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[How to] Watch 3D movies on your non-3D laptop/desktop/TV screen

Saturday, October 13, 2012

NOTE: This article is totally original, like all the others on this blog. Please do not copy or rip it off (which unfortunately many technology writers have a knack of doing). As of 12th October, 2012, this is the only tutorial on how to watch 3D movies on a non-3D screen.

NOTE 2: Followed this tutorial successfully? To see some assorted images with excellent 3D effect, go to the following posts:
Set 1:http://www.hasaan.com/2014/01/10-amazing-anaglyph-3d-images-set-1.html
Set  2: http://www.hasaan.com/2014/01/8-awesome-anaglyph-3d-images-set-2.html
 

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WATCHING 3D MOVIES ON YOUR NON-3D LAPTOP/DESKTOP/TV SCREEN VIA ANAGLYPH METHOD - WITHOUT MESSING UP THE COLOURS!


    If you're into movies and technology, you might have wished to be able to view 3D movies on your ordinary laptop/desktop/TV display - but upon searching, you found that you can't do that without a specialized (and very expensive) 3D-compatible display, right? If the answer is yes, then you might be glad to discover that you can actually do that. :)

But HOW - without a 3D-compatible display? The answer is simple - there are several methods to view 3D, and we'll follow one that doesn't need a specialized display. :) The 3D method in fashion on current 3D compatible screens is stereoscopic 3D. But we shall follow the ANAGLYPH method - because as mentioned, you'll not need a 3D compatible display for that.

If you have some insight, you will ask a couple of questions at this stage, like:
 
i. Isn't Anaglyph supposed to totally spoil the colours of the movie? 
         Technically, yes; which is why this method became obsolete in the first place - BUT I discovered a simple workaround to this, (which I shall mention in the end); and if you follow it, you can bring the colours to a near-perfect representation :) So, if you follow the method in this guide, the colours of the movie will not be spoiled :)

ii. But can we watch standard 3D movies (in side-by-side format) as Anaglyphs without conversion?
         Yes you can - but not on standard players like VLC or Windows Media yet, you'll need to download a player like KM Player (my recommendation), Stereoscopic Player or any other player with a similar feature (e.g. Cyberlink PowerDVD). Don't worry though, it's easy!

iii. Doesn't Anaglyph 3D produce a poor effect compared to newer versions?
         Newer methods use a specialized screen and powered glasses to project separate images from screen layers into each eye. This gives the effect of having a binocular vision in the screen, just like you see real objects.
         In Anaglyph, two colours at the opposite end of the spectrum are used at each eye. One colour wipes the other out and stops it from being perceived. As two separate images are then seen by the eyes on the screen, those images give a similar and hence equal 3D effect as the newer method. You just need to set the colours right!
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The Steps:

Okay, so you've decided to try this out. Here's what to do!

1. Getting/designing your pair of Anaglyph 3D glasses!

         Anaglyph glasses have different colours for each eye. Although several combinations are available, we'll stick to the traditional type, i.e. Red for the Left Eye, Blue for the Right.

         If you can find it at your local glasses' shop, that'll be great! With some old magazines, they used to give a pair of anaglyph glasses on a card frame. See if you got one. I got one when I was a child with some Jurassic Park book - lost it because it wasn't much use back then. Did give me the idea though.

         If you can NOT find it at the glasses' shop, no worries - for you can always tell the shopkeeper to make a customized one for you (like I did). Ask him to show you red and blue variants of sunglasses and choose a a nice red and blue shade. I'll drop some important tips below.

    i. Choose a lighter shade of blue. i.e. the blue colour should be more of a blend with a Cyan shade.
    ii. Red should be deep and should necessarily be red - not brown/orange. 
    iii. Darkness level of both sides should not be mismatched. Both should allow relatively equal amount of light.
My anaglyph 3D glasses.
          Some people might tell you to use coloured markers over transparency slides to make these glasses.  Please don't do that or you'll break my heart. This method really sucks! (but yes, you're guessing right; I tried this first :P  )

2. Getting a 3D movie
          Choose a movie of your choice and download it. The only tip I'm giving here is to check if the movie name carries a 1080p - 3D tag in the name. Imagine the pain of downloading a movie and finding it wasn't 3D at all ;) Open up the file you downloaded in VLC/Windows Media Player. If it shows two separate sections showing a nearly identical video, then you're on the right track. It should look something like this:


(Click to enlarge - side by side 3D shows up like this in ordinary media players)

         I highly recommend using "IMAX Under the Sea 3D" when you're trying this. This one has a really cool 3D depth effect which you might not find in many other movies.

