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Nvidia unveils site for 3D video, photos, sports

Eager to make sure there's a reason to buy a 3D-capable video card, the graphics chipmaker unveils a site for viewing, sharing, and rating 3D content.

Nvidia's new site for showcasing and rating 3D content.
Nvidia's new site for showcasing and rating 3D content. Screenshot by Stephen Shankland/CNET

Graphics chipmaker Nvidia, eager to hasten the arrival of the 3D graphics era and spur demand for new 3D hardware, today unveiled a site for content called 3DVisionLive.

At the site, people can share their own 3D photos and see more from professional photographers; watch short videos, trailers, and sports; and rate the content they see. The site supports Nvidia's 3D Vision technology and old-school anaglyph technology with the blue and red glasses.

3D is a theme at CES this year--and not for the first time. Moving the industry is a massive undertaking that involves content creation, content distribution, and any number of hardware support and compatibility issues.

"The goal of is to create an online community where users can experience the best applications and content for 3D PCs," said Phil Eisler, general manager of 3D Vision, in a statement. "Now photo and video professionals and enthusiasts will see the future of their profession or passion in 3D with an easy-to-use Web site."

A quick glance at the site reveals some imagery that one might expect to appeal to the stereotypical gaming nerd who pays for premium graphics technology--photos of scantily clad women and stills from various video games. There also are plenty of landscape and other subjects with potentially broader appeal.

Videos cover sporting subjects such as surfing, mountain biking, flying, and racing. Here, too, video game content and "Bikini Carwash" duke it out with nature documentaries for setting the tone.

Nvidia announced the site at the Consumer Electronics Show, taking place this week in Las Vegas.

Also at the show, Nvidia will demonstrate several new PCs and displays with 3D Vision.

One will be the Asus All-in-One PC ET2400XVT, available now for sale online. It has a 23.6-inch, 1920 x 1080, multitouch display, a Blu-ray drive, and an Nvidia GeForce GTX 460M GPU.