What Do You Need to Watch 3D at Home?

What Do I Need To Watch 3D at Home?

  
Whether you love it or hate it, 3D is definitely going to be a big part of the home theater future, and this is just the beginning. Many people ask themselves how can I watch 3D movies at home ? This question, as the 3D technology is just about to enter the final lap as the new leading home entertainment standard.
There will be four things you will need to know to answer the how do I watch 3D movies at home.
  1. A 3D-Capable Display (HDTV, Monitor, or Projector)
  2. A 3D-enabled Blu-ray Disc player
  3. Special pair of 3D glasses to experience the 3D effect (Passive Glasses or Active Glasses)
  4. 3D Content (Blu-ray Discs)

A 3D-Capable Display (3D HDTV, 3D Monitor, or Projector)

There’s no way around it. If you want to watch 3D at home you will need to buy a 3D-capable display. These 3D-enabled Television (3D HDTV) includes LCD, Plasma, LED and DLP Televisions, as well as DLP and LCD-type video projectors or 3D-enabled Video Projector.

What makes them 3D capable is that they have higher processing power than older models (the regular TV sets) and higher Hz (120Hz at least!) as they need to display two images double the speed ! One image for each eye to create a 3D effect. Do not buy a TV that has less than 120Hz, it will be too slow processing the images and you will probably get an headache because you will notice the image flickering while trying to show you a 3D movie..

As for 3D projectors compatibility and 3D formats, you will need an advanced DLP (Digital Light Processing) technology and make sure the 3D projector has HDMI output by the Blu-ray 3D players. Most will not directly accept the HDMI 1.4a 3D video mode output by Blu-ray 3D players.

A 3D-enabled Blu-ray Disc player

Movie studios release 3D movies on Blu-ray 3D discs, you will need a 3D Blu-ray player to read that 3D content and send it to your 3D-capable HDTV so you could watch 3D at home. Most 3D Blu-ray disc players output 3D in the HDMI 1.4 standard for connecting to HDMI 1.4 compatible 3D HDTVs.

Special pair of 3D glasses to experience the 3D effect

There are two kinds of glasses on the market: Passive Glasses and Active Shutter Glasses.
The older technology that will probably fade away in the coming year is the 3D overlapping images, where two images are displayed at once on the screen. This 3D technology needs the Passive Glasses each lens is polarized so that it can see only one of the two overlapping images. The main drawback of this technology is that viewers will need to sit directly in front of the display to get the full 3D effect.
 
If you really want to watch 3D at home you will probably want to upgrade yourself to the new 3D technology adopted by the big names in the TV industry.. (LG, Samsung, Panasonic, Toshiba, Sony and more) this technology the two images (for the left and right eye) are displayed one after the other at a ultra fast rotation speed. In order for your eyes to see only the images intended for them you will need the Active 3D Shutter Glasses.
Active liquid crystal shutter glasses quickly block each eye in sequence to ensure that each eye only sees the corresponding image on the 3D HDTV. Those are not the paper cheap 3D glasses you know, the shutter active 3D glasses cost more, and are battery activated.
Please note that your active shutter glasses will need to be of the same brand as your 3D-capable HDTV.  

3D Content Blu-ray Discs, Cable, Satellite

With the recent adoption of the 3D Blu-ray Disc standards, there are more Blu-ray 3D discs with 3D content and movies going out to the market. But you better be careful, there are two kinds of 3D movies on the market–“old” and “new” (full HD) 3D. Before you buy 3D movie you need to look for the Blu-ray 3D logo.
 
This logo indicates that this movie will deliver the 3D effects you seek. Note that some “3D” movies are currently available with the older technology mentioned before meaning that the 3D effects are not as breathtaking as you would expect.
 
In the coming years most cable providers will offer 3D channels to their subscribers.  It is expected more content providers will open new 3D channels to assess the 3D format and expand their content as the number of 3D-capable HDTVs on the market increases.
 
We hope the review helped you understand how to watch 3D at home. You can carry on reading other articles to help you know what you need to buy in order that you could watch 3D movies at home.
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