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I need to get a blu-ray drive for my PC. I just bought a 3D setup and would like to watch a movie or two in 3D. I went to amazon just now to buy one and I have no clue which one to get. I see some for $40 and some for $70+.

I would really appreciate some suggestions. I am looking to buy from amazon. +rep to the helpful. I know this thread rocks!

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Many of the less expensive drives don't come with software to watch Blu-Ray movies, keep that in mind.
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Many of the less expensive drives don't come with software to watch Blu-Ray movies, keep that in mind.
Ok, great. This is exactly the kind of thing I need to know. So I should make sure the drive includes the software. Which drive do you suggest?
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How do you plan on getting the audio from the discs, through a sound card or digital stream to an external decoder? If the latter, then the bundled software will do fine, if the former, then it gets tricky. Many bundled Blu-ray software players only allow stereo sound decoding, but can stream a surround sound to an external amp for decoding.

As far as brands, I like Lite-On. Mine has done me well over the 2 years I've had it. It's the player software that can be a PITA. I had nothing but problems with PowerDVD for Blu-ray, but Arcsoft Total Media Theater works without a hitch.
    
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How do you plan on getting the audio from the discs, through a sound card or digital stream to an external decoder? If the latter, then the bundled software will do fine, if the former, then it gets tricky. Many bundled Blu-ray software players only allow stereo sound decoding, but can stream a surround sound to an external amp for decoding.

As far as brands, I like Lite-On. Mine has done me well over the 2 years I've had it. It's the player software that can be a PITA. I had nothing but problems with PowerDVD for Blu-ray, but Arcsoft Total Media Theater works without a hitch.
Thanks, this is helpful. I guess I would get the audio from my soundcard. I have heard good things about lite-on so I will look at one of those that comes with the software. +rep
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I just put a blu-ray drive in my pc last week.

I went with the samsung SH-B123L from newegg for $74.99 free shipping. I think it's on sale right now though for like $68.

Now it did not come with software so after doing some research I went with Cyberlink PowerDVD 10 ultra which will do the 3d for you. The software was on sale for $69. Although I was hoping to find a free player they don't exist. I will say that the PowerDVD 10 does work very well. It also upconverts normal DVD's.

I have watched a few movies on it and it works REALLY good! I am very happy with both the drive and software.

If you have any questions let me know!
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I just put a blu-ray drive in my pc last week.

I went with the samsung SH-B123L from newegg for $74.99 free shipping. I think it's on sale right now though for like $68.

Now it did not come with software so after doing some research I went with Cyberlink PowerDVD 10 ultra which will do the 3d for you. The software was on sale for $69. Although I was hoping to find a free player they don't exist. I will say that the PowerDVD 10 does work very well. It also upconverts normal DVD's.

I have watched a few movies on it and it works REALLY good! I am very happy with both the drive and software.

If you have any questions let me know!
Thanks Mtbiker. When you say the software will do the 3D for me does that mean the nvidia 3D software that came with the drivers will not do the 3d? I guess I thought all of this was a little more straightforward. Put blu-ray in drive, press play and watch a 3D movie
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Thanks Mtbiker. When you say the software will do the 3D for me does that mean the nvidia 3D software that came with the drivers will not do the 3d? I guess I thought all of this was a little more straightforward. Put blu-ray in drive, press play and watch a 3D movie
PowerDVD10 is compatible with 3d blu-ray playback. to be honest I'm not sure how it works myself either but I'm pretty sure that nvidia's 3d tech is the same as what is used on the new 3d blu-rays. I am going to check the info that came with the software and post it for you.

This is from the CyberLink PowerDVD Help about 3d:

3D Playback
CyberLink PowerDVD supports the playback of 3D* Blu-ray Discs*, DVDs, and video files. CyberLink PowerDVD can also convert any regular 2D DVD movie and video file into 3D using TrueTheater 3D*.

3D Playback Warning: if you experience headaches, dizziness, nausea, blurry eyesight or other symptoms while watching 3D video content, it is highly recommended that you stop playback immediately and see your doctor.

Note: * this feature is not available in some versions of CyberLink PowerDVD.


The first time you launch the CyberLink PowerDVD program, you are asked if you want to set up your 3D display device. Click the Yes button to set it up and then select the Display Device tab. Select Auto detect 3D display to have CyberLink PowerDVD choose your display device for you, or you can manually select it from the drop-down menu if you select the second radio button.

Note: if you do not have a compatible 3D display device, you can select Anaglyph Red/Cyan and then enable the 3D options to watch content in 3D with anaglyphic (red/cyan) 3D glasses.


If you did not set up your 3D display device at first launch, you can do so at any time in the 3D Display Configuration window. See 3D Display Configuration for more information.

Note: a number of features are disabled during 3D playback. See the readme for a detailed list.


Enabling 3D Playback
When you insert a 3D Blu-ray Disc or DVD, or play a 3D video file, CyberLink PowerDVD plays it back automatically in 3D if 3D mode is enabled. CyberLink PowerDVD also automatically converts all 2D DVDs and video files to 3D using TrueTheater 3D once 3D mode is enabled.

To enable 3D playback, just select the button on the playback controls.

Note: 3D mode is enabled when the 3D icon on the playback controls displays as .


If you need to adjust your 3D display configuration or the playback settings, click next to the button on the playback controls. See 3D Display Configuration for details on all the available configuration options.

3D Display Configuration
To open the 3D Display Configuration window, click next to the button on the playback controls. Configure the 3D settings as follows:

General

On the General tab, set the 3D display configuration.

3D scene depth: if required, use the slider to adjust the amount of depth in the video image, until the resulting 3D image is optimized for your specific setup.

Swapping left/right eye views: during the playback of 3D content, if you begin to feel uncomfortable or uneasy, it may be because the layout of the 3D video is displayed differently than most standard content. If this occurs, try selecting the opposite eye view. This switches the way the 3D content is displayed on your display device, and may reduce the discomfort.

Source Format

If 3D content is not displaying properly during the playback of 3D DVDs or video files, you can manually set the 3D video format on the Source Format tab.

Auto detect format: select this option to have CyberLink PowerDVD automatically detect the video format of the 3D content for you. When selected, CyberLink PowerDVD automatically plays 3D DVDs and video files in 3D when 3D mode is enabled. If CyberLink PowerDVD detects that you are playing a 2D DVD or video file, it uses TrueTheater 3D to convert the 2D video to 3D.

Side by side format: select this option if the 3D content has two different video images side by side. CyberLink PowerDVD merges the two images to produce the 3D effect.

Over/under format: select this option if the 3D content has two different video images. one on top of the other. CyberLink PowerDVD merges the two images to produce the 3D effect.

2D format: select this option if the content is in regular 2D mode and you want to use CyberLink TrueTheater to convert to 3D.

Display Device

On the Display Device tab you can set up your 3D display device.

Auto detect 3D display: select this option to have CyberLink PowerDVD automatically detect your device for you. If you do not have a 3D display, CyberLink PowerDVD plays 3D content in Anaglyph Red/Cyan mode and then watch content in 3D with anaglyphic (red/cyan) 3D glasses.

If you want to manually select your 3D display device, select the other radio button and then select it from the drop-down menu. If you do not have a 3D display device, can select Anaglyph Red/Cyan and then use anaglyphic (red/cyan) 3D glasses to watch 3D content.

Also added a picture of it as it looks very classy with the mirrored tray and minimal badging on it. The open close button lights up blue and flashes a little during playback.

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