How to make your existing 3D videos play nice with the HTC EVO 3D

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If you have a bunch of HD 3D SBS (side by side) MKV files that you'd like to play on your new HTC EVO 3D, then you're in luck. With some free software and a bit of patience, you can convert those video files that were previously only compatible with your 3D television into a format that you can take with you wherever you go.

All you need to get started is your computer, the video file or DVD of your choice, your EVO 3D, and the standard USB cable that came with your phone.

Just follow these easy steps:

1. Download HandBrake, free software that converts MVK files into the more EVO-friendly .mp4 or .mpv formats. There are versions for Windows, Mac, Ubuntu, and Fedora.

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2. After you install HandBrake on your system, open it and select iPod Legacy in the Presets menu on the far right-hand side of the screen. This will lessen the amount of tinkering you'll have to do later.

3. Select the video you want to convert by clicking on the Source button. Both DVDs and locally saved files are supported.

4. Under Output Settings you can select either MP4 File or MPV File, as both are supported by the EVO 3D. Make sure that Large file size, Web optimized, and iPod 5G support are all unchecked.

5. Next, select the Picture tab, located under Output Settings. Uncheck Keep Aspect Ratio. You can also set the Width and Height options, but keep in mind that the EVO 3D's resolution maxes out at qHD, which is 960 x 540 pixels. Anything higher will still play, but you will just be wasting file space and your EVO's system resources.

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6. Next, click on the Video tab and make sure that Video Codec is set to H.264 (x264) and Framerate (FPS) is set to Same as source.

7. You should also make sure that Avg Bitrate (kbps) is selected and set to 1500.

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8. Next, click on the Audio tab and make sure that Audio Codec is set to AAC (faac).

9. Change Mixdown to Stereo and the Samplerate to 48, and make sure the Bitrate is 160.

Optional: If you want, you can save the above settings so you don't have to go through this process every time you want to convert a file for playback on your EVO 3D. Just click the Add button under Presets and select a name (such as EVO 3D) when the dialog box pops open. Then click Add to save it. These settings will now be accessible on the right-hand side of HandBrake whenever you open the program.

10. To begin converting your file, click the Start button at the top, right next to the Source button. This will cause a command line to open and begin processing the file. Be patient, as this can take over one hour depending on the size of your original file. In addition, if you interrupt this process, you will have to start over from the very beginning.

11. Once your video file has been converted, mount your EVO 3D to your computer using your USB cable. Create a folder on your SD card labeled Video and copy the new file there. Once the file is copied over, you can use the stock Gallery app on the EVO to watch the video.

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Now that wasn't too hard, was it?

There are some things to keep in mind:

First, make sure you include "3D" separated by spaces somewhere in the file name when copying the video to your EVO. This will ensure that your phone correctly recognizes this as a 3D video and plays it correctly right off the bat.

Second, double-check that you have selected Stereo in the audio settings (step 9 above); otherwise you risk having a movie with no sound.

Finally, due to limitations on the stock SD cards, make sure your file is under 2 GB. In most cases this shouldn't be an issue, even when you're working with feature-length films. But if you have an especially long video you are converting, you may be forced to split the file into smaller sections if you find that your SD card does not play nice with it.

Additionally, while HandBrake has largely been successful for most individuals attempting this, several have recommended Freemake Video Converter (available on Windows here) as an alternative if you run into any difficulties. Just use the same settings detailed above.

The world of possibilities just got a little bit bigger, didn't it?

[xda-developers] Thanks, Enrique!

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