3D TV – Frequently Asked Questions4th October 2010     By: Panasonic Media

First things first: can I use my new 3D TV to watch regular 2D TV - or am I going to need two TVs?
You don't need two TVs to enjoy the 3D experience. Every Panasonic Viera Full HD 3D TV is a highly capable Full HD 2D TV in its own right, so you can watch as much of either type of content as you like. Even better, you're free to switch from watching something in 3D back to 2D - if you really wanted to, of course.

Does that mean every Panasonic Viera TV works as a 3D TV?
That would be great, but the answer is no. We only started making Full HD 3D TVs once we were satisfied with the quality of the image. That means only the newest, fastest Viera Plasma panels work as 3D TVs.

3D is a very new technology. How does Panasonic's approach differ from the others, and why?
With 3D there was always the potential for gimmickry, but our approach has been to concentrate on the best possible picture quality right from the start - sacrificing nothing to achieve the 3D experience. The only route to the best possible picture was to provide each eye with a Full HD image at silky-smooth speeds of up to 100 times a second, and manage the image view through glasses fitted with non-polarising, high-speed electronic shutters. This means each lens in the glasses alternately darkens and lightens, too quickly to perceive, while the TV displays the corresponding right- and left-eye-specific images in sync. The result is a stereoscopic 3D effect that preserves all 1,920x1,080 (1080p) pixels for each eye - hence "Full HD 3D." Our approach was proven best at the 2010 Consumer Electronics Show (CES) 2010, where Panasonic Viera 3D Plasma won the award for " Best Product in Show".

Why is it important to view 3D images in Full HD?
The difference in picture quality between Full HD 3D and conventional 3D is easy to see - and as 3D video has a more realistic look than 2D video, differences in picture quality are more apparent. Yet unlike Panasonic Viera Plasma panels, some manufacturers' panels can't switch a complete Full HD image for each eye at sufficient speed to avoid flickering. Instead they are forced in some way or other to effectively split the display in half for each eye, resulting in a "checkerboard" or "line-by-line" image. The Sequential Full HD system we use delivers double the video data per eye, compared to the conventional method.

Is there a best way to watch 3D TV at home for the full experience?
Even though our 3D Shutter Glasses work from any angle, and even though every new Viera screen has a full anti-glare coating, there are some environmental factors that may affect your 3D viewing experience. Fluorescent lights are the most important things to switch off, as they operate at a different frequency to the glasses and may produce "flickering". Direct sunlight may affect the image in a similar way, so block it with curtains or - better still - make sure your Viera is not directly in the sun.

What is there to watch on my 3D TV right now?
You may have heard the 2010 Football World Cup has been filmed in 3D and broadcast in 3D in some areas of the world. A bit closer to home, Australians recently enjoyed viewing the Rugby League State of Origin series in 3D. 3D TV is not some science fiction future feature: 3D content is here now, and growing rapidly. Whether it's a 3D-compatible Blu-ray player playing a 3D disc, or a game console outputting 3D content, you can watch and play some of your favourite games and movies right away. And given that all major film and gaming studios are committed to production in 3D, and digital TV broadcast platforms are already 3D capable and broadcasting in Australia, there's plenty more to come.

What about games - will I be able to play games in 3D?
Definitely. All the major gaming console platforms are either 3D ready or releasing 3D capable machines soon, and game content already exists. And with your Panasonic Viera Full HD 3D TV running at a liquid-smooth 600Hz, it'll be all the more immersive.

I've heard it's possible to turn 2D source material into 3D. Can my Panasonic 3D TV do this?
The simple answer is no - and here's why: At Panasonic we're fanatics about quality - especially when it comes to visual entertainment that you'll spend hours watching. Unlike other manufacturers touting the ability to somehow produce pseudo 3D content from a 2D source, we recommend enjoying original 2D content in 2D at the highest quality possible, and experiencing native 3D content in the most amazing 3D way possible. And remember, all Panasonic 3D TVs are extraordinarily capable 2D TVs in their own right. We have put together a guide on  how 3d TV works if you would like to learn more.