3. Getting a 3D Player

         Ordinary media players do not play 3D movies as they should be played for being viewed. They will show up something like the screenshot in the previous step.

         You'll need to download a player that can run these side-by-side 3D files as Anaglyph. 

EDIT (27/12/12): I now recommend you to use KM Player for playing 3D movies. Load your side by side movie in it and press the 3D button at the bottom left. Originally, I recommended Stereoscopic Player in this tutorial but now KM is the better option!

4. Open up the 3D file in the player 

We're almost there!

         Open up the 3D movie in KM Player or Stereoscopic Player. 

In KM Player, you will need to use the 3D button at the bottom left. Right click on the player window and choose Red/Green Color or Red/Green Dubious.

For Stereoscopic player, you'll see a box asking how you'd like it to play. Choose Side-by-Side; Right Image first. 

         For best results, click View, scroll to Viewing method > Anaglyph and choose Half-colour anaglyph Red-Cyan.
I recommend half-colour anaglyph for best results.

In case the video seems stretched, simply click view, scroll to aspect ratio and change it to half-width or half-height.

That's it! :) You can now watch the video in 3D wearing your glasses. Without the glasses, your video should look something like this:


5. Setting up your display to minimize colour changes while watching the movie

         Anaglyph glasses spoil the colours, no denying that. However, I discovered you can easily tweak your display and minimize/eliminate this problem :) Most computers have an Intel processor have the Intel Graphics Panel that you can use for this purpose. (Making up a 3D profile for these settings in the Graphics Panel will save you from the trouble of setting these values again every time)
  1. For Intel users, Right-click desktop > Graphics Properties > Colour Enhancement.  (Others have their own graphics panels in which the settings below can be similarly used)
  2. With "All Colours"option selected, take the saturation to around 20. 
  3. Take contrast to 52.
  4. All colours = 20, Contrast = 52
  5. Now choose "Blue" in the colour option and take the saturation for this colour all the way back to zero. (Depending on your display colour tone, you might wanna set blue according to your need. i.e. cooler/bluish colour tone means you may take blue to a couple of points more negative.)
Blue = Back to zero - other colours stay put.

With these values selected, coupled with the "Half-colour anaglyph Red-Cyan" in the above step; the colours will be just fine! :)

Some more pointers:

  • If you're wear glasses for distant vision, keep them on as well over the 3D glasses. You'll need them for optimal results and focus.
  • To view 3D on your TV, output the video via laptop with the above parameters set. Alternatively you can convert a side-by-side 3D movie to Anaglyph using Xilisoft Video Converter and play it on your TV.
  •  You can convert a non-3D movie to 3D via Xilisoft video converter but the effects may not be very pleasing in this case. In this case, choose a high 3D depth, left side of the side-by-side video for right eye and right side for the left eye.
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That's it! :)
Have fun watching 3D and thumbs up and share if you liked the guide.

Regards.
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 EDIT - 03/01/2014:

3D Test

If you followed the tutorial above and want to try out your glasses, take a look at the following picture. If you see a clear image and feel a perception of depth, you did it right :) 


A mighty frost dragon from Skyrim. Courtesy of Phaota. Thanks! :)


You can find more 3D images by clicking on the following links.

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107 comments

  1. I'll be trying it. Thanks for a cool tutorial.

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  2. an interesting touch of humour in an already-so-cool tutorial. :) Nice bro.

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  3. OMg! the color settings r superb! i ws skeptic bt they really do work wonders! surprised no one came up wd them tho. u surely applied some good 3d cncepts.

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  4. Searched for my old anaglyph glasses and tried this, AND IT WORKS! =)

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  5. Thanks sooo very much!

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  6. Nice tutorial. Can it works on 3D gaming?

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  7. hello tried doing all the settings as per u said..but still not able to get that 3d effect..n colours can u help.
    hav both the glasses red and blue one..and also the one we get now a days in theaters to watch movies..

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  8. Great tutorial! I've been looking for such information for months now. It works almost perfectly however I face a problem. Apparently the control panel in my nvidia graphics card does not allow altering the saturation level of a specific colour. As a result I can't change the saturation for blue to zero. Is there a way I can do that with a video player? Any thought or advice is more than welcome!

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  9. I have red/cyan glasses and you say in km player to view in red/green? Will this work?

