How To Watch 3D Movies At Home

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What is Required to Watch 3D Movies at Home

Our 3D TV needs special 3D glasses and a 3D-compatible TV set or projector to watch 3D movies. The 3D television can also be used to watch other 2D movies, but only after you have worn the 3D glasses.

As well-known for its 3D TVs, Samsung also has some of the leading 3D projectors on the market. 3D content has become more plentiful in the last few years than ever before. Almost every movie shown at your local IMAX is in 3D. With the demand for 3D content is at an all-time high. Movies are getting better and better in 3D quality too. 3D Blu-ray discs are great if you want to watch 3D movies at home.

A Viewing Device

The History of 3D Movies at Home

3D movies have been around since the early 20th century. With the advances in technology and in particular the creation of the LCD, TV manufacturers decided to incorporate the 3D feature into their HDTV's. But the public didn't take that well to the idea and initial uptake was slow. Part of the problem was that cable television companies were slow to pick up what was a relatively new technology at the time.

However, with the evolution in technology, 3D movies now have a second chance at success. This time, the 3D movie format is available on DVD as the Blu-Ray Disc version is still in its infancy. Also, although you can still find 3D movies in the theater, the market for 3D movies on DVD is now mainly filled with 3D conversions of non-3D movies which were filmed in 3D. But, with a 3d projector you can watch home made 3D movies easily. The cost of a good projector is around 200.00 dollars.

3D Media

3D media content can come in several different forms. For 3D television at home, 3D movies on disc, 3D movies on streaming services, and 3D games on consoles are the popular options.

The most common 3D movies on disc are in Blu-ray format. These are not 3D-enabled discs, but can be viewed in 3D on the PS4 or other 3D-enabled devices. To watch in 3D at home, you will need a 3D-enabled television and 3D Blu-ray player. On your TV, you need to be sure that it’s 3D-enabled. This can be seen on the label on the product packaging.

For 3D movies in streaming form, there are two popular options, Netflix or YouTube. Both are free and browseable. Both companies are continually expanding their offerings, but are also adding new genres and taking things away from time to time.

Netflix currently offers the most catalog listings for 3D movies. In the U.S., there are a total of 393 titles in their streaming library. The most current movie offering is the Madagascar series. They also offer a few original series episodes in 3D, such as the final two episodes of “House of Cards”.

3D Glasses

Before you buy a pair of 3D glasses, there are some important things you need to know about the two types of 3D glasses. The technical difference between active and passive 3D glasses is whether they use batteries or not.

Active 3D Glasses (battery-powered): Active 3D glasses require a battery to be installed in each pair of glasses to be able to receive the 3D signal, and then split the signal onto each eye. If the battery fails, so does the 3D picture.

Active 3D glasses require a battery to be installed in each pair of glasses to be able to receive the 3D signal, and then split the signal onto each eye. If the battery fails, so does the 3D picture. Passive 3D Glasses (battery-free): These glasses don’t require batteries and are normally able to receive the 3D signal directly from a 3D television without any interference, but they can’t be used in conjunction with other sets since the 3D image will not be visible.

Each pair of 3D glasses works by blocking out the image for one eye and allowing the image for the other eye to be seen. This creates the illusion of depth-perception, just like with a 3D movie or 3D computer game. The effect is achieved by displaying different images or slightly different perspectives to each eye.

How to Optimize your Viewing Experience

At home, most people use commercially-available, specialized 3D viewing glasses. The glasses contain a very light and inexpensive filter that's sufficient to block out most of the light coming from the screen. They are designed for use with a specific 3D TV or project and deliver the intended 3D effect solely to your eyes.

A general knowledge of the process and equipment used to capture the movie (source) and produce the 3D viewing glasses (viewer) will help you prepare your movie watching session with the best 3D viewing experience.

There are a few steps that you can take to ensure that you have a fun and satisfactory movie-watching experience and you don’t miss any scenes from your 3D movie because you can’t differentiate between the images that are supposed to be seen in 3D and those that are supposed to be in 2D.

Basically, these steps will help you get the most out of your home entertainment system setup and it’ll ensure a great 3D viewing experience.

3D Glasses – What’s the Deal?

Unlike with HDTV and computer monitors, watching 3D movies requires the use of 3D glasses. 3D glasses are an accessory that is available with the majority of 3D TV sets. When it comes to choosing the best 3D glasses, you should learn as much as possible about how to watch 3D movies at home and determine which glasses will work best for you.

