Convert 2D Videos to 3D using VirtualDub and the AviSynth Script
With VR Headsets and 3D TVs getting more and more popular, people are curious about the 3D video production. Some even think about if they can create 3D video from their old 2D movie library. When they are searching "2D to 3D Conversion" on Google, Yahoo or other search engines, they will find there are many guides on 2D to 3D SBS video creation.
You can easily convert 2D to 3D SBS video with some 3D softwares. For example, one of the popular ways is to convert 2D video to 3D using VirtualDub and the AviSynth Script. It is the way appearing long ago, although the 3D effect is not perfect, there are also many people who like to use VirtualDub and the AviSynth Script to produce their own 3D content.
How to Convert 2D Videos to 3D using VirtualDub and the AviSynth Script?
You need to open VirtualDub and then Open as a video file the 2D to 3D AVS script instead of directly opening the video file you’ll be converting, don’t worry, the AviSynt script will do what is needed and will just pass video that VirtualDub can interpret. Then Open the Video menu, make sure that Full Processing mode is selected (on by default) and Open up the Compression menu, where you’ll see a list of compatible codecs installed on your PC. You can choose Xvid MPEG4 Codec and Configure it to use Single pass quality based encoding with a Quantizer of 4 in order to have a good ratio between compression size and image quality.
Recompressing the audio is optional, but you’d need to do it as otherwise the file has PCM audio that just makes the size of the file too big. In this case you need to open the Audio menu, select the Full Processing Mode (here it is not on by default) and choose the Compression option. Again you’ll see a list of installed and supported audio codecs, here MP3 is just fine for Stereo output and you can choose 128Kbps for good enough quality and small file size.
What you need to do now is just save the output file as Avi and the recompression of the video will begin, the time it can take varies depending on a lot of factors for example if you are using a single or multi-core CPU, what it the size and length of the video etc. Here you just need to wait a bit for the processing to finish and after that you’ll be ready to play your converted video file directly in the stereoscopic player without the need to go through the AviSynth script for real-time conversion. So now back to the Full HD 1080p teaser as an example that I’ve converted using my conversion script and VirtualDub, the file is about 170MB… (Steps source)
Later, more and more 2D to 3D converter programs mushroomed to meet the increasing needs. One of the excellent 3D converters is Pavtube Video Converter Ultimate, a software that can create 3D video for Samsung Gear VR, Oculus Rift CV1, FreelyVR, HTC Vive, LG 3D TV, Samsung 3D TV, etc out of any 2D video including 2D MKV, 2D MP4, 2D Blu-ray, 2D DVD, 2D AVI, 2D MTS, 2D TS, 2D FLV, etc.
Features of Pavtube 2D to 3D Converter:
- It has a very simple interface and keeps the confusing choices to a minimum. Support drag-and-drop functionality.
- The Intellectual Management System autamatically detect objects in the scenes to convert to 3D source.
- You can see below the conversion result from 2D to 3D video:
- Basic video operation:
Blu-ray to 3D, AVI to 3D, MP4 to 3D, FLV to 3D, MKV to 3D, YouTube to 3D, Yify to 3D, DVD to 3D, etc.
- Extract audio from video to MP3, AAC, WMA, M4A for portable devices like iPad, iPhone, iPod, or for audio editing tools like Audio Editor.
- Resize video output settings including frame rate, resolution, bit rate for use with your specific players.
- Capture current frame from videos, movies, or TV Shows to save your favorite scene in BMP, PNG, JPG image format on PC.
- Outputs 3D MKV, 3D MP4, 3D AVI, 3D WMV, 3D MOV in Side by Side, Anaglyph, Top/Bottom 3D effect.
- Support Windows Vista – Windows 10 and any video formats: TS, M2TS, MXF, XAVC, AVI, WMV, MP4, MKV, VOB, VRO, 3GP, FLV.
- 100% Unconditional Money-Back Guarantee!
How to Convert 2D to 3D Side by Side Video with Pavtube 2D-3D Video Converter?
Step 1: Import video.
Insert your 3D/2D Blu-ray/DVD movie to disc drive, and click “Load from disc” button to load Blu-ray or DVD from ROM. For video file, click the “Add video” button, browse to computer hard drive and import video into this app.
This software also can directly convert 3D to 3D video such as converting 3D TB video to 3D SBS, 3D Anaglyph to 3D SBS, etc so you also can add 3D video into the program.
Step 2: Select format and set profile.
Tap on “Format” bar and find “3D Video”, there are a lot of format options for you. “MP4 Side-by-Side 3D Video (*.mp4)” is recommended for wide compatible with Oculus Rift DK2, Oculus Rift CV1, ANTVR Kit, Zeiss VR One, Google Cardboard, Freely VR, etc.
Tip: If necessary, you are allowed to adjust video and audio presets in Settings. Parameters like video codec, video bitrate, video frame rate, audio sample rate, audio channel, and more can be adjusted to achieve a better video/audio playback on VR devices. 3D depth and video size, bitrate is very important for a 3D video effect. You HAVE TO check the user manual of your VR Headsets to learn the best compatible 3D video codec, frame rate, bitrate, audio codec, channel. AND, since the phone is the screen, you should make sure the 3D video is also supported by your iPhone 6S/6S Plus/6/6 Plus/5S/5, Samsung Galaxy S7/S7 Edge/S6/S6 Edge/Note 5/4, Blackberry, HUAWEI, LG, HTC, etc.
Step 3: Convert 2D Video to SBS 3D MP4.
Click “Convert” button, video to SBS 3D MP4 conversion begins. When the process finishes, open the output folder to locate it.
The output 3D SBS video from Pavtube Video Converter Ultimate can be used on nearly all VR Headsets in the market no matter it is a lower end or higher end one only if it needs a smartphone/PC as the display. You can play the 3D SBS video on Gear VR Innovator Edition, Gear VR, Oculus Rift DK2, Rift Development Kit 2, Google Cardboard, Cardboard HeadMount 3D VR BOX, Daydream VR, ZEISS VR One, ANTVR KIT, Vitrio VR, Freefly VR, View-Master VR, DESTEK Vone 3D VR Headset, IncrediSonic M700 VUE Series VR Glasse, Baoer Cardboard Valencia Quality 3d VR, Glyby 3D VR, VIGICA VR, True Depth 3D VR, J-DEAL Large FOV 3D VR, HTC Vive, Homido Virtual Reality Headset, Findbest VR, Speck Pocket VR, Deepoon VR, Visus, Cmoar VR, AuraVisor, Project Morpheus, PlayStation VR, etc.