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TUTORIAL - How to Get Your Nintendo 3DS 3D Video to YouTube and Display PROPERLY in 3D

Posted December 24th 2011 by Adam Grayson.

Quick Guide - General Information About the Process

As of this writing, YouTube is unable to detect the video from the Nintendo 3DS as 3D video. Because of this, we must convert the video into a 3D format that YouTube does understand. Those two formats are side by side and top/bottom 3D. While YouTube will recognize these two formats as side by side (full) and top/bottom (full), you will want to avoid those as the videos will become stretched on YouTube. Instead, you will want your videos to be in either side by side (half) or top/bottom (half).

In addition, YouTube recommends the following video formats, resolution, and encoding for 3D videos:

YouTube 3D works best with the following formats:

  • H264 AVC 1920x1080 Side by Side L/R with SEI Frame Packing Arrangement metadata.

    • Tip: You can use x264 to encode SEI FPA information.

  • WebM 1920x1080 Side by Side L/R with StereoMode information.

Taken from YouTube's 3D Content Help page.

Once your video is in the correct format, you may upload it to YouTube. After the video is finished uploading, you must inform YouTube that the video is a 3D video. Go to the video's page and:

  • Click Edit info
  • Click 3D Video
  • Select This video is already 3D

    • Select 3D format appropriate for your video

  • Click Save Changes

Unless you're using nVidia 3D Vision to view 3D, your video will now be correctly displayed in 3D. If you are using nVidia 3D Vision to view 3D, there are a few requirements. You must be using Windows 7 with an Aero theme enabled, and you must be using Mozilla Firefox (version 4 or above) to view the video on YouTube. In addition, you will need to wait a few hours until YouTube adds nVidia 3D Vision support to your video. After that, you will need to select HTML5 stereo view as your 3D viewing option on YouTube. Keep in mind that viewing in nVidia 3D Vision/HTML5 will not work if you have SLI-enabled graphics cards. If you do, you will need to turn SLI off.

Technical Video Information

Nintendo 3DS Video:

  • Resolution: 480x240
  • Frame Rate: 20 frames/second
  • Video Format: .AVI
  • Video Codec: Motion JPEG
  • Video Bit Depth: 8 bits
  • Video Scan Type: Progressive
  • Video 3D Format: Unknown at this time*
  • Audio Codec: ADPCM
  • Audio Bit Rate: 64.0 Kbps
  • Audio Channels: One (mono)
  • Audio Sampling Rate: 16.0 KHz
  • Audio Bit Depth: 4 bits

YouTube Recommended 3D Video:

  • H.264 AVC 1920x1080 Side by Side L/R with SEI Frame Packing Arrangement metadata.
  • WebM 1920x1080 Side by Side L/R with StereoMode information.


  • YouTube can only display 3D videos at a maximum resolution of 720p, even if they're uploaded at a higher resolution

*If anyone knows what the 3D format for the 3DS' videos is, please say so in the comments, and I'll update this.

Required Components [Windows | Mac]

For Everyone:

  • Nintendo 3DS with firmware 3.0.0-5 or later
  • SD card (one comes with the Nintendo 3DS)
  • SD card reader
  • Computer
  • Video Editing Software

    • Must be able to directly output YouTube-friendly 3D formats AND/OR...
    • Must be able to resize and reposition video within frame

  • Internet connection
  • YouTube account

If you view 3D with nVidia 3D Vision:

  • Windows 7 with an Aero theme enabled
  • Mozilla Firefox (version 4 or above)

Optional Components:

  • 3D glasses (YouTube does support viewing 3D videos without glasses, but, obviously, glasses will help)
  • 3D-enabled monitor/screen (YouTube supports anaglyphic 3D videos, so a 3D-enabled monitor/screen is not required)

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Minecraft Lovah/ Creeping Creeper

love it man!

Tuesday, January 17th 2012


I've read your useful tutorial, let me say is the best and clear that I've found on the argument. I ask you how to do the same thing (see a 3d vision video in Firefox) but stored locally, not using YouTube or web. It's important for me since I've to realize a standalone info point that allow to see 3d video throught Firefox without an Internet connection. Thanks for your help

Wednesday, February 8th 2012



GIOLETS, there are other websites that let you upload and view 3D videos (specifically with nVidia 3D Vision), but I don't think Firefox can be used as a 3D video player without an Internet connection. I suppose you could write your own HTML file or something and include an HTML5 video player within the page. But that seems like a lot of extra work. If you just want to view 3D videos locally, there are programs that let you do that. nVidia 3D Vision Player is one that comes immediately to mind: I haven't tried, but I don't think that can play things like 3D blu-rays or anything. I've only used the 3DS videos with it so far. If you ARE looking for a program to play 3D blu-rays, check out this article:,2636-6.html It mentions the handful of programs designed for 3D video playback on computers. Hope that answers your question.

Wednesday, February 22nd 2012



Monday, March 5th 2012


Wait, I put my SD card into the reader. It's not doing anything.

Monday, March 5th 2012

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