There are already quite a few free and commercial applications that would allow you to convert 3D photos from the MPO format to something more common and usable such as a 2D view of the photo (left frame) or a JPEG stereo pair in a Side by Side configuration. Sometimes however you may not have any of these handy and you might need to get a 2D frame or a JPS version of a 3D photo taken in MPO format and something else might help you do the job. There is a free online tool that allows you to convert a MPO 3D photo into a separate Left and Right frames as well as to make a JPS Side by Side stereo pair of the 3D photo. The website works quite well, although it may have some trouble with larger MPO files and sometimes the JPS photo turns out to be completely blank, instead of what it should contain. Other than that it does a pretty good job most of the time.
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While not quite the 3D Vision Live type of community for sharing 3D photos, the website 3D Porch made by Phil Dhingra offers simple and easy way for you to upload and share your 3D photos in different formats. It does not support direct viewing with 3D Vision, but you can download the photos in Side by Side or MPO format and then view them on your computer. You can also use the website as an online service to convert 3D photos from JPS to MPO format and vice versa if you don’t have an offline tool to do that at the moment. Other than that the website is primarily targeted at viewing 3D photos in anaglyph format, but as I’ve already said downloading them and opening them locally is also an easy option…
You need to upload a photo in JPS (Side by Side JPEG) or MPO file format and the author has tested the functionality with Fujifilm FinePix Real 3D W3, W1, and Sony DSC-TX9. He asks visitors to help with confirming the compatibility with other 3D cameras, so you are welcome to try and report back to him if it is working or not. He is looking especially for someone with a Nintendo 3DS to test the MPO files generated from the console when taking 3D photos with it, so this is a call to anyone in Japan who already has purchased the console. I’ve already tried the website with a sample photo taken with the Aiptek I2 camera, but due to the fact that this particular camera record photos in a squashed format (half horizontal size) they are not compatible for the moment.
August 22nd, 2009 · 23 Comments · Shooting in 3D
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