[Chimera-users] HDMI connection to 3D-TV and Chimera

Greg Couch gregc at cgl.ucsf.edu
Thu Jan 26 13:47:17 PST 2012

We haven't yet tried Matt Baker's setup from the wiki page, but I have 
seen many different model of Macs show double images when asked to 
display in sequential stereo, so I would expect that it work on newer 

If you are using a Windows or Linux computer, then you'll probably still 
need a workstation graphics card, i.e., an AMD FirePro or NVidia Quadro 
to do stereo-within-a-window.  Unfortunately the manufacturer's websites 
do not state which models support HDMI 1.4a.  The wikipedia.org article 
for the FirePro cards lists the V4900, V5900, and V7900 as supporting 
HD3D which is AMD's superset of HDMI 1.4.a, so those should be good 
choices.  I have not found similar information for Quadro cards (and 
it's unclear if something like the NVidia 3DTV Play product, that 
supports 3D TVs for their GeForce cards, would be needed or not -- 
shouldn't be needed, but ...).

In all cases, it is probably critical that the output resolution of the 
computer be 720p @50Hz or @60Hz since that is all that HDMI 1.4a 
supports.  1080p at 48Hz should work too.

     Good luck and please let know what you find out,


On 01/26/2012 12:04 PM, Tom Goddard wrote:
> Hi Jani,
>   We have one report of Chimera on a Mac laptop correctly rendering 
> stereo on a Samsung 3D TV:
>     http://plato.cgl.ucsf.edu/trac/chimera/wiki/3dtvs
> Greg Couch in our lab might have more details and may have tried 
> Chimera with a 3D TV.
>     Tom
>> Hi,
>> Has anyone tried running Chimera in a system where the monitor is a 3D
>> capable TV connected with an HDMI (version 1.4a) cable? In principle the
>> synchronization signal for the 3D-glasses should be transmitted along
>> the image through the HDMI cable to the TV, like in 3D blu-ray players.
>> We are planning on purchasing a system like this, but before we do I
>> would like to find out if this setup works well with Chimera.
>> --Jani
>> Jani Seitsonen
>> Aalto University
>> Espoo
>> Finland
>> jani.seitsonen at aalto.fi
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