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How to Convert MPO Pictures to JPS (Stereo JPEG)

August 22nd, 2009 · 23 Comments · Shooting in 3D

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You probably know that the stereo JPEG images are actually plain JPG file containing the two frames next to each other (for left and for right eye) and with an extension JPS (example above). This makes it quite simple to view, edit, convert and whatever else you need to do with them or event to make JPS files with almost any image editor there is. Unfortunately the same thing cannot be said about about the fairly new MPO (multi-picture file format) that is still being used by just a few digital cameras, among which is also the Fujifilm FinePix REAL 3D W1 camera that is able to shoot Stereo 3D pictures. It seems that Fujifilm has decided instead to go for JPS to rely on MPO files for storing the two frames required for the Stereo 3D image, but this actually makes the pictures you take with the camera almost unviewable on anything else than the camera itself or the optional 3D digital frame Fujifilm is also offering. But can we as owners of Nvidia GeForce 3D Vision or any other S3D capable setup do something in order to view these S3D images taken with the camera? We already know that Nvidia is going to add support for MPO file format in their stereo picture viewer soon, but what to do until that happens… fortunately I was able to find a solution, not very easy and elegant, but hey it works. :P

I still don’t own a Fujifilm FinePix REAL 3D W1 digital camera, but earlier today I was pointed to a review of the camera at Akihabara News with some example pictures taken in MPO format. Now the review is not great and very detailed, not to mention not covering much about the 3D functionality of the camera which is a key point in this product, but anyway I’m thankful for the images I could work on. Now lets get back to the MPO file format, which seems to be some kind of container for multiple frames (not just two) that seems to be using JPEG compression for the pictures it stores. Unfortunately there is still not a lot of software or actually more like almost no such software for viewing, editing, converting etc. these MPO files the easy way. The one program that I was able to find that can at least open and do some very basic manipulations with the MPO files was STOIK Imagic 5.0, which is not free, but it still has 15-day trial that probably should be enough for now. Then you’ll also need some sort of an image editor much like Photoshop, but almost anything with a bit more advanced editing functions should do the work.

So here is the short guide you need to follow:
– Download, Install and Run STOIK Imagic 5.0
– You need to navigate to the folder where you put the MPO images
– Right click on a MPO file and choose Split MPO file to get the two frames in separate JPG files
– Start your image editor, Photoshop or other and open one of the two JPG files you got in previous step
– Use the Canvas size function of the image editor to double the width of the first picture you’ve opened
– Import the second image (frame) and put it on the right side of the first one already present in the working canvas
– Export the final image you’ve got of the two frames next to each other into a single JPEG image and then rename the file to JPS

To download the STOIK Imagic 5.0 image editor software…
To download AkihabaraNews’ example MPO files converted by me in JPS

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