Use the following procedure to connect your system to a 3D TV:
Check the video connectors on your GPU and use the correct cables or adapters to
connect HDMI video:
GPUs with HDMI connector use a standard HDMI cable
GPUs with mini HDMI connector use a mini-HDMI to HDMI cable
GPUs with DVI connector use a DVI to HDMI adapter cable
(Optional) Connect audio as follows:
GPUs with HDMI or mini-HDMI connectors, no additional audio cables are
needed since audio is carried over the HDMI cables.
GPUs with DVI connectors:
audio can be carried over DVI to HDMI cable depending on the graphics
card. For newer GPUs, you just need to set the HDMI audio device in the
Windows Sound control panel. Older GPUs need to use a digital audio S/PDIF
cable to connect from the PC to the graphics boards’ on-board S/PDIF connector.
― If
your graphics card does not support HDMI audio over DVI or it does not have
an S/PDIF cable built onto the card, you can use the motherboard's digital or
analog audio connectors to output audio to the 3D TV or an external receiver.
You will also need to disable the HDTV HDMI audio option from the NVIDIA
Control Panel after the driver is installed.
Ensure you have the correct drivers that support 3DTV Play.
If you have purchased a preconfigured PC with 3D Vision or 3DTV Play installed,
you may not need to install new drivers and you can skip Step 4. Check with your
manufacturer first to ensure you have the drivers that include 3DTV Play software.
If you are using a 3D Vision PC, 3DTV Play is supposed in the GeForce Release 260
graphic drivers and 3D Vision Controller Driver available from
www.nvidia.com/drivers. Please follow the instructions in Step 4.
Install the NVIDIA driver on your 3D Vision PC to enable 3DTV Play
Install the GeForce Release 260 drivers. The GeForce Release 260 drivers include
the core 3DTV Play driver features such as control panel, setup wizard, and game
Install the 3D Vision Controller Driver. This driver supports the 3D Vision USB
IR emitters and Notebooks with built-in IR emitters. The 3D Vision IR emitter is
used to enable 3DTV Play only and does not emit IR codes when 3DTV Play is
 After installing
the 3D Vision controller driver, plug in your 3D Vision USB IR
Emitter. If you have a 3D Vision notebook with built-in IR emitter, there is no
need to plug in a USB IR emitter.
 Installing this option will now allow 3DTV Play software to be enabled from
the NVIDIA Control PanelStereoscopic 3D settings page
Set-up your HDMI 1.4 3D TV.
 Note: The following set-up example is based upon Panasonic VIERA TC-P50VT25 3D
Plasma TV. Every 3D TV has different settings to configure 3D. Please Consult
your TV manufacturer’s user manual for information on configuring these settings.
Press the Menu button on the remove and browse to the 3D menu settings.
Under the 3D menu settings, set 3D mode to Automatic
Set the eye order (for the glasses) to Default or Normal. Once that has been
configured, do not change this when using NVIDIA 3DTV Play as the NVIDIA
driver will control the glasses.
If you are viewing your Windows desktop and the start menu or taskbar cannot be
seen, you can use many of the new 3D TVs built-in option to fix the display size
and allow the desktop to be seen. As an example, Panasonic 3D TVs have a setting
under Picture options called Aspect adjustments which will allow you to see your
Windows desktop.
Ensure the 3D TV is assigned as the primary display.
 Note: If you are using a notebook or multiple monitors 3D TV will typically be set
as the secondary display.
Browse to the NVIDIA Control PanelSet up multiple displays
Right mouse click on the 3D TV under Step 2. Verify your display configuration
and select Make this the Windows primary display
Enable 3DTV Play
Go to NVIDIA Control PanelStereoscopic 3D.
Select Set up Stereoscopic 3D.
Click the checkbox Enable Stereoscopic 3D. The 3DTV Play Setup Wizard begins.
Check to ensure that the 3DTV Play logo displays in the control panel as the
Stereoscopic 3D display type.
 Note: When in HD 3D mode, you may notice decreased performance when running
your games even without 3DTV Play enabled. In this mode, 3DTV Play is still
running and rendering both frames for your 3D games. To maximize performance
when not using 3DTV Play, switch to a HD or SD mode
Ensure that 3DTV Play is working properly when the Wizard completes:
Go to NVIDIA Control PanelStereoscopic 3DSet up Stereoscopic 3D.
