Movie Hack – How to Convert 2D Movies to 3D!

At CES 2010 I saw many 3D TVs and even attended one of the conferences showing you what tools are required for making crisp, 3D movies at home.  The process really involves gobs of great hardware such as the Intel Core i7 and more but for those of you who want to “convert” existing 2D movies to 3D, there is a way and you don’t have to shoot new videos for 3D.

FREE ways to convert your 2D movies to 3D

The video below shows you how you can use free, open-source software Avidemux to convert 2D movies to 3D.  It seems like this could be a great way for those of you who are just tinkering with 2D to 3D movie conversion.

Another free way to convert 2D movies to 3D is to use Avisynth and VirtualDub, you can read the full details here on how to do that. There’s also a free 2D-to-3D real-time conversion script that you can use, which could provide effective in turning your TV into a 3D TV instantly.

You can also make any YouTube videos into 3D, simply by  adding some new tags to your video:

Edit your YouTube video, then add the tags “yt3d:enable=true”, your video will automatically become 3D.

Convert your 2D movies to 3D using Paid Software/Hardware

Another way to convert 2D movies to 3D is to use a software like TriDef.  Although you have to pay for the software, it could be a viable option if all else fails.

There’s also the VFX 2D to 3D converter for your TV, this one might work if all you are trying to do is watch TV/play video games in 3D.

One Response to Movie Hack – How to Convert 2D Movies to 3D!

  1. Garry48 says:

    Dear Max,

    Interesting software; does it combine movie files from L and R cameras filming simultaneously to create an anaglyph movie or am I way off track?

    Thank you,


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