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YouTube 3D

Thursday, July 23, 2009 , Posted by Author at Thursday, July 23, 2009

Google wanted to make it easier for us to watch and enjoy 3D videos in a variety of formats, since having a 3D experience usually requires special glasses or viewing techniques. Here's a brief overview video.

This is a new feature and many of the kinks are still being worked out (for instance, 3D videos cannot be embedded). But as with most things on YouTube, Google needs your help. They are looking for you to show the real potential of this feature by making a fascinating, funky 3D video of your own. Tag it with yt3d:enable=true, and leave the link in a comment on this blog. Youtube will feature a small selection on the homepage in an upcoming 3D-themed spotlight.

Some basics around shooting 3D videos (this isn't easy, so patience is key):
  • Use two cameras arranged like a pair of eyes.
  • Start both cameras recording simultaneously.
  • In your video editing program, place the footage for the left and right eyes together in the frame side by side, with the right eye on the left and the left eye on the right.
  • Upload your video! Edit your videos tags and add yt3d:enable=true. If video is widescreen, add yt3d:aspect=16:9 too.
For user discussions around 3D video, visit the YouTube forum.

Have fun!

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