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Realtime 2D to Stereoscopic 3D Conversion from Live TV Source

December 23rd, 2009 · 6 Comments · 2D to 3D Conversion


I’ve already written about the interesting DirectShow 3Dfier filter that is doing quite well with realtime conversion from 2D video to stereoscopic 3D. After playing a bit more with the filter I was able to make it work with live TV feed coming from a TV tuner, but I had to use the Stereoscopic Player instead of Nvidia’s 3D Vision Video Player as only the first one supports the Live Video mode for use with TV tuners and other video capture devices. That said I should also note that I was able to make things work with NVidia’s player too, but with a bit of workaround which is making it a bit harder and not so convenient. If you use VideoLAN (VLC) for capture of the live stream from the TV tuner to a file and then open the video file in 3D Vision Video Player you are still good to go, but with just a little bit of a delay.


And since the Stereoscopic Player is a multipurpouse stereoscopic 3D video player that supports much more than what Nvidia’s player offers, you’ll have to open the File menu and then Settings in order to configure the player to use 3D Vision as a viewing method.


Then you need to go to the Decoder menu and there under the Video Processor category Add the 3Dfy 2D-to-3D Transformer. This is actually the DirectShow 3Dfier filter (download it here) that is going to be used for the realtime 2D to stereoscopic 3D video conversion, unfortunately as I already said this is not a free filter and has some limitations for use. I still haven’t gotten any response from the authors of the filter…


The last thing you need to do is to open the File menu and form there to go to Video Properties in order to setup the incoming video stream. By default it will be a monoscopic source, but after adding the 3Dfier filter it will be converted into a Side by Side format, so you need to change the Format Layout to that mode. This is the last step in the setup process, what is left is only to open the Live Video stream from your TV tuner. After you do that you’ll have some additional settings for the TV tuner that will be available in the File menu, you need to use these in order to select the TV channel and to configure the TV Tuner. You can also just choose the right settings from your TV Tuner software, select the needed channel and the close the software and open the Stereoscopic Player to have the tuner settings already applied. It might not be the most convenient way, but still you get pretty nice results from this realtime 2D to stereoscopic 3D conversion from the live TV feed. As always if you try this, please report your experiences in the comments below…

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6 responses so far ↓

  • 1 ChrisL // Dec 24, 2009 at 01:45

    I am still waiting to hear back from the developer of this filter as well. One thing i was able to get from a friend who can read their website was the price which is 9900 Taiwan new dollars (around $310 USD, $320CAD). I am considering it even with the high cost but want to do a bit more testing first. So far i tested mostly with Formula One and WRC footage and it is pretty stunning to see the cars in 3D.

  • 2 3Dfier // Dec 25, 2009 at 10:30

    You can write to nVidia or Stereosopic player to integrate our filters. We will be very happy to do that and it will be very affordable!

  • 3 Marcelo Adriano // Dec 29, 2009 at 03:13

    Hi there, u can teach us to apply this filter on NVIDIA 3D Vision Video Player? Because that Stereoscopic Player need a purchase and i dont have 39 Pounds to pay, so i only can play 5 minutes videos. Everything works fine, i have tryed .MKV files too (Dvix) for blu-ray Movies, 1080p movies you get a lot of delays. 780p Blu-ray Movies worked very fine. Ah, make shure to use a Quad-Core Processor for that.

  • 4 Ian // Apr 3, 2010 at 02:20

    I have been playing with TriDef recently and came across 3Dfier. Only problem is I have installed ffdshow, 3D vision and 3dfier but the Video Processor tab doesn’t appear (Any thoughts on why?), Cheers

  • 5 Salaam // Apr 30, 2010 at 07:59

    hey guys,
    why the Live Video setting is unactive in stereoscopic player?!
    What’s the problem
    I even tried to add my tv tuner in Decoder settings.

  • 6 Robogod // Apr 27, 2011 at 22:31

    Worked pretty well. Am I this starved for content though?

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