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About the Stereoscopic 3D Support in the Daum Potplayer

September 10th, 2012 · 7 Comments · Other S3D Tech

Potplayer is yet another free software video player coming from Korea, much like the GOM Player or the KMPlayer, in fact Potplayer is very similar to KMPlayer in many aspects including the fact that the player comes with built-in codecs to support all of the most common video and audio codecs out of the box. And much like the other two Korean players mentioned above, Daum Potplayer also has some stereoscopic 3D support built-in and that is what interests me the most…

The Potplayer has built-in support for displaying 2D subtitles properly when playing back stereoscopic 3D videos with it, however this only works for 3D videos in Side by Side or Top & Bottom format. The options is available in the right-click quick menu as well as in the player options. Of course you get the 2D subtitles properly displayed on top of 3D video, but the subtitles are put at screen depth level and you cannot adjust their position in 3D space. For more flexibility you will need to go for something like the ffdshow subtitles filter for the playback of 2D subtitles over 3D video files.

What is more interesting in the Potplayer is the ability to use a predefined set of pixels shaders to convert 3D videos from Side by Side or Top & Bottom to anaglyph 3D format (Green-Magenta or Red-Cyan) and to watch a 3D version of 3D videos. This and the 2D subtitles support for 3D videos is intended to be used for 3D video playback on 3D HDTVs and the only thing in that aspect that is kind of missing here is the support for Row Interleaved output for passive 3D HDTVs. Another thing that is missing and might be useful in terms of stereoscopic 3D support is a software pageflipping mode that could be useful for people with 3D DLP projectors. So there is more to be desired in terms of stereoscopic 3D support from the Portplayer, though with the use of pixel shaders (if you know how to write the needed code) it is possible to extend the functionality of the player. Nevertheless Daum Potplayer could be useful for some people willing to play not only stereo 3D videos, but various 2D videos as well, so if you still haven’t tried it you might check it out.

To download and try an English version of the Daum Potplayer free video player…

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7 responses so far ↓

  • 1 Gastly // Sep 11, 2012 at 23:33

    Is there support for 2D to 3D?

  • 2 Bloody // Sep 12, 2012 at 00:58

    No, there is no support for 2D to 3D conversion in Potplayer.

  • 3 Swolern // Oct 1, 2012 at 09:41

    So very true @ high GPU performance need for these newer games in 3d. Thats why I had to upgrade to gtx 670 4-way SLI. I just hope 3d vision and developers come put with a way to code games where 3d is not so taxing on the GPU. There has to be a better way. How about just focusing on one eyes image and then reverse mirror it so the GPU does not have to process the other image directly. Im no software engineer, just a PC gamer, a thought though.

  • 4 Dinovom // Oct 11, 2012 at 02:35

    I’ve got a question on how to configure Potplayer to play 3 with Nvidia 3D Vision – It worked with every other software i tried till now (Live streams, nvidia/stereoscopic player/tmt, games etc.) yet it doesn’t switch to 3D in Potplayer. Tried mkv’s as well as BluRays (which i know both should work with the player in 3D – it does play 2D) using latest beta.

    The blog writes about: ability to use a predefined set of pixels shaders to …. watch a 3D version of 3D videos. Yet Stack was the best setting when it comes to: should look as desired result with 2 frames overlapped.

  • 5 SakkeL // Apr 20, 2013 at 18:30

    i have acer h6510bd and i use potplayer fof half-sbs and ou videos. works just fine, no need for software pageflipping. what would be useful is 3d regognition when i start 3d movie in potplayer, something like stereoscopic player does have. now i have to right click and find 3d settings and adjust them to match the video. it’s a bit tricky because when 3d is on it messes up everything that is 2d, like the menus. it’s doable but could be easier. even a 3d button under the video to jump straight to 3d settings page would be a big improvment.

  • 6 silent // Nov 13, 2013 at 04:00

    wrong if you click enable and set to original image and some other setting it will mirror a 2d video side by side then other the setting adjust the offset put you tv on 3d and put your glasses on and you have a 3d image…

    So 2d to 3d dose work…

  • 7 inpendetrion // Sep 27, 2016 at 14:01

    You may try Allavsoft to download Daum movie or video with one click and save the high-quality output in various video formats: MP4, AVI, WMV, FLV, MOV, MKV and other more. I hope this will help you.

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