[Chimera-users] Setup for 3D workstations?

Greg Couch gregc at cgl.ucsf.edu
Mon Jul 28 12:01:23 PDT 2014

For 3D stereo viewing in a lab with multiple systems viewing in stereo 
at the same time, you need to avoid using an infrared-based system.  
That means, either an active glasses setup with the NVIDIA 3D Vision Pro 
that uses RF, or a passive glasses setup with a row-interleaved stereo 
monitor (the same glasses that are used for Reald 3D in movie theaters). 
The problem with row-interleaved monitors is that Chimera's 2D dialogs 
are hard to read when looking at the screen with the glasses, so I'd 
recommend the NVIDIA 3D Vision Pro solution if you have the money.  And, 
for Chimera, you will need a NVIDIA Quadro graphics card like the K4000 
that you mentioned.  See 
http://www.nvidia.com/object/3d-vision-professional-users.html for details.

I don't know of any 3D TVs that use RF to control active glasses, so 
there is no need to explore using 3D TVs, i.e., a HDMI solution is not 
for you (but for people setting up a single 3D stereo system, a great 
solution is a Windows 8 computer with an AMD Radeon w/HD3D graphics 
card, and a 3D TV).



On 07/27/2014 10:42 PM, Kenward Vaughan wrote:
> Hello all,
> I apologize if this is skewed for the list; please correct me if so.
> I am putting together a proposal to set up a 3D/computational lab at 
> our school for the STEM area, with Chimera at the top of the list of 
> applications using it.  The general idea is to have 10 workstations 
> and one workstation-server (the server side being used for 
> computational work), with students at each station doing their own 
> things.
> Does anyone have an idea of the best setup for each station with 
> respect to hardware for viewing in 3D??  I expect our Dell-camp school 
> to go with something like an Inspiron T5610, using an nVidia K4000 card.
> I was thinking that the nVidia 3D vision system made sense, but 
> honestly don't know if that would work with 10 different ones going at 
> once.  I am unfamiliar with other options.
> Would someone help me with this?  There would be two or three students 
> at each station, FWIW. Am I out in left field in my thinking?
> Cheers,
> Kenward

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