Viewing 3-D Image MPO Files on a Samsung Plasma

Samsung 3-D TVs include a special pair of viewing glasses.
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Most Samsung plasma TVs include a USB port for connecting external flash storage. If your TV can display 3-D images and video, it probably recognizes MPO files stored on a camera or flash drive. If your Samsung isn't a 3-D TV, you can still view MPO files by splitting them into two JPEG files; however, your TV may be able to display the MPO's left JPEG without splitting.

1 Stereo JPEG Photography

An ordinary camera produces 2-D images because it only has one lens. Like a human face, 3-D cameras have two lenses spaced some distance apart to capture a picture from two perspectives. MPO files merge these left and right sides into an image that 3-D devices can display. Many devices without 3-D capability can display the MPO's left image by default, which is similar to the right image and looks like what you might see when you close your right eye. To view MPO files on a Samsung 3-D TV, you must wear the included 3-D glasses.

2 Displaying Images on a Samsung Plasma TV

If your Samsung has a USB port, copy the MPO file to a flash drive, and then connect it to your TV. Alternatively, connect a 3-D camera to your Samsung with its USB cable, use your remote control to navigate to the folder containing the MPO file, and then select it to view the picture on your screen. If your TV doesn't have a USB port, use Windows Movie Maker to create a DVD slideshow that includes the image (link in Resources). Drag the MPO file to the timeline, along with any other images you'd like to view, click “Share,” and then choose “Burn a DVD.” Insert a disc into your computer, and then follow the prompts to burn the slideshow. The disc is compatible with any home DVD player.

3 Splitting MPO Files

If MPO files don't show up on your TV, split them into left and right JPEG images with MPOsplit (link in Resources). At the time of publication, MPOsplit is the only program that performs this function. It's a very simple command-line tool that you can use by dragging and dropping MPO files over the “MPOsplit.exe” file in File Explorer. It creates two JPEG images in the same folder, adding “v1.jpg” and “v2.jpg” to the original file's name. You can open these files in any photo editor or viewer, including any Samsung plasma TV.

4 Acquiring 3-D Images

Capture 3-D images with a special two-lens still camera, then connect the camera to your TV's USB port. If you don't have a 3-D camera, you can download MPO files from sites such as Phereo, 3-D Media or Spiff's MPO (links in Resources). The 3-D Media site also offers a program called 3DComposer that combines two normal JPEGs into an MPO file. Alternatively, visit to combine photos into 3-D images (link in Resources). To create a 3-D image using an ordinary camera, you must take two photos of the same object with a horizontal separation of around 15 degrees.

David Wayne has been writing since 2010, with technology columns appearing in several regional newspapers in Texas. Wayne graduated from the University of Houston in 2005, earning a Bachelor of Arts in communications.