1. Post #1
    simonjb's Avatar
    April 2010
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    Firstly, I know a LOT of you already have 3D, or know a fair amount about it. So don't bite my head off for this guide thread.

    This guide is aimed at those who want 3D, but have a very low budget, have a less able NVidia/ATI card, or just don't have a clue about 3D.

    If you have a high budget, and can afford the more advanced types of 3D please refer to google.

    This guide shows how you can use anaglyph 3D to add an immersive depth to your games.

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    What you need
    You will need an anaglyph driver, my recommendation is iZ3D Driver, as anaglyph output is completely FREE.

    You will need a dedicated graphics card in your computer, preferably NVidia, all types of 3D reduce performance drastically, so you should really have a mid or high end graphics card and a decent processor.

    You will also need a pair of "red/cyan" anaglyph glasses, you can use those cheap flimsy card ones, but I don't recommend them. You can buy a pair of rigid plastic ones, which have optimized colouring and lens shape. These are relatively cheap and can be bought on ebay for less than UKú2 / US$3. I bought a high quality pair from a local gadget shop for UKú3.



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    How do I get it to actually work?
    Firstly download your chosen anaglyph 3D driver (e.g. iZ3D), read the instructions on how to configure it to work with different games, change hotkeys, and customize it for your setup, remember to set your driver to red/cyan.

    Then go and buy a pair of red/cyan anaglyph glasses, if you want to test that they work and are of good quality, you can always type in "anaglyph" into any image search and it will yield many results (e.g. google images).

    Once you have configured your drivers, and you have your glasses, run the desired game (resource demanding games such as GTA IV could be very slow, and sometimes encounter issues) and configure your driver to the game, by changing options such as the 3D separation (3D depth), and convergence (again refer to the instructions for your driver).
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    What games does it support?
    Each driver varies, though some games may have issues with all drivers, games GTA IV does work, but can be very slow and very buggy. It works very well with source games, though some people have reported issue, a new option to the iZ3D driver is the "simple" or "advanced" projection methods, this may help fix source game bugs.

    Refer to your driver maker for details, if you have chosen iZ3D go here.

    NOTE: Just because your game isn't on the list, or mentioned, it doesn't mean it won't work, it may need some custom configuration.

    You are now ready to play games in 3D!
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    Advantages and Disadvantages
    Advantages:
    -Cheap
    -Easy to set up
    -With the right driver and glasses it can be very effective and produce good 3D
    -Can be viewed from almost any angle (some stereoscopic types have to be viewed at the right distance and in the right direction)
    -Isn't as hard on the eyes as some other types of 3D
    -Requires no special screen
    -Gives an immersive experience for gaming or watching videos

    Disadvantages:
    -Can be lower quality than other kinds of 3D
    -With some drivers, glasses or games, colour distortion can occur
    -Reduces framerate significantly (as does all kinds of 3D)
    -Not as configurable as some other types of 3D

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    Known Issues / Bugs
    Issue: Performance of some games can be impacted dramatically, even when the driver is disabled.
    Solution: Uninstall your driver, and use another, its all about finding the right driver for your set up with the right settings.

    Issue: Driver doesn't start with the game.
    Solution: Is the game in the profiles list for the driver? Have you conigiured the driver for the game? Is the driver enabled?

    Issue: Driver starts on a program that I don't want it to.
    Solution: Simply add the game to the exceptions list on your driver.
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    FAQ
    Question: I have a low end PC, can I still get 3D?
    Answer: Unfortunately this is not likely, you will most likely need to upgrade your GPU.

    Question: Is there a way to get completely free 3D?
    Answer: Not that I know of, but this only costs a few pounds/dollars.


    Question: Does 3D actually come out of the screen, or just add depth?
    Answer: Depending on the driver and your settings, you can achieve either, or both. If you have your settings so that the depth is all into your screen (appears to be behind the screen), then you can often "Swap left / right" on your driver to make it so that it comes out of the screen. Personally I prefer to have a combination where the close objects are just out of my screen, and the far ones behind it.

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    Notes
    I am not responsible in any way for any damage or negative effect of following this guide. I do not advertise any of the products or websites mentioned in this guide.

    If you have any issues with this, be warned that I am no expert, and others on this forum, or elsewhere may be better at answering your questions.

