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Using Different Anaglyph Glasses with GeForce 3D Vision

June 24th, 2009 · 22 Comments · Anaglyph Glasses


I’ve already written about the 3D Vision Discover anaglyph glasses that Nvidia is going to start distributing very soon as an easy and affordable solution to try 3D stereo, before going for the advanced and expensive solution provided by GeForce 3D Vision and 120 Hz display. Today I’ve decided to try how well with the free anaglyph mode work when using some generic paper and plastic anaglyph glasses that I already own while waiting to see Nvidia’s optimized anaglyph glasses. I’ve previously used these different types of anaglyph glasses with other software solutions such as IZ3D’s drivers and others where the anachrome anaglyph glasses got the best results. Imagine my surprise when I’ve tried the 4 different types of glasses in the picture above… you can say that the best result I was able to achieve was with the plain paper glasses, but the other plastic solutions that are more expensive and better designed also performed very well too. Anyway, the results from trying different anaglyph glasses with 3D Vision only mean that you should be able to enjoy the added level of depth perception using 3D stereo with just about any type of plain paper anaglyph glasses… ;)

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  • 1 applejack // Jun 27, 2009 at 17:01

    so you say paper glasses provide better results than anachrome plastic ones ?… im confused now. I want to order glasses for best results… one says anachrome, another says paper… damnit!

  • 2 applejack // Jun 27, 2009 at 17:04

    can you please take a look at these ?:

    its blue looks somewhat darker than the paper glasses you tried…
    and nvidia’s blue also look pretty much light blue (or cyan?)

  • 3 Bloody // Jun 27, 2009 at 17:42

    These anaglyph paper glasses should be the same as the ones I have, so they should be ok… the above picture of the glasses was shot with brighter lightning. The color reproduction with anachrome anaglyph glasses was a bit worse and the ghosting is a bit more visible. Have in mind that I’ve tried the glasses on Samsung 2233RZ and XPS 1330/1530 laptops with other displays there might be some difference in which one provides the best results… ;)

  • 4 applejack // Jun 28, 2009 at 04:32

    thanks. well I did some research and came to the conclusion nvidia uses red/cyan in its driver. it also fit right with your good experience with the paper glasses as they are obviously red/cyan (looking at your pic above) while the other 2 at the left are red/blue and the top right is red/blue-green (seen these for sale as well). so I just ordered 2 pairs of plastic red/cyan and I can’t wait :)

  • 5 applejack // Jun 28, 2009 at 05:42

    edit: the top right pair looks red/green

    “blue-green” (as I said before) is actually cyan :)

  • 6 Bloody // Jun 28, 2009 at 11:22

    The two glasses on the left are more like blue-red, and the to on the right red-cyan. The one on the top right is anaglyph anachrome and the two on the left are jsut some kind of “higher quality” anaglyph glasses.

  • 7 ArianeB // Jul 3, 2009 at 00:32

    I have been playing with the 3D Anaglyph myself, I am surprised there is so little info about it on the web.

    Red/Cyan works the best, most of the glasses above look to be red/blue except for the paper ones. I got my red/cyan glasses in a copy of the Spy Kids 3D video, and they work great

  • 8 Julian // Jul 7, 2009 at 01:53

    Anybody got a problem when trying to run the 3d assistant? i made my own glasses whit colored transparent papers (those that are used for gifts) and works fine… but a cant pass the test. First the triangles and exagons figures… allright… and then the image whit little squares… whit a big figure floating over… what sould i do there? the Next button never shows up… its something wrong? Please Help…

  • 9 Bloody // Jul 7, 2009 at 12:13

    You should click on the left small image with the popped out square at the bottom and then the Next button should become available… ;)

  • 10 applejack // Jul 11, 2009 at 16:22

    I know what Julian is talking about, I had the same problem – the 2 small images on bottom doesn’t show on screen. installing beta driver 186.24 solved it, but you could also bypass that stupid wizard via registry:

    1) Open the registry editor by typing “regedit” into the Run / Start menu.
    2) Go to HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\NVIDIA Corporation\Global\Stereo3D
    3) Under this folder is an entry called “StereoVisionConfirmed”.
    The value for this setting will probably be 1. Double click on this entry and change the value to 2.
    4) Exit registry editor. Then, open the NVIDIA control panel.

    You should now be able to click the “Enable Stereoscopic 3d,” without the need to see the medical test.

  • 11 bovine3dom // Jul 17, 2009 at 00:13

    Hi, I’m having trouble with 3D vision discover – I’ve got some old card red/cyan 3d glasses that came with magic carpet 15 years ago, but when I enable the stereoscopic effect I can faintly see the second image (the one that should be blocked out) in each eye, meaning that I get a headache very quickly and see no 3D effect. Is this a problem with my monitor (CRT, about 5 – 7 years old), my glasses, me or is it just normal?

