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NVIDIA 3D settings for ERDAS stereo applications

by Technical Evangelist ‎08-12-2016 06:17 AM - edited ‎11-08-2019 01:48 PM (2,840 Views)

Question

How can I configure NVIDIA 3D settings for ERDAS stereo applications?

Answer

If you have not configured stereo settings for your graphics card or if your computer system doesn’t have a graphics card that supports quad-buffered stereo, ERDAS stereo applications such as Terrain Editor, Stereo Analyst for ArcGIS, PRO600 and ORIMA will use anaglyph rendering techniques to recreate and display the 3D digital representation of the area of interest.

 

In order to configure 3D settings please follow below steps.

 

  1. Open the NVIDIA Control Panel Settings.
  2. Under 3D Settings select “Manage 3D Settings”.
  3. Change the setting for Stereo Enable to “On”.
  4. Check the Stereo Mode dropdown list for the correct emitter setting for 3D Vision. The options you see will depend on the graphics adapter and OS. Here are some examples:
    1. “On-board DIN connector (with 3D Vision)”
    2. “On-board DIN connector”
    3. Or anything that relates to “3D Vision”
    4. Or Generic Active Stereo.
  5. Once this setting is set, click apply to confirm your changes and then launch stereo viewer.

 

Additional notes:

 

  1. When updating the driver select Custom Install, then Perform Clean Install. This process will completely erase all previous NVIDIA drivers and install the latest version. A reboot after the installation is always a good idea.
  2. NVIDIA has stopped selling and supporting its 3D vision kits and drivers. So, please keep in mind that the most recent drivers from NVIDIA won’t have the 3D vision driver. Be careful with selecting and installing the correct driver. We can recommend upgrading to graphics card driver R418 U4 (425.31) or earlier. This one was released on April 11, 2019 and may be the last release that has 3D vision driver support.
  3. The Windows 10 updates have caused some issues. For example, Open GL stereo was broken on Windows 10 with the release of the Windows 10 Creators update (Update 1703). At that time NVIDIA has posted a driver at their website, version 385.41, that allowed quad-buffered stereo to work with Windows 10 Creator edition, so later versions should also have this fix (R418 U4). However, older Quadro products such as the Quadro 4000, 5000, or 6000 were not supported with this fix which may require you to drop back your Windows 10 version.

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