Show Your 3DS Photos on 2D Screens




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The Nintendo 3DS can take 3D photos with its dual cameras on the lid. It's fun to look at these images on the 3DS, but then what? How else is anyone going to be able to see them in 3D?

The answer is to turn the 3D image into a two-frame animated gif like the one above. By quickly alternating images you get the feeling of depth. And maybe a little wooziness, too. Welcome to the world of the wiggle pic. Here's how to easily make them.

Step 1: Get Your Files Off Your 3DS

Just pop out the SD card from the left side of your 3DS and stick it into your computer. The files will be in the DCIM folder. There will be subfolders in here so just look around.

Each picture you shot on your 3DS has a JPG file and a MPO file. What you want is the MPO file as that contains both the left and right image while the JPG only contains one. So copy the MPO files onto your computer.

Now that you have your files you have two options. One is quick and easy, but has no privacy or control. The other is the opposite. We'll cover the easy technique first.

Step 2: 3D Porch

The site we're using here is 3D Porch and the technique is super simple. Here it is:
  1. Go to 3D Porch
  2. Upload your image in the text box on the top right
  3. Wait a minute for the image to process and refresh the page
  4. Right-click on the image and select "Save Image As..."
  5. Give the image a new name if you want
  6. You now have the animated gif!
To see it in action, open the image in a web browser. You can now email it to friends or put it up on some web page.

OK, now for the more involved version. More privacy, more control, here we come!

Step 3: StereoPhoto Maker

All right, the other option is StereoPhoto Maker, which you can download here. Windows only, sorry.

So here's what to do:
  1. Open up the program
  2. File > Open Stereo Image (W)
  3. Stereo > Single Image View > Flashing (Ctrl + F11)
  4. Tap left until you're happy with the way the image is flashing. This adjusts the location of the two images and with this you can shift the neutral plane of the image a bit.
  5. File > Make animation gif...
  6. Choose a name and you're done!
With the file you have the same options. Email, post somewhere, or just save it in a folder of flickering pics.

If you have those red and cyan glasses you can make an anaglyph picture as well. Just select Stereo > ColorAnaglyph > (your choice of anaglyph style), adjust, and save.

All right, have fun in 3D and don't cause too many seizures.



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    22 Discussions


    7 years ago on Introduction

    If you alternately blink your right and left eyes in sync with the animated photo, the 3D experience is tremendously enhanced. It's not easy to do, but play around with it and see what I mean. This is in fact exactly how the high-end 3D glasses work, by alternately opening and closing an LCD "shutter" in front of each eye. Very nifty instructable! I'm going to think about this, and see if I can build my own pair of 3D "shutter-glasses" with which to view your photos!

    5 replies

    Reply 7 years ago on Introduction

    so... what you're saying is that the flip-flop rate needs to be doubled? That'd make sense.


    Reply 7 years ago on Introduction

    . It's really hard to blink that fast, but the same effect can be achieved by alternately covering one of your eyes with your hands, and it looks great :)


    Reply 7 years ago on Introduction

    Not sure if this idea would work, but instead of using your hands, you could use a small portable fan, and replace the fan blades with a disc with 3 holes. Fan speed would have to be synchronized with the image animation speed.

    That's some fast blinking! Yes, LCD shutter glasses are very effective. I used to play 3D games with them 16 years ago and it was pretty cool. Haven't tried 3D gaming on any of the new consoles. Have a 3DS now, but no games for it yet.


    7 years ago on Introduction

    This is really cool to look at. With only having one good eye to see out of, this gives me the sight of 3D that I have lost many years ago. Thanks for posting this and giving me a chance to see in 3D again..


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    GWJaxfungus amungus

    Reply 7 years ago on Introduction

    Once again Thank You for it.. I'm going to see if I can reproduce it in a form of robotics and live video.. If I complete it I'll write an instructable for it.

    Thanks again,

    fungus amungusGWJax

    Reply 7 years ago on Introduction

    For live video, this is what the screen looks like for active shutter glasses. If you could simply use that display with a low frame rate you should get some results along those lines. If I recall correctly it's pretty hard to watch, though.


    7 years ago on Step 3

    Nice thanks for the info.


    Mystery guitar man made a video like this called poor man


    7 years ago on Introduction

    I made an instructable like this, a few years back.
    Still in my working folder.
    Has not been published yet. (read the comment)

    I actually just take a picture and then take a step to the left or right.
    And, take another picture.
    Then make a animated .gif..
    I guess I have to add more to it..
    Will have to publish someday.

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