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How to Convert 3D Videos for Playback on the Nintendo 3DS

December 10th, 2011 · 6 Comments · Other S3D Tech


The Nintendo 3DS portable gaming console has finally received the anticipated feature for recording 3D video with the latest firmware update, but much more people are actually willing to use the console for 3D video playback and not 3D video recording device. The 3DS can be used as a nice portable 3D video playback device and thanks to the autostereoscopic 3D display that does not require to wear 3D glasses it is even more convenient. As a result there is now a handy little tool with an easy to use GUI that relies on ffmpeg to help you convert most stereo 3D video clips in a format that the Nintendo 3DS console can play. The software can easily convert both 2D and 3D videos (Side by Side or Top/Bottom formats) for playback on the Nintendo 3DS. You can change the Quality between the default of 1 (best) and 31 (lowest) and use the Advanced options that allow you to select Bitrate or change the FPS of the converted video. You are welcome to try the software (it is free and open source) and report how it works for you if you have a 3DS and if you find any bugs you should also report them to the authors of the software, so that they can fix them…

For more information and to download the 3DS Video conversion software…

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6 responses so far ↓

  • 1 Bloody // Dec 10, 2011 at 21:36

    And another program that can download 3D videos from YouTube and convert them in the format for playing back on the 3DS in 3D format (thanks to DrewMedina for reporting these): http://gbatemp.net/topic/315456-youtube-downloader-and-3ds-converter-in-one/

  • 2 Drew Medina // Dec 11, 2011 at 01:32

    The only downside right now seems to be the playback framerate…a bit jumpy sometimes

  • 3 Adrianvljb // May 20, 2012 at 23:14

    Bueno amigos, tengo un problema, lo que pasa es que al terminar de transformar el vídeo no esta en la ruta que especifique anteriormente, y tampoco la encuentro por ningún lado, como pueden ayudarme a solucionar este problema

  • 4 SusM // Feb 19, 2013 at 11:53

    Can you release a version for Nintendo 3ds XL? If it is possible in the current version, please tell me how.

  • 5 Bloody // Feb 19, 2013 at 15:51

    The 3DS XL has larger screen, however the resolution is the same as the one found on the original 3DS, so this should work as well.

  • 6 SusM // Apr 15, 2013 at 07:03

    Where do you copy the video files in the memory card? I tried it a couple of times in different folders but all attempts failed.

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