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  10. I got all your tips and i am sure i will implement on my laptop very soon and i am sure it will perfectly run because i always wear glasses but after read your blog now i got new latest laptops what kind of glasses need it to get the best results.

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  11. by selecting the options which you suggested. i tried. but i cannot see any thing on the screen. why is that so? is that because i am not wearing the glasses?

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  12. Thank you so much for such a good tutorial. But when i play my video on km player, the colour of the video is changed to black and withe. Plz tell me how will this fix.

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  13. Thankyou very much, i was going to delete the file and then found this post.

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  14. i tried and results were true but i cant able to have original colour .its like black..how can i improve my colour

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  15. Hey, have your ever tried BINO, the open source 3d player?

    I think it is more or less the same as KM and others. You have to set an "input method" (corresponding to the method used in the movie file) and an "output method" (corresponding, I guess, to the display being used). So, this makes possible to watch a 3d movie in a non-native method, just as your experiment shows.

    My question is (as I should get a 3d TV set soon): if I run the movie file in my laptop, connect the hdmi to the tv, will it be 3d the "original way"? or the laptop's video board in the midway could cause loss of the original 3d settings?

    thanks for your article.

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  16. i think compulsory 3d screen is required this will not work dude i tried it my self

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  17. its working...wowwwwwwwwwww..thanx dude

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  18. please tell what we should if we dont have the saturation thing

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  19. You are doing a great job mate! You're a life saver. I just wanna give my middle finger to those who would dare to copy or rip this post off. Hats off man! :)

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  20. Really helpful article. I knew I can watch anaglyph on my non 3d screen, but never knew sidw by side source could offer better viewing. Also simple 3D glass are really cheap on ebay. Next is to use active glasses with Sw player (not sure if l/r info is passed in some standard way or every manufacturer usees proprietary methods)
    Also I swear I'll not rip your articles at all :) (Not that I plan to put any content on my site in nr futute)

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  21. Can u tell How to play subtitle in Stereoscopic Player

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  22. i never new this ... thanx so much man

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  23. Great 1 !
    Mr. Shäkievelli likes it!

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  24. Can anyone help with the settings on an ATI Radeon HD 6750M graphics card? This is confusing

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  25. That is cool bro

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  26. great Job !! thanks for sharing..
    recently i bought a 3d TV and it contains all the features you explained just at the top. It gives me the feel of the theater at home. and i love it .

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  27. Nice one Absolute verdict..!!! Thanks to the info managed to twerk the quality...Keep the stuff coming..I do have a query though..the red lens (left lens) sort of blinds covers up my eye..however the same amount of light passes through both red and blue...is that normal...it sort of feels as if the red is more deeper in colour than the blue lens...Thanks again..Cheers!!!!

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  28. had an great experience with this 3D tv and fabulous picture quality

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  29. hi..Im student from Informatics engineering, this article is very informative, thanks for sharing :)

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  30. plz help me !!! m about to hv 3D glass. if i use 3D glass in my windows7 lappy having KMplayer..will it give proper effect??? give me some idea....

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  31. Great tips ... its working like a charm. one small issue that O'm facing is RED seems to be little overlapping, on the 3D video i see kind of red border on most of the objects. Blue seems perfect. Any Tips???

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  32. Hmm... seems cool ! thanks buddy.
    Gonna try this asap...

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  33. Great post ^_^ Anyhow, you mentioned that we should make sure to choose a movie that carries a 1080p with 3D tag. My question is, if the movie I find online has a 720p, will it not work? as a 3D movie?

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  34. i tried your thing but getting a slight difference in both the videos, i'm using KM PLAYER and i set the view to Side by Side with red/clan- Dubois, not getting result :( plz help

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  35. Work with red/cyan colour in a perfect way - with no playing around with colour settings! Using the latest KM Player.

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  36. at the step 5,can you tell me the settings for NVIDIA panel?

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  37. Hi , I got the 3d working but not the colors, could you or someone give a soljtion for nvidia comtrolled displays. Or if thereare any 3rd person softwares which can help with the color fix. The colors are a big bummer.

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    1. red is overlapping,,, blue seems fine... can anyone help us..???

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  38. Can I change NVIDIA color saturation?

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  39. Can you post the color settings for Nvidia control panel? Regards.

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  40. thank you very much for this gr8 directions

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  41. what about nvidia users?how much should the saturation and other settings be tweaked for optimum performance?

