Solutions to play 3D MKV with NVIDIA 3D Vision

John Salley

Jul 08, 2015 10:00 am / Posted by John Salley to Media Players, Windows

Simulated 3D can bring a stimulating new experience to your favorite blockbusters, home movies and online video. So, you have an expensive graphics card that’s 3D vision compatible, along with a beautiful 3D monitor; watch the very few 3D videos through NVIDIA 3D Vision and start to slowly grow bored; then browse the web and come across some big titles that are available for downloading in .mkv format with 3D effect. Now you may have finished downloading these 3D MKV video files like Avatar from the web and want to watch 3D MKV on NVIDIA 3D Vision Video Player.

However, the only result is that:

You open your NVIDIA 3D Vision Video Player and browse for the downloaded movie, click okay and realize you’re really upset since it says “This file format is not supported!”

For compatibility with NVIDIA 3D Vision Video Player, you’d need a good network and a good computer to transcode on the fly such a file on PC/Mac. It’s not so easy to realize. PowerDVD 13 has no stereo 3D support for playing 3D MKV movies. No worries! I’m here to show you exactly what to do to play unsupported 3D MKV on NVIDIA 3D Vision Video Player with two easy solutions.

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Solution 1: Convert 3D MKV to NVIDIA 3D Vision Video Player Formats

What video format can play on NVIDIA 3D Vision without any problem? 3D Side-by-SideMP4 is a common video foramt, and all the 3D players for PC support 3D MP4 playback well. So, we can convert 3D MKV to 3D SBS MP4 (Video codec: H.264, Audio codec: AAC/AC3) for NVIDIA 3D Vision Video Player.

Best 3D MKV to NVIDIA 3D Vision Converter:

As a professional 3D MKV Converter, Pavtube Video Converter Ultimate offers a wonderful solution to “NVIDIA 3D Vision not playing 3D MKV”, “Does NVIDIA 3D Vision play 3D MKV” and “NVIDIA 3D Vision won’t play 3D MKV files” etc. (Read its comparison with Wondershare)

Wit it, users will users can have the incredible ease of enjoying 3D MKV videos on NVIDIA 3D Vision with best quality. This is simple and sophisticated software that convert 3D MKV to MP4 with adding 3D effect in Analygph, T/P and SBS in just few clicks. To be more specific, it offers several settings to let you free change 3D effect at your needs. What’s more, you can also edit 3D MKV files before conversion such as trim, crop, split, merge, adjust bitrate/sample rate, change audio channel, and add effect/subtitle/watermark. You can make 3D movies on PC at alone!

Even freshers, who have no information on how to convert 3D MKV to 3D SBS MP4 for NVIDIA 3D Vision Video Player, can quickly finish the conversion or on the contrary by following the guide. If you are using a Mac, you can turn to Pavube iMedia Converter for Mac to accomplish the video conversion.


Full Guide: Change 3D MKV movie to SBS 3D MP4 for NVIDIA 3D Vision Video Player

Step 1. Load files.

Open Pavtube 3D MKV to Side-by-Side 3D converter and load your media sources.

Step 2: Choose suitable profile.

From the “Format” drop-down list, you are suggested to follow the path “3D Video > MP4 Side-by-Side 3D Video(*.mp4)” for transcoding 3D MKV to side-by-side 3D MP4 video. (Learn Differences Between Anaglyph 3D and Side-by-Side 3D)

Step 3: Edit 3D MKV Files (Optional)

Video trimming, cropping, effecting, watermarking, adding subtitles are available for you to customize 3D MKV files. Just skip this step if you do not want to add any editing features.

Step 4: Adjust profile presets (Optional)

If you like, you could set profile parameters to get better video quality, such as video codec, file size, video bitrate, frame rate, etc.

Step 5: Start converting 3D MKV to side-by-side 3D MP4 video.

Click the “Convert” button on program interface to start turning 3D MKV to side-by-side 3D MP4 video. After it finished, open output file destination, locate the created SBS 3D MP4 video and you could transfer it onto your NVIDIA 3D Vision Video Player for viewing. Do not forget to choose your 3D settings!

Solution 2: Play 3D MKV without NVIDIA 3D Vision Video Player

  • Stereoscopic Player
  • K-Lite Mega Codec Pack 7.2.0 (There will be a section towards the end of the install asking you to include audio codecs, make sure you enable all of them. If not the 3D video will work but the audio will not.)
  • Haali Media Splitter (I read a few articles that says all you need is the Haali Media Splitter, but that is not true, you also need the K-Lite Mega Codec Pack 7.2.0.)

*Note Download and install in the order above.

After installing the three applications above you will need to do three more steps. Open the Stereoscopic player, then under File go to Layout and choose Sensio. After that is selected go to View then Viewing Method and choose NVIDIA 3D Vision. Next go to View and go to Preferred Viewing Method and choose Stereoscopic. Browse for your download 3D .mkv file and then full screen the video. You should now be able to take advantage of the 3D experience! Take a look at the screen shots below.

Now, you can treat video file like a side-by-side video file from 3D MKV like Avatar for 3D Vision Video Player or Stereoscopic Player on computer with your family, hope you have a good time!


The first solution will be preferred since this MKV to NVIDIA 3D Vision Converter from Pavube is is very easy to use, just a few clicks to convert to get the desired 3D SBS MP4 file with fast speed and maintain the extremely high quality video and audio. (Read this article to get more tools)

After convert 3D MKV to NVIDIA 3D Vision more compatible formats, the following symptoms will be readily solved:

I want to see Avatar 3d at my acerHN274H, it’s a mkv file. The software I use is powerdvd 10, but I still remain a split screen. Thank you!

Anybody figure out a solution to view these with the 3D glasses on the M17? I’ve tried PowerDVD 13 and it says no stereo 3D support when i click the 3D button.

I have a video in Matroska format (MKV, file extension .mkv), 3D half-SBS, where the 1280×720 frame shows the left-eye frame on the left and the right-eye frame on the right. I don’t have a 3DTV, but I have NVidia 3D Vision: I tried to open it with PowerDVD 10 with no result (program hangs). With the same PowerDVD, I tried to play the Avatar 3D trailer downloaded from YouTube (MP4 format), but it now shows it the two frames. PowerDVD 10 is advertised to support 3D and 3D Vision. Why can’t I play these videos?

NVidia Stereoscopic player plays the Avatar trailer fine, but it doesn’t support MKV.

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