    I’m new to all this 3D stuff and just stumbled across the setting in the control panel yesterday.

    I’m considering buying some cheap glasses from eBay but wonder whether it is worth waiting to buy the nvidia ones (if they sell them separately)


  • 12 Bloody // Jul 17, 2009 at 10:16

    bovine3dom, did you try increasing the depth level, what you see is normal for anaglyph mode and kind of depends on the colored filters you have in the glasses. But with all anaglyph glasses you can’t get the same results you can see with the 3D Vision shutter glasses… Here is a bit more on: Using Anaglyph Glasses with 3D Vision Driver

  • 13 bovine3dom // Jul 17, 2009 at 12:55

    So if I get some different glasses, I might notice an improvement? It looks a bit like this (though obviously not the same colours) through each eye – http://h.imagehost.org/0488/blurry.jpg


  • 14 Bloody // Jul 17, 2009 at 22:55

    Yes, but it won’t be much different… the anaglyph technology just has some drawback that you cannot overcome. Try lowering the depth level or playing with the convergence, it might help you decrease the blurriness.

  • 15 Owen C. Western // Jul 23, 2009 at 08:30

    Finding the perfect anaglyph glasses for red/cyan viewing is as elusive as ever, even though the art has been around for well over 100 years in variations of the colors. Ironically, the hard frame, hard plastic lens glasses sometimes have the poorest filters regarding ghosting (alternate image cancellation/masking). I am now working to try to develop anaglyph glasses with nearly perfect wavelength filters for most monitors and for printed paper. For now, some of the best I’ve seen for monitor use are the heavyweight paper ones I received with the Spy Kids 3D DVD (not the ones supplied at the theater box office for this movie; they have different colored filters, and more distortion). As an alternative, try the “house” standard red/cyan glasses manufactured by American Paper Optics (www.3dglassesonline.com). There may be a large minimum order from them, however. I cannot recommend any others at this point. Also, from Lee filters, you can buy a sheet for each color of high-quality theatrical lighting filter material through such supply houses. The colors I recommend for monitors is Lee #106, red, and #116, cyan. Then you can make your own for yourself and friends. I hope this helps.

  • 16 bovine3dom // Aug 3, 2009 at 13:24

    Was as simple as increasing the gamma setting in the nvidia control panel – reduced my ghosting so much that it’s no longer a problem. The gamma does make the images rather washed out though.

  • 17 Mathew // Feb 3, 2010 at 18:59

    FYI, if you want a way to make your own red/cyan glasses, try a photography store. Cokin has a special kit with about 25 colour filters in one little case, they’re thin transparency plastic with no frame on them. With this kit you can take a few different red/cyan hues, choose the ones you like the best, and insert them into a comfortable pair of eyeglass/sunglass frames. You can also make a few pairs using this kit, because in my experience a precise red & cyan colour isn’t 100% necessary, some variance is ok.

  • 18 Samuk // Jan 16, 2011 at 18:04

    I have a set of 3d glasses from the film ‘Journey to the Centre of the Earth’ which are green/red (http://j.imagehost.org/download/0114/IMG).
    The green works perfectly and on the test I can only see the triangle unfortunately the red is wrong so there is a lot of ghosting. Im ordering some red/cyan glasses to try the red from that.

  • 19 Yiets // Sep 30, 2011 at 06:47

    Bloody (or anybody else who can help)

    I’m looking for good anaglyph glasses for 3DV, using a 60Hz 1ms samsung monitor & GTX 570.

    I see some on eBay that say “Red Blue Cyan NVIDIA 3D VISION Myopia General Glasses”. I wear glasses so I would like 3D glasses that can go over/in front of them.

    Here is a picture of it. I’m skeptical since it says $2 shipped from Hong Kong; but they have a high feedback.

    Some pictures

    Are these actual nV approved glasses?
    or are they just some chinese cheap glasses that they put the nV logo on (counterfeit?)?

  • 20 Bloody // Sep 30, 2011 at 14:19

    No, these have nothing to do with Nvidia. The only anaglyph glasses that Nvidia has as 3D Vision Discover are paper ones…

  • 21 Grandaelus // Nov 27, 2014 at 23:41

    The nVidia Myopia glasses from ebay are the real deal, dont believe anyone else about that since i have experience with them now.
    I hope you will still read and learn from this since its 2 years later i now see this conversation.
    The “Red Blue Cyan NVIDIA 3D VISION Myopia General Glasses” you mention are the ones i ordered too and theyre 100% nVidia approved.
    Only they still ghost on both filters, red more than blue. Red side ghosting most so i see blue/cyan ghosting. still nothing on the net that helps… all random jibberish

  • 22 Grandaelus // Nov 27, 2014 at 23:44

    whoops typo: 3 years later.
    (3 years time, 6 years valued more garbage on the net)

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