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  42. After i select blue...there is no option for adjusting saturation, saturation doesn't even appear...I have intel HD 3000 and also nvidia geforce gt520M and it does have 3d options in it....but how do i get the saturation to appear after selecting blue

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  43. how about polarized glass

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  44. i guess, polarized glasses work only device supporting 3d as default, i mean the kind of display they have....

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  45. i tried my glasses..they r cyan in colour... is that why i can't see that dragon image properly? anyone pls help me out here!

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  46. I'm at my work right now, so couldn't test it. Already set followed your procedure on my laptop. As soon as I go back to home, definitely test it first. Adding this article to my bookmark right now.

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  47. Oh .. It really worked . Thanks for your wonderful instruction brother . :)

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  48. its just watching anaglyph.not as realD or something like that

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  49. Thanks
    its very usefully information

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  50. I have copies all above points and will try to watch 3d on my tv and pc . In this article i found all my arising questions about 3d . Nice and excellent detail provide thanks so much.
    from m.arshad ashraf.

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  51. oh, God,
    you r great friend
    this is possible :-)
    thx a lot

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  52. This is a great blog, usually i don't post comments on blogs but I would like to say that this post really forced me to do so!

    Buy Media Players Online & Buy wifi Router Online

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  53. blue saturation option is not coming up on intel hd3000. pls suggest any alternate settings.

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  54. Is there a way to get this looking good with Nvidia Control Panel?

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  55. Hi, I hope that gonna work good for me, i'm still waiting for the 3D Red/Cyan glasses recently bought from Amazon (because i've tried the Actives glasses "60$" but still doesn't work :-()! In a meantime, i have the intel HD 4000 on my Laptop, and i have no idea about the saturation for the blue Color!
    Gonna try this when i'll get the glasses!
    Thank you so much for the post!

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    1. Thank you for your appreciation! :)

      You can try the gamma option for blue color if saturation is not available.

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    2. Hi Hasaan , Finally i got the glasses (Red/Cyan) and they work perfectly!! but it seems to have some lack of colors even with the configuration above (HD 4000 , instead of the saturation i tried with the gamma) + Samsung smart TV un55f6300 120hz (Best picture i have seen :-D), example : (Transfomers, age of extinction 3D Mkv ) In my picture i can see the blue and green Colors perfectly, but the Red sometimes doesn't appear as it should be!
      Any Ideas please!
      Thank you again for this great Blog!

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    3. Well, red does seem to have trouble (since you see the colors only through the cyan side of the glasses; the red side is pretty colorless.) The best settings would be to keep a warmer color tone on your display. That's the best you can get for red.

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  56. hello hasaan bhai can i use passive 3d glasses plzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz tell me brother????????????

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    1. If by passive 3d glasses, you mean anaglyph; then yes. If you mean polarizing glasses, then no.

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  57. Great article! Kudos

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  58. Wow....... it really worked
    Thanks Dude.

    With regards,
    Chris

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  59. It works, amazing!! =)

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  60. I played around with settings and colors based on the glasses I have. It gave wonderful results.

    Thanks for the fundamentals dude. You have really got a BIG BIG brain...

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  61. but it's impossible to watch 3d movies using any other 3d technology on my non 3d laptop right?

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  62. Hello From Pakistan

    So i Have 3D glasses but not Red and Blue
    just little bit black its does work ??

    My laptop is non 3D

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  63. You either have polarizing or active shutter glasses (black)

    They obviously won't work as they are designed for specialized display. You need anaglyph glasses

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  64. i have issue with colors. they are greenish. how to solve this problem?

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  65. i have hpdv6 intel core 2 duo windows 8. can you tell me what should i do in the settings for better 3d vision.

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  66. i have hpdv6 intel core 2 duo windows 8. can you tell me what should i do in the settings for better 3d vision.
    please guide me where should i go from control pannel

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  67. Hey Buddy... Can u help me....
    Red seems to overlap....
    Means Through red lens both frames,, i-e,, red nd cyan colors are visible...
    Cyan seems to be okey,,,
    But from red,,, both are visible,,,
    Sometimes frm red lens ,,, cyan goes a lil but lighter ,,, bt as usual,,,

    Can u help me..???? plzzz,,, i have already spend 20 bucks in it..

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    1. I get your problem. The problem is that your red eyepiece isn't as dark as it should have been.

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  68. Can i make 3d glasses using cellphane

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    1. You can, but the result suck :( There is no clarity.