Select Test stereoscopic 3D…
Select resolution 1280x720 with a refresh rate of 60 Hz.
Select Launch Test Application button.
The NVIDIA 3D test application will now launch showing you a real-time 3D
After you have enabled 3DTV Play, you may have to change your Windows Desktop
resolution for your content. Use the following the instructions to change your
a) Go to NVIDIA Control Panel and select Change resolution from the left hand
b) Under the Resolution section, there is a new section called HD 3D. Select the best
HDMI 1.4 resolution and refresh rate.
 For
Blu-ray 3D: Change the Windows resolution to the HD 3D mode
1080p, 1920x1080 with a refresh rate of 24 Hz. If you do not set this mode
and start watching a Blu-ray 3D, the software player application will not be in
3D mode. Future Blu-ray 3D software player applications will automatically
switch into an HDMI 1.4 3D mode.
 For 3D Gaming: You do not need change the Windows Desktop Resolution to
an HD 3D mode. Instead, you simply select the resolution 1280x720 and 24 Hz
refresh rate from inside the game’s video settings menu to switch to 3D mode.
However, if you are using a game that uses the Windows desktop resolution
when running the game, it is recommended you select HD 3D mode 720p,
1280x720 with a refresh rate of 60 Hz or 50 Hz. As a general rule, if you are in
a country that uses PAL timing with 50 Hz or 100 Hz monitors, 50 Hz refresh
rate. If you are in North America or countries that use NSTC timings with 60
Hz or 120 Hz, select 60 Hz refresh rate.
 For 3D movie file playback: You must set the Windows resolution to any HD
3D mode. However, it is recommended to select a mode that matches the
frames-per-second of your video content.
 For 3D photograph viewing: You must set the Windows resolution to any HD
3D mode. However, it is recommended to select a higher resolution mode so
you can view your pictures at the highest resolution possible.
(Optional) Confirm HDMI audio is working on the TV speakers.
To test HDMI audio, start playing any movie, game, or music content and change
the volume on the TV speakers
You are now ready to use 3DTV Play software. The next chapter will give you
information on selecting the correct modes for your content.
With 3DTV Play installed, you can now enjoy rich 3D content on your PC. 3DTV Play supports
the following 3D content:
 Play over 425 standard PC games in 3D.
 Browse 3D photographs on your 3D TV or view them in a slideshow with the included
NVIDIA 3D Photo viewing software.
 Watch Blu-ray 3D movies in stunning 1080p 3D.
 View 3D movie files played directly from your hard drive.
NVIDIA 3DTV Play supports the same games as NVIDIA 3D Vision. If
you see a game with the logo “NVIDIA 3D Vision-Ready,” it will work on
NVIDIA 3DTV Play as well. Visit the following website for a full list of
supported games: http://www.nvidia.com/object/3D_Vision_3D_Games.html.
Playing Games in 3D
Launch your game in fullscreen mode.
3D TVs only support one resolution for 3D gaming: 1280x720. When you start the game, you
may notice a red message at the bottom of the game that indicates that your current game is
not running in a compatible HDMI 1.4 3D mode. This message is normal since many games
launch with an initial in-game resolution that is not 1280x720. For example, if your game
starts at 1600x900 at 60 Hz, the 3D TV does not support operating 3D in that mode and you
will see a message that says Current mode [email protected] is not HDMI 1.4 3D compatible.
Select the in-game resolution 1280x720. This is the HD 3D mode of 720p, 1280x720.
Once you are running in this resolution, the red text is no longer displayed and you can now
play your games in 3D.
Customizing 3D Games
When you are playing your games in 3D, the game is being rendered in real-time on your
NVIDIA GeForce GPU. Because of the processing power of the GPU, you have advanced
control over how 3D looks, letting you increase or decrease 3D depth in real-time, making your
games look amazing. Table 1 lists the keyboard shortcuts that are available to users:
Table 1.
3D Keyboard Shortcuts
Increase 3D Depth
Increases the depth amount realtime in the
current game.
Decrease 3D Depth
Decreases the depth amount realtime in the
current game.
