[Chimera-users] 3D viewing

Greg Couch gregc at cgl.ucsf.edu
Thu Apr 7 12:56:31 PDT 2016

See http://plato.cgl.ucsf.edu/trac/chimera/wiki/hardware#StereoHardware 
for general information.  There's a link to it in the Chimera's User 
Manual in the documentation of the stereo command.

To summarize:

1) for Linux you need a workstation graphics card, ie., an AMD FirePro 
or NVIDIA Quadro graphics card.

2) You don't need a second monitor since Chimera uses 3D stereo within 
the graphics window (which is why you need a workstation graphics card).

3) Technically, you don't need a card with a 3-pin DIN if the monitor 
does passive stereo or if the monitor has the emitter built-in (like 
most 3D TVs).  If you are using NVIDIA's 3D Vision product with it's 
emitter and 3D glasses, you need the 3-pin DIN output (not true for 
Windows).  That said, any decent workstation graphics card that supports 
3D stereo will have the 3-pin DIN output.

Passive stereo from a monitor usually makes the 2D dialogs unreadable, 
so stick with an active stereo glasses setup for the best results (or 
keep the passive glasses low on your nose, and peer over them to view 
the 2D dialogs :-)).

If you buy a 3D TV to use as a monitor, try to make sure it supports 
HDMI 2.0.  But the best thing to do is to take your computer to the TV 
store and test it before buying.



On 04/06/2016 04:23 PM, Mohamed Noor wrote:
> Dear all
> Where can I find information on the hardware required for 3D viewing 
> with Chimera? I am building my Linux system, so I would appreciate 
> useful pointers.
> 1. IIUC, I need a Quadro card as this does not work with GeForce. What 
> should I look for when selecting a suitable card?
> 2. I want to also have a second monitor. Since this is not going to be 
> used for 3D, can I just hook up any normal monitor? Or do both 
> monitors have to be the same model etc.?
> 3. I have read that I need to have a card with 3-pin DIN port. Is this 
> true?
> Thanks.
> Mohamed
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