How to watch 3D movies on normal display (PC/Laptop)

Ever wonder if you can watch 3D movies on your normal display? Or what technology is behind this?

Well, than basic idea of 3D images is that each of your eyes must see a slightly different image. The technique for creating the illusion of depth in a image is very old and is called Stereoscopy.

Stereoscopy creates the illusion of three-dimensional depth from given two-dimensional images. Human vision, including the perception of depth, is a complex process which only begins with the acquisition of visual information taken in through the eyes; much processing ensues within the brain, as it strives to make intelligent and meaningful sense of the raw information provided. One of the very important visual functions that occur within the brain as it interprets what the eyes see is that of assessing the relative distances of various objects from the viewer, and the depth dimension of those same perceived objects.

In nowadays, there are 2 main commercial uses of 3D technology, one called Anaglyph 3D and one Polarized 3D. Anaglyph 3D encodes images used by each eyes using filters of different colors (red and cyan) while Polarized 3D uses filters that will allow only images that have similar polarization.

In cinemas and modern TV’s you will usually find the polarized glasses. In normal display’s (PC, Laptop, Tablet…), magazines you will use Anaglyph 3D. Therefore, if you want to watch a 3D video (a movie or a YouTube 3D videos) using your normal display then you need a Anaglyph glasses and required software to play the video.

1. The glasses: a couple of bucks from Amazon.


2. Software. I recommend KMPlayer.

For example, a 3D movie file played with normal software will show 2 different images one next to another like this:

normal 3d movie

In order to see the movie in Anaglyph, open the file in KMPlayer and press 3D button.

3D movie at home

Now use your glasses and enjoy!


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  2. i did the same , which is mentioned above , but there was 3d effect on pc , i have installed a driver iz3D which is working only in games , all the games i have converted in 3D stereo, so is there any other mechanism or driver , which is useful in videos or movies.
    kindly assit me


    1. Kuldeep you will need to install windows software and then upgrade it to 10th standard. Run the movies from your desktop and open your laptop , you will see clear 3d movies. Dont thank me it my duty to help ppl.

  4. VLC Mate.

    1.Open your VLC and right click or “ctrl+E” to navigate to ‘Adjustment and Effect’. 2.Select video effect and then click the ‘Advanced’ bar. 3.Check the ‘Anaglyph 3D’ box and you will be able to watch 3D movies right away.

    I pasted the answer from elsewhere, but it works. You’ll either need bad eyesight or red/blue glasses to enjoy it.
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    1. like u mentioned, it works in 3d anaglyph mode. But the problem is that the colour depth between the two colour is much.. and that is impossible to watch in 3d.. need help.. Thanks

  5. can i watch normal movies(which is not 3d) in 3d mode..using kmp player..or i have to convert the movie into 3d anaglyph(red & blue).. plz help. THANKS

    1. In my example, the .mkv file encodes a dual image movie … one image is slightly different from the other one … but in such a way you can get obtain an 3d depth. I don’t think is easy to do this from a single image.

    2. You will have to buy 3d movies from store then put it in a standard player and then download . Press the ok button on your lcd and then you will see images in 3d format.

    1. Go for what is comfortable to you or what is generally preferred as normal distance. You can’t get the cinema quality using this type of glasses and way smaller display. Just try to get the best from the situation and get comfortable watching your favorite movies.

  6. The Effect of 3D can be seen using the Anaglyph glass in PC/Laptop. But the true colors of the movie cannot be perfectly seen. Either all the colors are displayed in Green/Blue. Would that Polarized glasses work fine for PC/Laptop instead of Anaglyph?

    1. You will need a Gucci standard green glasses to see the true colours.

  7. Excuse me, I got Red/Blue 3D Glasses but the colors are not perfect (( Specially the Red & Blue Colors )) .. What shall i do to enhance them ??

    Thanks very much for sharing & helping! :)

  8. After enabling 3D video mode the colour is damaged badly looks like I m playing a black and white video file Any suggestion plz…