There are two different types of 3D glasses available in the market – active and passive 3D glasses. Active 3D glasses are self-powered, while passive 3D glasses are powered by an external source. An active 3D glasses set typically comes with 2 pairs of 3D glasses, one for the left eye, another for the right. Most active glasses also contain batteries. If you have a pair of active 3D glasses, you also have to worry about battery life, and ensuring you always have fresh batteries on hand in order to power them. However, some active glasses do not have batteries and are powered by a USB cable which must be plugged into an outlet … same as your TV.

Passive Polarized Glasses

One of the two most common methods people use to watch 3D movies at home is to purchase the passive polarized glasses. This type of 3D glasses is generally most affordable option among the two and it’s also the most widespread.

Wearing the polarized glasses is pretty straight forward as you only have to put the glasses on either side and you can start watching the 3D movie. Also, most brands produce glasses that fit both adults and children.

But besides being affordable and easy to use, the polarized glasses are also incredibly lightweight. You won’t experience any pressure or discomfort while wearing them and most users agree it’s not difficult to forget they’re on.

With all being said, passive polarized 3D glasses also have some drawbacks. One of the biggest disadvantages is that you only get to enjoy the 3D experience with one more person. If you want to watch a 3D movie with a large audience, you’ll need multiple pairs of the 3D glasses. Also, you should know that many of the polarized 3D glasses are limited in brightness, which means they can inhibit your 3D movie viewing experience.

Active Shutter Glasses

Vs. “Polarized” Glasses

One of the drawbacks of watching 3D movies at the theater is that you need to wear special glasses to see the 3D effect. You are only allowed to take the glasses home with you during the credits. If you don’t have your 3D glasses, you can’t watch anything except what you can see clearly without glasses. In order to watch 3D movies at home, you need to have active shutter glasses or polarized glasses.

Active Shutter Glasses

Active shutter glasses are available for purchase separately or with 3D TV sets. They work by using small LCD shutters, that you wear over your eyes, that open at precisely timed intervals to let one image in, then close, then open to let a different image in, then close, and so on.

It’s the precise timing of the shutters switching images that tricks your eyes into seeing 3D. The battery-powered glasses have built-in infrared transmitters that communicate with the TV to tell it when the glasses need to open or close.

The precision timing of the shutters means you must have the correct shutter glasses for the TV that you’re watching or else the 3D effect will be lost. Never use the 3D glasses from one manufacturer with a TV from another manufacturer.

What to Do If your AV Receiver Isn’t 3D Compatible

If your AV receiver isn’t 3D compatible you’ll need a little extra equipment to enjoy 3D movies. You’ll need the 3D Blu-ray disc player, a HDMI 1.4 cable, 3D glasses, and an HDTV that is compatible with 3D. We’re going to talk about all the equipment you’ll need but before we talk about the equipment you need lets talk about 3D and how 3D works.

Your TV or 3D Blu-ray player will have different outputs like, HDMI, composite, component and many others but when it comes to 3D the best you can do is the HDMI. It is the highest quality, picture wise, and sound wise.

HDMI or High-Definition Multimedia Interface is the cable you need for 3D.

3D glasses are also necessary. They are polarized and they block out certain images. The TV or 3D Blu-ray player will have specific channels for your glasses to plug into. If not make sure that when your 3D Blu-ray has the 3D logo on it that the film was shot using a 3D format. If it wasn’t then it can’t be shown in the 3D format.

Using 2 HDMI Ports

In order to watch a 3D movie at home – either in the comfort of your living room or in a movie booth – you’ll need to purchase separate 3D glasses for each eyeball. That means that to watch a 3D movie with your family and friends, you’ll need four pairs of 3D glasses. Fortunately, you can cut your costs by using 3D technology, not to mention the considerable hassle, time and frustration, by building your own 3D theater right at home.

The only basic requirement to watch 3D movies at home is 3D-capable HDTV(high-definition televisions) and a ground-breaking technology called 3D Pass-Through.

3D Pass-Through is the ability of your HDTV to display the 3D picture without the use of a 3D TV. In simpler terms, using your HDTV, you can output two separate pictures to your 3D TV and to your 2D (TV) TV, at the same time.

By using two HDMI (High-Definition Multimedia Interface) ports, and connecting your 3D TV and your 2D TV, you are able to create a 3D theater at home with the entire family watching 3D movies for the fraction of the cost.

