Vivitek D512-3D Projector -2D to 3D

by Jane on October 8, 2014

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Here we want to answer a question we received from a mother wanting to buy the Vivtek D512-3D projector for her son.

Question: She asked, “What does the 2D to 3D conversion feature mean, is this the same as 3D-ready?”.

Answer: This is a very nice projector, I wish my mom thought so highly of me. Back to the answer, 2D to 3D conversion is in fact different from 3D-ready. Well, sometimes…

We say sometimes because the phrase, “3D-ready” actually can have different meanings depending on the projector in question. This confuses many consumers. We will tell you how to know the difference.

Vivitek D512 3D 2600 Lumen SVGA HDMI 120 Hz 2D to 3D

HDMI 1.3 Port Makes the Difference

First, some background information on why the same phrase can have different meanings.  This basically boils down to upgrades made in HDMI standards (1.3 and 1.4).

Before HDMI 1.3 and the newer 1.4 standards were in place a projector described as “3D-ready” meant an outside adapter was needed to convert two-dimensional content into 3D content. And still in 2014, many projectors fall into this most basic category of requiring an external adapter.

The good news, the Vivtek D512-3D projector includes a HDMI 1.3 port. This means it doesn’t require an outside adapter to convert two-dimensional content into 3D. This is good news since, it saves you from spending money to buy an outside adapter and also keeps the set up nice and simple, just one HDMI cable.

But there must be some bad news, right? Right? OK, it’s not really terrible news but remember we also mention HDMI 1.4?

Having a HDMI port which supports 1.4 standards is a step above the 1.3 standards supported by the Vivtek D512-3D projector.

A projector with a HDMI 1.4 port can convert content from 2D to 3D in full HD (1080p). The 1.3 will show the 3D picture in 1080i resolution. Which isn’t a huge downgrade but thought it was best to mention this.

To be clear on the Answer

If your goal is to buy a projector that’s capable of converting 2D to 3D images internally with no help from an outside adapter. What you need to look for in the product description or on the box is if it includes either a HDMI 1.3 or 1.4 ports. The Vivtek model in question does include a HDMI 1.3 port.

We want to say

We have read in reviews, people claiming this projector provides 3D content in 1080p full HD. If it does great!

But from what we know the Vivtek D512-3D projector model only has a 1.3 HDMI port and from what we know this type of port does not support 3D in full high-definition 1080p resolution rather 1080i.

Read these reviews we have read, tell us if we are correct or incorrect. We would love to here your opinions.

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