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Impressive Realtime 2D to 3D Video Conversion for 3D Vision

December 21st, 2009 · 30 Comments · 2D to 3D Conversion

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I have just found an impressive piece of software, or not actually a standalone software, but a DirectShow filter that can transform normal 2D video files into Stereoscopic 3D in real time and with very good results. I’m talking about the 3Dfier DirectShow filer developed by a Taiwanese company called Radiant Star that in my opinion is the best real time 2D to 3D video conversion solution available so far. That said I’m not meaning that the 3Dfier is absolutely problem free, but still it gives really good results when converting the 2D videos to 3D. You might notice some issues mostly on fast moving and more blurry objects and maybe some jaggy edges on straight lines, but still the depth feeling it quite good having in mind that we actually don’t have the needed depth information as with a true stereoscopic 3D videos. But enough about that, you better try it yourself, the only problem is that the DirectShow filter is not free, but a time limited version (30 days trial, 10 minutes of playback and no depth level control), but maybe Nvidia could license it and provide it free with their future Player software… ;)

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For usage of this filter with 3D Vision (the filter can also be used with other S3D systems!) we are going to first need the latest version of Nvidia 3D Vision Video Player and the 3Dfier 2D-3D transform DirectShow filter side-by-side demo v0.2. Download and install them, then run the 3D Vision Video Player, open the File menu, choose Settings… and go to the Decoder panel. From the Preferred Filters menu you need to select the Video Processor and click on the Add button, then select the 3Dfy 2D-to-3D Transformer filter from the from the list of available filters on your system. This is it, now you are done and ready to test the real time 2D to 3D video conversion…

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When you try to open a normal 2D video file after you’ve selected to use the 3Dfier DirectShow filter with the 3D Vision Video Player you’ll be asked what is the stereoscopic video format, here you need to choose Side by Side format with the default Aspect Ratio in order for things to work. Have in mind that when the player is in window mode you’ll still see everything in 2D, but when you switch to full screen mode and 3D Vision gets activated you’ll see the filter at work. That is is, you are ready to enjoy your 2D video in automatically converted stereoscopic 3D mode…

For best results you’ll need higher quality, preferably HD videos, but even low quality clips might still look quite well when converted… and you can as well try some DVD Videos you have. One of the issue you’ll face is that you’ll have to remove and then add again the filter in the settings every time you decide to watch 2D or true stereoscopic 3D movies as with the 3Dfier loaded things will get a bit messy when you try to open a stereoscopic video file. Also if you use a Media Player Classic and maybe some other players for normal video playback you might notice that the filter is automatically loaded when you open a movie and you see it side by side. This is something you can manage to fix, but you’ll have to play a bit with the filter settings for the player. And please do not forget to share your experience and comments should you decide to test what was described in this guide.

You can find more information about the filter on the official 3Dfier website…

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