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Depth Media Player

Note: Depth Media Player is no longer being actively developed. Please instead see HoloPlay Studio, which supports many of the features of Depth Media Player.

The Depth Media Player allows you to watch 3D photos and videos in your Looking Glass.

Installation and Setup

Download for Windows Download for mac

Note: the installer installs HoloPlay Service too.

Windows Setup

The Windows taskbar will default to be visible on the Looking Glass. To remove, right click on any taskbar, select "Taskbar Settings" and switch off "Show taskbar on all displays".

Supported Formats

Depth Media Player currently supports the following formats:

  • Depth map encoded images
  • iPhone photos with depth data
  • Depthkit video

Depth Map Encoded Images

Depth Media Player can play back photos that have depth data encoded into them. The accepted format must have:

  • 2D Image data in the top half of the image
  • A grayscale depth map in the bottom half of the image

Here's an example of a depth-map encoded image that would work:

depth encoded image

iPhone Photos with Depth Data

Moments 3D is the iPhone App that broadcasts iPhone photos with depth data to Depth Media Player to display on the Looking Glass. Click here for more information on how it works.

Depthkit Video

Depthkit is software that uses 3D capture hardware (such as Microsoft Kinect, Azure Kinect, or RealSense) to capture real world scenes as digital 3D imagery. This 3D imagery can be played back in the Looking Glass.

Click here for instructions on setting up Depthkit for Looking Glass.

Videos exported from Depthkit can be viewed in the Depth Media Player by selecting File -> Import Video, or simply dragging and dropping the video file into the playlist. Video files must be in the same directory as the meta data (.txt file) for the import to succeed. The filename of the meta data needs to be the same as video file.

Note: If a Depthkit Video file is moved after it is imported, the application will not be able to find it and it will need to be reimported.

Future Compatibility

Other formats that you can expect support for in the future include:

  • Quilts (photo & video)
  • Photo Stacks
  • Stereo imagery (photo & video)

If you have another format you'd like to see supported, please share with us on our forum.

Playing Media Content

To preview media, single click on an item in the playlist. An info panel will expand to show thumbnail and detailed information.

To view media in the Looking Glass, double click on an item in the playlist. An icon will appear next to it, indicating the current media that is being viewed.

To change your looping preference, click on the loop icon next to the media controls to cycle between the following:

  • No looping -- stops at end of playlist
  • Loop all -- loops the playlist
  • Loop one -- loops a single media asset

To rearrange playlist order, drag and drop items.

To rename or delete files, right click on an item.

Media Settings

The "Media Settings" menu allows you to adjust the imagery in your Looking Glass.

Adjustments to these settings are saved on a per-file basis and will automatically load whenever the same file is viewed again.

Rendering Settings


Changes which portion of the imagery is set to align in the Zero Parallax Plane. "0" focuses on the furthest part of the image and "1" focuses on the nearest.


Changes how dramatic the 3D effect is rendered. "0" is a flat image, and "1" is a dramatically depthy image.

Backdrop / Shadow (Depthkit videos only)

Toggle for showing a light beige background and casting shadow.


The distance of backdrop. "0" for nearest and "1" for furthest.


The angle of light source. Negative values for light source position to the left, and positive values for light source to the right.

Spike Filtering (Depthkit videos only)

Sometimes there is a sudden increase or decrease in depth values, causing visible "spikes" in the video. To remove those, use the following two sliders.

Spike Removal Threshold

How big of a spike should the renderer remove.

Sampling Radius

How refined the renderer defines a spike.


No Looking Glass found error / Unable to launch Depth Media Player


Please ensure that HoloPlay Service is connected and communicating properly with the Looking Glass.

Image is Distorted

Try restarting HoloPlay Service.

Framerate issues / Video plays slowly

For PCs with multiple GPUs, Depth Media Player will attempt to use the more powerful one, but sometimes it may choose the wrong one.

The following steps allow the app to choose the correct GPU.


  1. Right click on your desktop and open NVIDIA Control Panel img

  2. Click "Manage 3D settings"

  3. Go to "Program Settings"

  4. Click "Add" img

  5. Click "Browse" and navigate to the DepthMediaPlayer

  6. Change the preferred graphics processor to be "High-performance NVIDIA processor" img

  7. Click "Apply"


  1. Right click on the app icon and select “Get Info”

  2. Check the box next to "Prefer External GPU"


Further Support

For additional support, please visit the forum or our Discord.