Watching 3D Movies on the LG Optimus 3D

Posted by on Jun 30, 2011

For the last few weeks, I’ve been experimenting with different video codecs and 3D converters to make movies such as Tron Legacy and Avatar watchable on my phone without 3D glasses. The problem was that the phone would not recognize the 3D content, even if I used the official H.264/MPEG-4 AVC codec for BlueRay 3D.  Tonight, I stumbled on the solution. Here are the steps to get the movie to show on the LG Optimus 3D:

  • Obtain a 3D stereoscopic movie and make sure the frames are side by side (as shown below). Also verify that the file format of the movie is compatible with the LG Optimus 3D (H.264, H.263, DivX, MKV, WMV-9, ASF, AVI, 3GP and MP4). Also, if you are planning to use an external MicroSD card, the movie must be smaller than 4GBs (as Android only recognizes the FAT file system) or cut up into smaller than 4GB parts. Note that most native BlueRay 3D movies are enormous (over 17GB)!
  • Once the movie is on the phone (via USB host on MicroSD or on the hard drive itself), play the movie using the Gallery app. Click on the little 3D icon at the bottom right of the screen. The movie will still show side by side, but will enter 3D mode.
  • Click the Android options button (the icon looks like a solid box inside a clear box at the bottom left of your phone) and you will get the following options:
  • Click on the 3D Formatter option. It will provide you with a number of 3D options including Left/Right, Right/Left, Top/Bottom and Fullscreen 3D. Select Left/Right (first option on the left, as shown below):
  • A message will appear that says: “This 3D data is saved as valid 3D contents with the formatter which you’ve chosen“. From that point on, the phone will recognize this movie as 3D and the little 3D icon will appear at the bottom of the movie. The good news is, as soon as you launch it, the movie will run in 3D.
  • Enjoy your movie!