Turn Your Computer Screen Into a 3D Display For Free

3D glass red blueIt all started with CES 2010 and it has now covered a long way but still an immature technology. Yes, we are talking about the mighty 3D technology that is gearing up to entertain you at your comfort zone. The movie ‘Avatar’ played an important role in popularising and mass acceptance of 3D technology. But like any other newbie technology its a costly affair. Having a 3D setup at home for yourself can burn your pockets and a real worth product is due. So, you better try out the below. You will be able to play games  in stereo 3D.

So what is a 3D film / image technology :

Wikipedia defines 3-D this way:

3D (three-dimensional) film is a motion picture that enhances the illusion of depth perception. Derived from stereoscopic photography, a special motion picture camera system is used to record the images as seen from two perspectives and special projection hardware and/or eyewear are used to provide the illusion of depth when viewing the film.

So basically its an illusion created before your eyes that provides a view from two perspective angles. This can be achieved either by shooting the entire film using a costly two eyed camera capable of capturing 3D motion picture or by converting an ordinary 2D video by providing it an angled perspective after production. The former was used in ‘Avatar’ and the latest ‘Resident Evil’ movie. It’s the ultimate experience you can achieve from a 3D technology. Using latter 3D stereo rendering only a small depth of field change can be achieved.

Another important un avoidable hardware in the 3D technology is the glasses used. Without which you cannot view and enjoy the 3-D videos. Based on the architecture even there exists different variety of 3D glasses. The first and the most cheapest glass format being the colored Anaglyph glass.

Some common types of 3D glasses are:

1) Anaglyph – Red Blue glasses ( Cheap and common ) – anaglyph 3D

2) Active shutter glasses – shutterglasses 3D

3) Polarized 3D glasses

Being the cheapest option available and easily attainable 3D video rendered outputs  we are concerned with the Anaglyph Red Blue 3D glasses here. Check out the below pic to understand how 3D technology using Anaglyph glasses work.

How Anaglyph ( Red/ Blue ) 3-D glasses work :

Various 3D technology explained

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Convert your computer screen into a 3D display:

To setup  3D on your computer you will need two things:

1) iZ3D Driver ( Used to convert video to stereo Red/ Blue output ) – Download free from here.

2) Anaglyph ( Red/ Blue) glass – Can get one from eBay. Check this search.

Steps to setup 3D on your computer :

1) Download and install iZ3D driver. While installing make sure that the ‘Anaglyph Output (free)’ is ticked.

iZ3D 3D Driver install

2) Launch iZ3D and make sure you choose Red/Cyan as the output and click Apply.

iZ3D 3D glass select

The iZ3D stereo drivers can be quickly enabled and disabled by right clicking from system notification icons area.

iZ3d enable

Now when you start games you will see interface in red blue combination. Wear your anaglyph 3D glass and see the effect for yourself. You can also select custom profiles by going to ‘Profiles’ in control center and select a predefined one. You change the stereoeffect by clicking : [+]=increase and [-]=decrease and convergence lets you choose convergence point (pulls or pushes the scene from you): [shift]+[+] pulls it and [shift]+[-] pushes it away.

Chess in Windows 7 after turning on stereo mode.

windows chess 3D

How to make  an Anaglyph Red Blue 3D glass  at home :

If you are not comfortable spending money and ordering an anaglyph red blue 3D glass via eBay then you can make one your own by following the below pic.

Home made 3D red blue anaglyph glass

Hope you enjoyed the post. Do share and let us know your thoughts.

Comments

  1. i lyk it.
    coooool

  2. Hi, your tutorial is very cool, but I’ve done a mistake. When I installed it, I didn’t choose custom setup but I choose full installation, and now my display setting is messy. I’ve uninstall it but it didn’t turn into its normal condition. My display now looks to bright although I’ve set its brightness to low. Can you help me to solve it? Thank you.

  3. I’ve try it but I found no changes in my display.

  4. When i have instsalled the program it works on Chess Titans but not on Icy Tower? Why?

  5. still trying

  6. Hi Binoy,

    Great article.. explains 3d nicely!

    Still, there’s an error with the “how 3d works” diagram.
    the Blue glass ‘blocks’ all the light except for blue and similarly Red glass lets only Red light to pass though.

    Hope you’ll correct it.

  7. doesn’t it have any negative effect on the computer after installation, and if any problem occur can we reset the settings to solve it. and after uninstallation and removal does the system comes into its previous condition. if yes then only i can think of trying this software.

  8. I have installed the software according the tutorial but when i launch iZ3D to choose Red/Cyan glasses, those two lists are empty. What should i do? Thanks for the tutorial, it`s great!

  9. For some reason after installing it, it appears to work but the wizard won’t go away and pressing “C” or “Shift+Num*” does nothing. Any help on the matter would be greatly appreciated.

  10. Divyakant says:

    Thanx a lot….nice information…

  11. Thanks…will try and write back:)

  12. is it compatible with polarised 3d glases ???

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