stereoscopic mplayer working again part 2

One year ago I provided a patch for mplayer which included support for quad-buffered stereo, enabling mplayer to display stereoscopic movies. In the meanwhile mplayer-1.0_rc4_p20101114 arrived in portage. As before with the original patch from Stuart Levy, my one does not work anymore due to some changes in mplayers gl2 driver. So I had to modify the patch again to work again with newer mplayer versions. You may download the updated patch from here:


The patch should work at least with nvidia quadro boards, probably with some others. It can be used with CRT and generic shutter glasses or HMDs like the Vusix VR920. Some stereoscopic sample movies for trying it out can be found on

The Gentoo way

For Gentoo users I again modified the mplayer ebuild from portage to include the patch. The modified ebuild is available here:


The older ebuild and patch are still available on

To use the ebuild it just copy it to /usr/local/portage/media-video/mplayer and copy the the patch to the “/usr/local/portage/media-video/mplayer/files” directory. You probably have to create these directories. Then run

ebuild /usr/local/portage/media-video/mplayer/mplayer-1.0_rc4_p20101114-r1.ebuild digest

Be sure to include the following line in your /etc/make.conf.


Then just re-emerge mplayer.

Now start mplayer with -vo gl2:stereo and enjoy the experience in the 3rd dimension again.


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bino 0.8.1 released

Last year I wrote about bino, a stereoscopic video player that is usable with linux and also supports quad buffered stereo. In the meanwhile the versions 0.8 and 0.8.1 have been released. Thanks  for your work, Martin. The new versions contain some bug fixes and the following new features:

  • Adjustable ghostbusting to reduce crosstalk artifacts.
  • Parallax adjustment.
  • Mouse-based seeking.
  • Initial support for choosing an audio stream.
  • Improved compatibility with many video types.

Bino still does not work properly with linux, at least it does not display anything on my gentoo box. The good news is that my patch for bino, I provided here, still works.

The Gentoo way

For gentoo users here is my overlay including the ebuild: [download#52] Download the overlay (it includes the patch) and extract it in /usr/local/portage. Be sure to include the following line in your /etc/make.conf:


Then emerge bino and enjoy viewing your 3d movies.


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