      Plastic eyepieces are better

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  69. Respected Brother,
    I've HP intel 2000 notebook pc ( Core i3 3rd generation) windows 8 inside. Can I turn that laptop
    such that I may be able to play 3D movies on that. What changes are needed to be done?
    And what type of glasses should I ask from Shopkeeper?

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    1. Yes, you need anaglyph glasses :) They work on any display.

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  70. how to play 3d movies using red green 3d glasses

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  71. how to play 3d movies using red green(a bit darker) 3d glasses or red yellow 3d glasses.please help.

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  72. i have red green(dark) 3d glasses. how to play 3d using these glasses.please tell me .

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  73. Hey man,thanks for the tutorial! I have followed your instructions and everything works really great!

    Thanks to you i can now watch 3d movies without 3D TV , my wallet sends you kind regards :D

    Do you have some "perfect" colour settings for ATI radeon graphics?

    Once again thanks for this post, im off to a YIFY 3D download section :) Greetings!

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  74. i have 60hz refresh rate in my laptop.will it work without colour changes

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  75. Hello, I would like to watch 3D movies on my phone Samsung Galaxy Note 1 and I have installed KMPlayer for Android on my phone. However I cannot any of the 3D options that are so eady to find on tve Windows version of KMPlayer: can you guide me or suggest an alternative 3D Player for Android devices?
    Thank you
    Damien

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    1. Currently there is no media player on Android that supports anaglyph 3d video playback.

      However, you can use Xilisoft converter to convert Side-by-side videos/movies into anaglyph 3d which can be played on any media player on your phone.

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  76. Thank you very much Hasaan, looks like a niche market for an Android developper willing to implement such an app... Too bad the KMPlayer team overlooked such a feature :(

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  77. Thanks you very much for sharing these links. Will definitely check this out..
    watch no escape movie online for free

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  78. How can i view side by side format movie into a single view video format like normal movie in stereoscopic player in red-cyan anagylph mode. If its not possible with stereoscopic player is there any another player available or any converter that converts side by side split view to single view!

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  79. Friend, that's what the tutorial is all about :) Side by side can be played as anaglyph 3D using Daum PotPlayer, KM Player or Stereoscopic player. I recommend the former two as they are free.

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  80. Red-Cyan glasses, okay. But for KM player you've asked the 3d screen controls to be 'Red/Green Color or Red/Green Dubious'. Is that a typographical error do you you mean it?

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  81. One of the major blocks of anaglyph 3d is said to be ghosting.do you have any tips to eliminate/minimize that or will the color settings work that out? Also wanted to know how good will the anaglypgh 3d depth be when compared to the present day technology.
    PS: Ordered my glasses from ebay after reading this article :)

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  82. Ghosting is occurs when one of the eye pieces (red or blue) isn't dark enough to filter out the second color completely. With a good pair of glasses, ghosting isn't a major issue. Get a pair of glasses that have slightly deeper blues and reds and you'll be just fine. Don't go too deep because in that case, the glasses will compromise the colors more seriously. So it's simply about keeping a good balance.

    The depth of the 3D effect depends on the content. There is no difference in depth when viewing the same content using different methods.

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    1. Ok. Thanks:) Guess I got the right glasses then coz the effect is absolutely amazing. Its a joy to watch Marvel movies like Avengers and Guardians of the Galaxy on this. Also tried converting certain movies on Xilisoft converter but the depth goes lacking there. Better to directly download movies in 3d 1080p HSBS format.

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  83. It works perfectly on a non 3D laptop. Thanks.

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  84. Jaime in Mexico City:
    Hi Hasaan, your procedure worked fine, I got myself your suggested Anaglyph glasses and the 3D videos can be viewed well. My question to you is this: Would the same Anaglyph glasses work fine if I want to visualize the 3D movies on a large screen using a pc projector, or would I rather need different kind of glasses? Thanks in advace for responding.

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    1. The same glasses will work if you give an output of the anaglyph video using projector. :)

      Best regards

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  85. How to watch polarized 3d videos

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  86. Can I use a 3d glad that comes freely with the Samsung smart TV?..
    i don't think it is anaglyph 3d glass(red and blue)..
    It looks somewhat like a cooler or a.shade that you normally wear when u go out...can I use it...
    Pls reply thnx in advance....

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  87. Which Vertion of KM player do I need?
    Do I need 3d film download to watch?

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  88. Just great sir. I use ubuntu os but I coud get it work with bino player. Thank you very much for your guide

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