Using Direct Audio Connections

3D movies can be experienced at home without the need for special glasses as long as you have a 3D compatible TV and compatible player. In general, 3D movies are encoded using one of two 3D audio formats that are supported on 3D TV’s and through HDMI 1.4 conections: Dolby® Digital Plus (DD+) from the Blu-ray 3D Disc or Multi-channel PCM Sound.

If your TV has arrived with built-in support for DD+ audio, you can connect your Blu-ray 3D player to the TV using an HDMI cable and get the complete 3D experience. On the other hand, if you have an older TV and have to add a new player to get 3D support, you may need to make sure that your player has support for DD+ or PCM audio and if it does, you connect the player for 3D directly to the TV.

Most modern players have support for these types of audio and if not, they can be updated using a firmware update. Double-check this before buying an extra player.

Alternatively, you can use a surround sound system to get the 3D experience. Just connect your 3D player to the home theater system using a standard digital audio cable. The correct interconnects will ensure that you get the correct 3D audio format (DD+ or PCM) through the system.

The Pros and Cons of Watching 3D Media at Home

The 3D technology has been a core part of the entertainment industry. There was a time when the 3D movies were like a candy for kids, but now it's become a serious business for the movie makers. They have understood that the 3D movies can be a huge box office success if they are made in high quality and if they are handled properly.

3D movies have drawn the attention of many movie makers and they have been producing 3D movies with much more ease and speed. There have also been smaller movies that have come up with cheap 3D movies that can be shot and released in the theaters with little cost.

The 3D movies do add an extra element of fun for the cinemas, but it’s never a guarantee of success. There are many technical difficulties and critical points that have to be taken care of to make a 3D movie successful at the box office. There are however significant improvements in the technology that make it accessible for a home viewing experience.

The 3D technology has been widely accepted and embraced by the audience, but it still takes the effort from the viewer to actually enjoy a 3D movie.

3D viewing – the Pros

In this 3D viewing guide, in this article, we’ll explore the pros and cons of viewing 3D movies. By the end of this section you will have a good idea what type of 3D glasses are best for you. We’ll also discuss if 3D is worth it, the difference between 3D and 4K, the different entertainment options at home, and more. So, whether you’re a movie buff or someone who just wants to upgrade their at home viewing experience, you’re going to learn quite a few things in this section.

3D Viewing – the Cons

There are several disadvantages associated with watching 3D movies, at home, at least compared with a regular 2D movie. First and foremost, the cost of getting a 3D TV and 3D Blu-Ray player is considerable. Second, you may not have enough space to place the viewer and television away from each other to give 3D viewing a proper "at-home" feel … you can't sit close enough to the screen to get the full 3D effect. Some people opt to use active shutter glasses, but others don't like the weight and the fact that you have to charge them. Finally, you have to deal with the timing of switching the 3D glasses and TV screen on and off … particularly if you have things to do between watching 3D movies.

The only way to eliminate these disadvantages is to have a home theater with a 3D projector (60’ or bigger screen) and active shutter glasses for all your guests. As you can see, there are many reasons why such a system would be expensive, and a hassle to set up for people who aren't used to it and don't want to deal with things like timing and viewers without 3D glasses.


Want to watch a 3D film and admire the extra dimension? If yes, read on to find out how you can experience your own 3D movie at home.

While several of the films you see in theaters today are pre-shot in 3D, there are several other ways to enjoy a 3D movie right at home. Maybe there is a 3D TV in your living room that you haven’t tried out. Maybe you have watched a 3D movie in a movie theater with 3D glasses, and wondered if you can bring the experience home. Or maybe you watched 3D movies on a 3D-BluRay player in your home theater system and wondered if there is a more affordable option.

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The invention of 3D cinema has brought the cinema closer to home. Having a 3D projector and 3D TV can give you the same at-home movie experience without the hassle of the crowded movie theater. This is especially important if you love watching your favorite action movies in 3D.

However, there are some disadvantages of watching 3D at home. For one, you probably won’t be able to watch 3D movies in your pajamas and eating popcorn. The advantage of a theater is that you can and you don’t need to worry about eating too much snack and spilling it during the movie. You can even watch the movie on the big screen with large buckets of popcorn.

Another disadvantage is that you may need to shell out extra bucks for the screen, the projector, and the tickets. All these together can make it more expensive than watching movies in a theater.