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MPO File Extension

Multi Picture Object Format

What is MPO file?

MPO file extension was created by The Camera & Imaging Products Association (CIPA) for storing pictures taken with a photocamera equipped with multiple stereoscopic lens system, such as Fujifilm FinePix Real 3D series. MPO file contains two 2D images in JPG format that are combined to created a single 3D image. Each file can also contain metadata.

MPO format usage

MPO (Multi Picture Object) files are used for viewing images on devices that support 3D technology, usually on 3D TV. Images stored as MPO files can be converted to anaglyph image (stereoscopic 3D digital image) with a stereoscopic image processing software, and viewed by using special 3D glasses.

More information about MPO file format

  1. MPO format was initally designed to store only two images, but at some point the concept was changed and now a single file can hold unlimited number of JPG files. Still, most MPO files hold just two images.
  2. MPO images are also used by Nintendo 3DS game console.
  3. MPO file opened using any standard image viewer will only show a single image, usually the one on the left side.

Programs which support MPO file extension

Below you will find an index of software programs that can be used to open MPO files divided into 2 categories according to system platform supported. Files with MPO suffix can be copied to any mobile device or system platform, but it may not be possible to open them properly on target system.

Programs that support MPO file

Updated: 03/11/2023

How to open file with MPO extension?

There can be multiple causes why you have problems with opening MPO files on given system. On the bright side, the most encountered issues pertaining to Multi Picture Object Format files aren’t complex. In most cases they can be addressed swiftly and effectively without assistance from a specialist. The list below will guide you through the process of addressing the encountered problem.

Step 1. Download and install StereoPhoto Maker

Install software to open MPO file Problems with opening and working with MPO files are most probably having to do with no proper software compatible with MPO files being present on your machine. This one is an easy one. Select StereoPhoto Maker or one of the recommended programs (for example, Adobe Photoshop, Stereomerger, MPO Explorer) and download it from appropriate source and install on your system. The full list of programs grouped by operating systems can be found above. One of the most risk-free method of downloading software is using links provided by official distributors. Visit StereoPhoto Maker website and download the installer.

Step 2. Update StereoPhoto Maker to the latest version

Update software that support file extension MPOYou still cannot access MPO files although StereoPhoto Maker is installed on your system? Make sure that the software is up to date. Software developers may implement support for more modern file formats in updated versions of their products. This can be one of the causes why MPO files are not compatible with StereoPhoto Maker. All of the file formats that were handled just fine by the previous versions of given program should be also possible to open using StereoPhoto Maker.

Step 3. Set the default application to open MPO files to StereoPhoto Maker

If you have the latest version of StereoPhoto Maker installed and the problem persists, select it as the default program to be used to manage MPO on your device. The next step should pose no problems. The procedure is straightforward and largely system-independent

Associate software with MPO file on Windows

The procedure to change the default program in Windows

  • Right-click the MPO file and choose Open with option
  • Next, select the Choose another app option and then using More apps open the list of available applications
  • Finally select Look for another app on this PC, point to the folder where StereoPhoto Maker is installed, check the Always use this app to open MPO files box and conform your selection by clicking OK button
Associate software with MPO file on Mac

The procedure to change the default program in Mac OS

  • By clicking right mouse button on the selected MPO file open the file menu and choose Information
  • Proceed to the Open with section. If its closed, click the title to access available options
  • Select StereoPhoto Maker and click Change for all...
  • If you followed the previous steps a message should appear: This change will be applied to all files with MPO extension. Next, click the Continue button to finalize the process.

Step 4. Verify that the MPO is not faulty

You closely followed the steps listed in points 1-3, but the problem is still present? You should check whether the file is a proper MPO file. Being unable to access the file can be related to various issues.

Check MPO file for viruses
1. Verify that the MPO in question is not infected with a computer virus

If the MPO is indeed infected, it is possible that the malware is blocking it from opening. It is advised to scan the system for viruses and malware as soon as possible or use an online antivirus scanner. MPO file is infected with malware? Follow the steps suggested by your antivirus software.

2. Verify that the MPO file’s structure is intact

Did you receive the MPO file in question from a different person? Ask him/her to send it one more time. It is possible that the file has not been properly copied to a data storage and is incomplete and therefore cannot be opened. When downloading the file with MPO extension from the internet an error may occurred resulting in incomplete file. Try downloading the file again.

3. Check if the user that you are logged as has administrative privileges.

Sometimes in order to access files user need to have administrative privileges. Log out of your current account and log in to an account with sufficient access privileges. Then open the Multi Picture Object Format file.

4. Check whether your system can handle StereoPhoto Maker

The operating systems may note enough free resources to run the application that support MPO files. Close all running programs and try opening the MPO file.

5. Ensure that you have the latest drivers and system updates and patches installed

Latest versions of programs and drivers may help you solve problems with Multi Picture Object Format files and ensure security of your device and operating system. It may be the case that the MPO files work properly with updated software that addresses some system bugs.

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