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view 3D MPO files in Windows 7, Vista, XP using the Windows Photo Viewer and Explorer

Posted by langbogen on December 27, 2011

This Christmas I bought a Fujifilm FinePix Real 3D W3 to take 3D fotos.

The camera allows to store a normal JPG foto file beside the 3D MPO file, but do we need that? If you want to display the pictures on a TV or media box etc. maybe, because MPO support is still bad. But if you only use your PC this is waste of space. The best thing is: you can tell Windows Explorer and Windows Photo Viewer to show your MPOs. There are two ways:

  • rename the file extension from MPO to JPG – each programm which can open JPG files should now display/edit the picture from the left lens (boring, and you risk losing the second foto if you e.g. rotate the picture)
  • follow these instructions to tell windows how to handle MPO files, and the Windows Photo Viewer and Explorer will display the left lens picture (this is the cool way!): http://www.munsil.com/MPO_registry.html
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One Response to “view 3D MPO files in Windows 7, Vista, XP using the Windows Photo Viewer and Explorer”

  1. rjhornby said

    I’ve been working on a program to view the left and right images that make up an mpo file, check it out here http://rjhornby.com/geekery/82-3d-images-part1-mpofiles

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