A projector described as having Full 3D capability supports all 3D format standards mandated by the HDMI 1.4 specifications.
A projector described as 3D Ready can display 3D content viewable with DLP® link™ 3D glasses when connected to a computer with a compatible 3D graphics card
and may require the use of a 3D-XL converter box for content requiring full 3D capability.
Current 3D technology relies on the viewer wearing a set of glasses designed to deliver a separate image to each eye.
The illusion of depth is created by sending a slightly different image to each eye,
much the same way our eyes see two slightly different images.
Content is filmed using a special camera system with two lenses that are separated horizontally.
When viewed, the image appears to have a sense of depth.
Optoma uses two types of high-quality LCD shutter glasses in its 3D implementation, Radio Frequency and DLP® link™.
These glasses show alternating left-right images very rapidly--up to 120 frames per second,
effectively blocking the left or right eye. The brain pieces the two images together to create the 3D illusion.
There are multiple software developers creating 3D content for education, including, the following:
...with many more to follow.
Many professional OpenGL based 3D applications natively support quad-buffered stereo, including AutoDesk’s Maya,
Dassault Systemes CATIA, Landmark GeoProbe, Eon Reality and many more.
Additionally, applications such as Solidworks & OsiriX, will support
quad-buffered stereo using custom plug-ins. Please check with your software
vendor for support information.
(Note: Most educational and professional 3D
software will require a "Quad-buffered" graphics card for 3D operation, please
check the minimum system requirements of your software application)
Movies – Many of the latest movies can now be enjoyed in Full HD 3D.
A Blu-ray 3D player and Blu-ray 3D movie is required.
Console Games – Optoma projectors can display 3D games from the latest gaming consoles.
The Sony PS3 and PS4 as well as Microsoft Xbox One and Xbox 360.
Broadcasts – DirecTV and Dish Network offer 3D programming packages that include movies,
entertainment and sports programming.
Note: The above mentioned 3D content for home entertainment may require a projector with Full 3D capability or a 3D Ready projector equipped with a 3D-XL converter box.
PC Games - Using Nvidia 3D-Vision and a compatible PC, almost any PC game can be played in 3D on a display that has been Nvidia certified.
Professional & Educational software usually create 3D graphics using
the "OpenGL" (Open Graphics Library) specification.
One of the cool
features supported by OpenGL is Quad-buffering.
A normal graphics card
has 2 buffers (one front & one back), this is fine for normal everyday 2D
A Quad buffered Graphics card has 4 buffers (front left, back
left, front right & back right) This allows you to simultaneously render and
then display the 2 seperate video streams required for 3D viewing.
NVIDIA® & ATI have models that support Quad-buffering. NVIDIA® include
support accross their whole Quadro® FX range, however ATI typically only include
support on their high-end FirePro™ products. Please make sure you check the
specifications before making a purchase.
No. Only content generated specifically for 3D viewing will be displayed in 3D. All other content will be displayed in standard 2D mode.
Yes. All Optoma projectors operate as a normal projector when not displaying 3D content.
Depending on the projector model and game console or set-top-box you are using,
you may be able to display 3D content by simply connecting an HDMI cable from the gaming console or Set-top-box to the projector.
3D Ready projectors may require the use of a 3D-XL converter box.
Projector models with Full 3D capability accept all 3D formats as mandated by the HDMI 1.4 standard.
Content for 3D Ready projector models must be in frame-sequential format with a refresh rate of 120Hz, for resolutions of 800x600, 1024x768 & 1280x720.
Most 3D Ready models also include 3D support for SDTV signals,
(480i @60Hz) for viewing “high quality field sequential” (HQFS) DVD titles – the projector will up-convert these to 120Hz in real-time to enhance your viewing experience.
Passive 3D is a method of displaying 3D content that requires two projectors (one for each eye) special polarizing filters,
a special silver screen and polarized glasses to separate the left and right video streams.
Similar to the method of displaying 3D in movie theaters.
Optoma active shutter glasses simplify that process, requires a single projector, no special screen and no polarizing filters,
making it less expensive and easier to setup and maintain than a two-projector system.
No. Optoma uses “active shutter-glass” technology, controlled by DLP® link™
to produce 3D images.
The glasses from the cinema use “passive,
polarised” technology. The Red/Blue glasses use a technology called “Anaglyph.”
3DTVs typically use Infra-red to control their active
Optoma’s third generation BG-ZD301 DLP® link™ glasses provide 60 Hours of 3D viewing.
The Optoma BG-ZF2100GLS active shutter RF 3D glasses provide 15 hours of 3D viewing.
Both models are fully rechargeable.
Optoma recommends taking a 5 min break for every hour of 3D viewing.
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Many TVs that claim to support 120Hz cannot actually accept a 120Hz input
signal, they only accept a standard 50/60Hz signal and convert the signal to
120Hz internally. These are not suitable for use with the 3D-XL.
monitors can accept a true 120Hz input signal, however they do not have the
necessary DLP-Link technology to control the ZD201 Glasses supplied with the
3D-XL. To use these monitors with the 3D-XL, it will be necessay to use 3D
glasses from a 3rd party that support a VESA 3D Sync signal (via the 3-Pin mini
DIn connector on reverse of 3D-XL)
Each time the projector locks onto a 3D signal from the 3D-XL, the 3D sync
has a 50/50 chance of being correct. This is easily remedied by changing the
"3D-Sync" option in your projector's OSD menu. Some home cinema/entertainment
models eg. HD67N can swap this even easier by pressing the "re-sync" button on
The latest firmware for the 3D-XL added a feature to easily
tell whether the 3D sync is correct. During 3D playback, put on your glasses and
close your left eye. If you can see the HDMI LED on the front panel of the
3D-XL, you need to invert your projector's 3D sync option.
The latest firmware version & full installation instructions will be
available for download soon. Please check back regularly for
The 3D-XL can output in 3 different 3D modes:
720p frame sequential - for DLP-Link 3D projectors
1080p (right frame only)
1080p (left frame
The two 1080p modes are for use in a dual-projector passive 3D
setup. This setup will requires two identical projectors, an additional 3D-XL,
an HDMI splitter, passive polarising filters & Glasses and a special
"silver" non-depolarising screen.
Audio Channels: 2 (stereo)
Audio format: Linear PCM
Sample Size: 24bit/20bit/16bit.
you wish to get surround sound from your source device, you will need to do it
using seperate cables.