YouTube Experimenting With 3D Stereoscopic Video!

Jul 20th, 2009 | By | Category: Internet TV, Video

It looks like YouTube is experimenting with supporting 3D videos.

Click through to YouTube, and the site player offers a dropdown menu of options for viewing the 3D video, including options for old-school Red/Cyan glasses!

YouTube Pete explains:

First off, thanks to you and the other stereoscopy fans in the community for the awesome videos and useful feedback.

I’m the developer working on the stereoscopic player as a 20% project. It’s currently very early, hence the silly bugs like swapping the eyes for the anaglyph modes. A fix for this is in the works.

The current tags are provisional and may change or expand. They are:

yt3d:enable=true Enables the view mode. (obviously you’ve already discovered this)
yt3d:aspect=3:4 Sets the aspect of the encoded video.
yt3d:swap=true Swaps the left and right sources. You may need to add this to videos when the player with fixed anaglyph modes ships. Apologies for the inconvineince.

yt3d:left=0_0.1_0.5_0.9 and yt3d:right=0.5_0.1_1_0.9 These tags are very provisional and most useful for fixing up old videos. They set the source area for each eye as pairs of coordinates x1_y1_x2_y2. The scale of these coordinates is 0,0 for the the top left down to 1,1 for the bottom right.

Ideally you shouldn’t use left and right. For the best quality make the sources as large as possible within the frame and set yt3d:aspect correctly.

There are several options now for creating 3D videos on the cheap, and now it looks like there will be a free way to distribute 3D videos.

via seroundtable

Have you spotted any other 3D videos on YouTube yet? If so, leave a link in the comments.

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5 Responses to “YouTube Experimenting With 3D Stereoscopic Video!”

  1. I wonder how many other types of 3D they’ll try. Red/Blue isn’t the best and most people don’t have stereo scopic viewers hanging around. And they’re a lot bulkier than glasses.

    Although one of the problems with many 3D systems is that there just isn’t any standarization. Every time they come out with a new 3D TV show you need a brand new type of glasses.

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  3. Cool says:

    Hey Guys,

    I know of an Israeli Company named “Taatua” that has been transforming 2D movies into 3D
    I have seen a few samples and the result is surprisingly really good.
    Has anyone else heard of them??

    you can check them out here

  4. I hate home movie 3d, never not even close to theatre quality…

  5. Brian Egendorf says:

    Why is the video streographic here, but if I click on it to go to it is in red and blue?

    I am doing rep work for a TV that supports siide-by-side stereographic and mpo.and that has Netcastic capabilities.. But so far, I haven’t found any youtube videos that line up right. Mostly because they have black borders on the center, right and left. I am looking for videos like this one, where there is no space in between and no border on the sides to demo. So when I saw your video, and saw its on youtube, I got excited..but when I went to you tube and saw the red and blue version instead, I was back to square one.

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