I've heard 3D only works at certain angles. Do I have to sit directly in front of my TV?
Not at all. The 3D system we developed at Panasonic has two features that make for comfortable viewing at almost any angle: firstly, we use the same amazing Plasma displays as our high-end 2D Viera TVs to give you great viewing at virtually any angle (including virtual elimination of glare from side-light sources). And on top of that, the Shutter System in Panasonic 3D Glasses is not polarised - so unlike other systems, you can tilt your head all the way to the side and still see the whole picture without dimming or striping.

If we don't have enough pairs of glasses, can some of us watch 3D with glasses while the others watch without?
Watching 3D TV without glasses is not recommended. Both of your eyes will see both of the images at the same time, and the result will be blurred.

Can we borrow extra pairs of glasses from our friends, who own a different 3D TV?
Sorry, not at this stage - we worked very hard to give you the highest possibly quality viewing experience using shutter sequential technology, and other manufacturers' glasses simply aren't compatible with the speed of our sets. You can however purchase more pairs of Panasonic glasses.

So if we don't have enough glasses or can't find them, can we watch 3D content in 2D?
Absolutely. Remember, every Panasonic Viera Full HD 3D TV is a fantastic Full HD 2D TV as well - so in the future as 3D broadcast comes on stream, you can simply change the display setting and watch 3D content converted back into 2D, without having to wear glasses.

What if I wear glasses? Do the 3D glasses fit over the glasses I wear to watch TV? Will the 3D effect be different compared to people who don't wear glasses?
No problem! Your Panasonic 3D Glasses are designed to fit into your way of viewing. We've constructed them so the 3D glasses can be comfortably worn right over the top of your prescription glasses to give you the same experience as people who don't wear glasses. For a very few people with specific, rare vision conditions, it might be difficult to get the whole 3D experience - in which case you can always switch back to 2D.

Do I need to do anything special to look after the glasses?
Treat them with care, like you would any normal pair of glasses. A good wipe with a clean lens-care cloth and an occasional clean with a damp cloth should be sufficient. And while the glasses might not look like it, they actually contain high-precision electronics and batteries so please but don't dunk them in water to clean them. Other than looking after them like you would with any good glasses or sunglasses, the only thing you might need to do is replace the batteries occasionally.

Is there anything I should be aware of when watching 3D TV? Any risks?
Watching 3D TV is an immersive illusion that can affect different people in different ways, but there should be no direct health risks from using manufacturer-supplied equipment to watch 3D TV in a properly lit room for sensible periods of time. However, in the event that you experience dizziness, nausea, or other discomfort while viewing 3D images, discontinue use and rest your eyes. Please stop using the 3D Eyewear immediately if you feel tired, are not feeling well or experience any other uncomfortable sensations. Parents and guardians should monitor children's viewing habits to avoid their prolonged use without rest periods. And of course, to enjoy the 3D TV experience safely and comfortably, please read the Operating Instructions fully.

Watching a 3D movie at the cinema made me dizzy. Is this going to happen to me at home too?
There are many factors affecting the way you'll respond to 3D content, but you shouldn't experience full-on dizziness. A bit of vertigo during a specific scene might be expected and even enjoyed (some movie and game-makers will take full advantage of Viera's incredibly real 3D to create content designed to make you feel like you're moving, when you're sitting on the couch…!). Actual dizziness is different, and tends to be caused by "cross-talk" - a situation in which the images intended for left- and right-eye viewing are mixed up. Happily, Panasonic 3D technology uses high speed shutter glasses and the short-throw phosphors in Viera's astoundingly fast Plasma display to virtually eliminate cross-talk. Nevertheless, if you do feel dizzy, stop and take a break, or switch to watching in 2D.

If you have any more questions, or would like to learn more about the 3d product range make sure to take a look at the Panasonic 3d tv site.

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