    If I have made a mistake, or written something wrong in this article, or if you just wish for something to be added, please feel free to post below.
    [HR][/HR]Thanks for reading!
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  2. Post #2
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    September 2006
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    I haven't booted up a game with anaglyph 3D for a long time now. The colors suck, and the effect is weak in dark areas. It's probably worth it in racing games, but it makes aiming hard as fuck in shooters.
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  3. Post #3
    $1 TITLE!
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    December 2007
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    Im just going to get one of these instead

    http://www.sony.co.uk/hub/personal-3d-viewer
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  4. Post #4
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    November 2008
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    Im just going to get one of these instead

    http://www.sony.co.uk/hub/personal-3d-viewer
    Shut up and take my money.jpg
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  5. Post #5
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    August 2007
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    Issue 1 with Anaglyphical 3D: You're technically seeing monochrome
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  6. Post #6
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    April 2010
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    As far as colours are concerned this is not true, iZ3D driver is very good for preserving colours, the it hardly takes any light or colour out of the gameplay, technology has moved on a lot since many people first got excited about anaglyph.

  7. Post #7
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    February 2008
    2,682 Posts
    ive been able to see things in 3d since birth, i dont think i need that but thanks.
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  8. Post #8
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    July 2010
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    ive been able to see things in 3d since birth, i dont think i need that but thanks.
    wat

  9. Post #9
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    December 2005
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    he's saying 3d is pointless because you can already see that things aren't 2d.

  10. Post #10
    Mombasa's Hubby :3
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    October 2008
    3,454 Posts
    Im just going to get one of these instead

    http://www.sony.co.uk/hub/personal-3d-viewer
    Is that Commander Shepard modeling that?
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  11. Post #11
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    July 2008
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    Games should support cross-eyed stereoscopy.
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  12. Post #12
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    September 2006
    1,731 Posts
    Im just going to get one of these instead

    http://www.sony.co.uk/hub/personal-3d-viewer
    I like the idea, but I'd prefer to use my own headphones.

  13. Post #13
    It's Treason Then
    darth-veger's Avatar
    December 2008
    23,162 Posts
    Im just going to get one of these instead

    http://www.sony.co.uk/hub/personal-3d-viewer
    800 Euro.. Honestly expected more then that

  14. Post #14
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    August 2005
    4,259 Posts
    Im just going to get one of these instead

    http://www.sony.co.uk/hub/personal-3d-viewer
    Sorry but i first need to see a picture of how it would look like.
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  15. Post #15
    simonjb's Avatar
    April 2010
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    This is the reason for this thread, for people who want basic functional 3D, for next to nothing. I can't see why you'd buy that Sony device though, you can get good stereoscopic 3D for much cheaper.

  16. Post #16
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    July 2009
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    I play games in anaglyph 3D occasionally. Prototype was pretty fun in 3D.

  17. Post #17
    McMissile's Avatar
    May 2007
    444 Posts
    I tried doing this in TF2... and let's just say it's a very unique experience when everyone looks the same color
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  18. Post #18
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    April 2010
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    I don't seem to have a problem with monochrome colours, the colours are less vibrant of course but it's hardly a monochrome for me.

  19. Post #19
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    February 2005
    419 Posts
    Games should support cross-eyed stereoscopy.
    Just thinking about that hurts my head. You'd have to have both screens at an extremely low resolution like 320x240 or around that area otherwise you'd have to be super far away from the monitor. Using a larger resolution would be a huge strain, you'd look half retarded and pissed off.

  20. Post #20
    McMissile's Avatar
    May 2007
    444 Posts
    I don't seem to have a problem with monochrome colours, the colours are less vibrant of course but it's hardly a monochrome for me.
    That's interesting... Maybe my glasses are slightly the wrong color. Its tough though in TF2 because everyone is red and blue, which is basically the same tint as my glasses
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  21. Post #21
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    This is the reason for this thread, for people who want basic functional 3D, for next to nothing. I can't see why you'd buy that Sony device though, you can get good stereoscopic 3D for much cheaper.
    You can watch 3D porn without anyone knowing
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  22. Post #22
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    September 2010
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    I'm definitely setting this up when I get back to Florida.

  23. Post #23
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    April 2010
    312 Posts
    The glasses you use make a big difference, most of them seem to be ok. Try your glasses on this image, and also on other images. But the issue here is that each converter to anaglyph is different. This ones pretty good.


  24. Post #24
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    May 2010
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    Does that driver support Cyan/Yellow glasses?

    I have a few hundred left over from the Channel 4 3D week thing.

  25. Post #25
    simonjb's Avatar
    April 2010
    312 Posts
    Does that driver support Cyan/Yellow glasses?

    I have a few hundred left over from the Channel 4 3D week thing.
    The driver can be switched for yellow / blue, yes. Infact it supports any combination of colours I believe.

    Just a little note, don't use OPTIMIZED red / cyan, it distorts colours.

  26. Post #26
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    September 2006
    10,829 Posts
    Im just going to get one of these instead

    http://www.sony.co.uk/hub/personal-3d-viewer
    True 3d but fuck you if you wear glasses, you don't deserve the appearance of another dimension.

  27. Post #27
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    January 2009
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    True 3d but fuck you if you wear glasses, you don't deserve the appearance of another dimension.
    Use contacts!
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