How do I see 3D pictures on my Mac ?

I recently bought a 3D camera. I can plug it into my 3D TV and see my photos but I would be really cool to also see them on my Mac. How can I do that?


I came across this question from someone with a Fuji Real 3D W3. Fuji seems to be selling more 3D cameras that anyone else, and Fuji cameras save files as standard jpegs as well as in MPO format files. MPO is a Fuji only format, and it’s basically two jpegs with some metadata. Those MPO files are designed to be viewed on compatible devices like 3D TVs or some computers, and you need shutter glasses to see them. However, you can turn those MPO files into anaglyphic images, the kind that you can view with those old red/green glasses that came with comic books in the old days.

A great Mac solution is an app called StereoSplicer. It’s still in beta, but it’s free and it works perfectly. You grab an MPO file from your camera and open it up in StereoSplicer. You can choose what format you want to save the files in. What’s relevant to this discussion is to save the image as an anaglyph. You’ll get a jpeg that’s viewable with red/green glasses, keeping the red lens to the left eye. There are lot of other fancy options, and you can even adjust the parallax of the two images if your original needs adjustment.

Once you have these images in anaglyph form, it’s easy to put them on a website and anyone with a pair of the glasses can view them. They also look fine displayed on an iPad or even an iPhone. If you don’t have any of the red/green glasses Amazon has them for low prices, or you can just search the web for sources. Of course the anaglyph color is not as pure as using the high speed shutter glasses that come with 3D TV displays, but this method does the trick and lets you easily share your 3D images.

So, take some test photos, whether they’re of landscapes or shoes womens wear is up to you. Give it a shot and see how it works for you.

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