco)
Warranty: 3 Yrs/2000hrs (+1 Year $135)
Lamp Life Up To: 5
,000hrs

FEATURES
- 2.0x Zoom
- 3x HDMI Connection
- Horizontal & Vertical Lens Shift

- 3D Home Theatre
- 2D to 3D Conversion
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Epson EH-TW8300 Full HD 3D Home Theatre Projector
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$4199
EH-TW8300
Full HD Widescreen
SPECIFICATIONS
Native Resolution: WUXGA 1920 x 1080 16:9
Brightness: 2500 ANSI Lumens
Maximum Contrast: 1,000,000:1
Weight: 11kg
Fan Noise: 20db
Warranty: 2 Years (+1 Year $159)
Lamp Warranty: 12 months / 750 hours
Lamp Life Up To: 5
,000hrs

FEATURES
- 4K Enhancement
- 2.0x Zoom (Powered)
- Horiz. & Vert Lens Shift (Powered)

- Frame Interpolation
- 3D Capable(3D glasses required)
- 2D to 3D Conversion

- 2x HDMI Connections
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