CHIP DESIGNER Nvidia has announced that it will be freely distributing its 3D Vision video player software to web designers, allowing websites to stream 3D video.
Nvidia's 3D Vision is a plug-in for Microsoft's Media Platform Player Framework (MPPF) that is itself part of Microsoft's Silverlight plug-in system and supports 3D using active shutter glasses. Surprisingly MPPF is an open source project that Microsoft hopes will entice web developers to adopt its decidedly closed source Silverlight software.
Although both Microsoft and Nvidia waxed lyrical about 3D video streaming, one video card vendor told The INQUIRER at an event yesterday that it wasn't witnessing any significant demand for 3D on computers. The comments are hardly a big surprise, given that donning a pair of shutter glasses is about as desirable as having a broken leg.
Streaming 3D video content over the web poses bandwidth and synchronisation challenges and while Microsoft's MPPF supports the Smooth Streaming software in its Internet Information Services web server, the majority of the web runs on the Apache web server. At present Nvidia is providing the tools for developers to take the first steps in streaming 3D video over the web, with optimisations to be forthcoming.
Nvidia did what it apparently wanted to do by bringing its 3D Vision plug-in for Silverlight to market, however the jury is still out on whether there will be many takers. µ