RV with Nvidia 3D Vision Pro

RV has supported hardware stereoscopy since well before Nvidia came out with the "3D Vision" and "non-3D Vision" stereo should still work with Quadro cards and cheep shutter glasses. This post is an attempt to summarize what's possible with the newer Nvidia-branded glasses and nvidia-approved monitors.

If you are using RV with some or all of the 3D Vision equipment, please post a comment to this thread ! If you do post, please provide as much details as possible including platform, hardware, drivers and settigns. We'll update the main article periodically with a summary of what we (think we) know.

What we (think we) know about Nvidia 3D Vision

  • Nvidia describes two varieties of 3D Vision, "Home" and "Pro" on this page. RV, like other "pro" apps, uses "quad-buffered" OpenGL stereo and so the "Pro" version of 3D Vision is where you should check for hardware compatibility, etc.
  • RV + 3D Vision Pro will only work with the Quadro cards listed on this page, and not with GeForce cards.
  • Some (more expensive) Quadro cards provide an on-board connector for stereo sync, while others provide sync to glasses via a USB driver. Only the on-board connector type of sync control is supported by Nvidia Linux drivers. On Windows you can use either.

Additional reference resources

  • Main Nvidia 3D Vision page.
  • 3D Vision Pro FAQ.
  • A couple interesting forum discussions: one and two.

Non-3D vision stereo setup

Is described here. We'll update and merge these two pages as necessary to describe the whole spectrum of possible setups.

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    Marcus Hutchinson

    Simple How to for Nvidia 3D Vision LCD Shutter glasses on Linux CentOS (5.3)

    Hardware and Software

    GFX card = Nvidia FX3800, driver = 260.90.36 (x86_64)

    PC = HP z800

    OS = Cent 5.3 (64bit)

    Normally for shutter glasses you would set the Option stereo to "3" , but not for these 3D Vision Glasses, even though there is currently  no support for the USB transmitter in Linux , you need to set the Option stereo to  "10" anyway,  the trick is to wire up both the USB and the DIN connector ( the Fx3800 does not have the DIN connector on it, you need to connect the small daughter card with the stereo sync DIN connector to it.

    The GFX driver needs to be version 260.xx or higher as it seems that the Nvidia driver now has a section for approved displays in it and I found that running older drivers I still could not get 3D, looking in the Xorg.0.log the Nvidia driver was complaining that my display was not approved (was not listed in 196.x driver)

    Xorg.conf settings that will need to be added:

    in the Section "Screen" add,

    Option Stereo" "10"

    also make sure the meta mode contains something like this for resolution and refresh rate:

     Option         "metamodes" "1920x1080_120 +0+0"

     

    under the Section "Screen" make a new Section called "Extensions" :

    Section "Extensions"

        Option         "Composite" "Disable"

    EndSection

    So that's how I got the 3D vision glasses to work with RV in Linux

     

    Tested with the Planar 3D  and the Alienware 3D LCD screens

     

    -Marcus

    Digital Domain

     

     

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    Dylan Penhale

    Thanks Marcus, that option had me running around for a while. Setting to 10 did the trick.

    Tested on z600, Quadro 3700, Dell Alienware 2310.

    Dylan

    Fuel VFX

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    ts

    GFX card = Nvidia FX4600, driver = 260.19.36

    PC = HP z600

    OS = Fedora 8 (64bit) Custom Kernel 2.6.32.4-1

    My xorg.conf

    Under Monitor
    # 1920x1080 @ 120.00 Hz (GTF) hsync: 138.84 kHz; pclk: 368.76 MHz
    Modeline "1920x1080_120.00" 368.76 1920 2072 2288 2656
    1080 1081 1084 1157 -HSync +Vsync

    Under Device
    Option "UseEDIDFreqs" "0"
    Option "Stereo" "10"

    Under Screen
    SubSection "Display"
    # USE THIS ONE FOR Alienware Active Stereo
    Modes "1920x1080_120.00"

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    Marcus Hutchinson

    on newer drivers (I am using 319.49)  you must also add the following to your xorg.conf in the 'screen' section

    Option "AllowDFPStereo"    "yes"

    Option "UBB"     "True"

     

    -Marcus

     

     

     

     

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    Dave Peh

    Hi Support,

    Help needed as the 3D vision 2 emitter is constantly flashing red.

    PC = Z800

    OS = Linux Centos 6.4

    Monitor = ASUS VG248

    GPU = Nvidia Quadro M6000 driver v367.57 (x86_64)

    RV v6.0.3

    I have did all the actions mentioned above in xorg,

    in the Section "Screen" add,

    Option Stereo" "10"

    Option "metamodes" "1920x1080_120 +0+0"

    Option "AllowDFPStereo"    "yes"

    Option "UBB"     "True"

    Under Device
    Option "UseEDIDFreqs" "0"
    Option "Stereo" "10"

    under the Section "Screen" make a new Section called "Extensions" :

    Section "Extensions"

        Option         "Composite" "Disable"

    EndSection

    Thanks.

    Dave 

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