Show/Hide Stereoscopic 3D
Turns 3DTV Play off and on. The 3D TV will
appear in 2D mode and the glasses will no longer
be needed. Note while 3DTV Play and the 3D TV
appear to not be working in 3D mode, you will
notice decreased performance when running your
games as NVIDIA 3DTV Play is still running and
rendering both frames for your 3D games. To
maximize performance when not using 3DTV Play,
switch to a HD or SD mode
Captures 3D game
This captures a 3D screenshot of your game and
places it in the c:\Users\[username]\My
Documents\NVStereoscopic3D.IMG directory. The
files will be stored as stereoscopic JPEG files with
the file extensions .JPS. These files can be
viewed with the NVIDIA 3D Photo Viewer.
CTRL-ALT- Show/Hide in-game
compatibility message
Displays the settings recommended by NVIDIA for
the current game in the lower right hand corner
of your display
Increase convergence
Moves objects towards you. Maximum
convergence places all objects in front of the
scene, in user space. Used to place the laser
sight. (Advanced)
Decrease convergence
Moves objects away from you. Minimum
convergence places all objects “behind” the
scene, in user space. Used to place the laser
sight. (Advanced)
Setting Your Own Shortcut Keys
To configure a game in real-time you must be familiar with the keyboard shortcut keys (Table 1,
page15). You can use the default setting or you can change the shortcut keys to suit your
particular liking. To change the default settings of the keyboard shortcut keys, do the following:
Go to NVIDIA Control PanelSetup stereoscopic 3D.
Select Set keyboard shortcuts.
The following screen displays.
Select an action and click in the adjacent box
displaying the shortcut.
Press the desired key combination. The keystrokes are
displayed in the box.
Click OK to save your settings and exit the menu.
The driver saves the settings in the registry.
The 3DTV Play lets you view immersive 3D pictures on your 3D TV with the built-in NVIDIA
Photo viewer. The photo viewer is automatically installed with 3DTV Play software and
supports viewing stereoscopic 3D photograph files; including those taken with the Fujifilm
FinePix REAL D W1 and W3 point-and-shoot camera. You can also edit the 3D effects to display
customized 3D pop-up experience.
For more information on using the photo viewer or to download 3D photos, go to:
Want to experience 3D movies at home? Bring the 3D movie experience to your 3D PC and
watch the latest Blu-ray 3D movies in the comfort of your home and enjoy 3D movies at full
1080p resolution with 3DTV Play software.
NVIDIA GeForce GPUs include a powerful, dedicated video processor that offloads complex
video tasks from the computer CPU to enable a premium movie experience. Lower CPU
utilization can result in reduced power consumption, heat and noise, and a longer battery life
for notebook users.
For more information on using Blu-ray 3D, go to:
Supported Blu-ray 3D Software
The following players have been tested to work with 3DTV Play
 Cyberlink PowerDVD 9 and 10 Mark II
 Arcsoft TotalMedia Theater 3 and 4
 Sonic CinePlayer
 Corel WinDVD 10
Viewing Blu-ray 3D
When viewing a Blu-ray 3D movie, set the Windows desktop resolution to the HD 3D mode
1080p, 1920x1080 and 24 Hz refresh rate. See Step 10 on page 5 to change the Windows
NVIDIA 3DTV Play software allows you to view immersive, 3D videos on your PC using the
NVIDIA 3D Video player software. This software is available to download from
NVIDIA recommends downloading and using content from our website at
When viewing 3D movies, set the Windows desktop resolution to any supported HD 3D mode.
However, it is recommended that you select a mode that matches the frames-per-second of your
video content. For instance, if you have a 24 fps video, you should select the HD 3D mode
1080p, 1920x1080 and 24 Hz refresh rate. See Step 10 on page 5 to change resolution.
Viewing 3D Movie Files
Download the movie to a temporary location on your hard disk.
Launch the 3D Vision Video Player.
Select FileOpen File and select your file you saved.
Double click inside the video playback area to switch to fullscreen 3D mode.
Playback area
 Note: If you use other players such as the 3dtv Stereoscopic Player to watch 3D
movies, you must switch the mode from any other rendering type (such as
side/side) into NVIDIA 3D Vision mode. If you leave it in side/side mode, NVIDIA
3DTV Play software will not work.
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