Media players have reached the point where free ones all offer pretty much the same performance and features, and, in many cases, the same source code and codecs. To stand out from the crowd, you've got to break out of the box, and in video that means 3D. Ramka's 3D Video Player is a shareware video player than not only plays regular and 3D videos but also converts videos to 3D anaglyph stereoscopic playback. You'll need your 3D glasses to view video in 3D, of course. The trial version of 3D Video Player is free, but the 3D conversion feature is disabled: it will play existing 3D stereoscopic videos, though with a watermark on output. Of course, 3D Video Player also handles most of the regular and HD video and audio formats you're likely to encounter. It doesn't have all of the many options and features of the well-known open-source free players, though few if any of those we're aware of have 3D Video Player's special talent.
As a media player, 3D Video Player has a stylish but simple interface, with no options or settings we could find. It has basic controls, starting with a large, central Open button and including full screen, repeat, playlist, a volume slider, and a mute button. But there's also a prominent 3D button, and clicking it applies red-cyan 3D processing to the sample image, a vivid demonstration of what this simple but interesting player does. We started by playing a few ordinary 2D videos from our collection, each of which played just fine in 3D Video Player. Clicking the 3D button produced an onscreen notice that the 3D feature is disabled in the trial version.
We downloaded a 3D stereoscopic video freely shared on YouTube. It opened and played normally in 3D video player, though clicking 3D placed a watermark over the image. Nevertheless, it clearly showed how well 3D Video Player works at displaying 3D videos, and how simple it is to use. If you like the idea, we definitely recommend trying 3D Video Player. The full version is inexpensive, especially considering what it does.
Editors' note: This is a review of the trial version of 3D Video Player 3.3.8.