We’re often asked which 3D monitors we support with Neo3D, and which monitors we recommend. The short answer is that we support most 3D monitors, although there are some minor platform-specific differences.
In terms of which monitor we recommend, the answer really depends on your needs and your budget. Personally we prefer using a larger monitor for post such as a 46″ because it is more immersive than a smaller 24″ monitor. But 24″ monitors are less expensive, so again it is dependent on your needs and budget.
CineForm supports the following 3D display formats which cover most monitors, but read below for some platform differences.
- Anaglyph: Red-Cyan, Amber-Blue, Green-Magenta
- Frame Compatible (Passive): side-by-side, over-under, field interleave
- Sequential Frame (Active): Windows only using Nvidia 3D mode
- Dual-link stereo: requires AJA Kona3 or Nvidia dual-link HD-SDI card (Nvidia Win only). Used for driving RealD, Dolby, or XpanD 3D projection systems.
Note about consumer 3D TVs: Most newer consumer 3D TVs use an active display technology (active IR glasses). But in most cases they accept side-by-side as input. Internally they convert the side-by-side input into a frame-sequential 3D display. If you use a consumer 3D TV you will normally drive this using side-by-side.
Dual-stream / dual-link: You can directly drive RealD, Dolby, and XpanD 3D projectors using Neo3D from: – Final Cut Pro through a Kona 3 card in dual-link stereo mode when Neo3D is installed. – Premiere Pro (Win only for now) using either Kona 3 card or Nvidia HD-SDI.
3D monitoring on Windows can occur as output from First Light and also as output from Premiere Pro. First Light and Premiere Pro use the same code for driving an external monitor. Both can drive all 3D modes discussed at the top.
On Win you select the desired 3D monitoring mode using the CineForm system tray icon. (Alternatively you can select the 3D display mode within First Light). The mode selector defines the way the 3D images are passed through Win applications by Neo3D.
HD-SDI monitoring: AJA Kona and Nvidia HD-SDI cards are supported in both First Light and Premiere Pro. Nvidia HD-SDI supported is provided directly in the CineForm preset. AJA Kona is supported using an AJA preset. Sequential frame / Page flip / Active Shutter: Through the Nvidia 3D mode we now support sequential frame monitors.