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YouTube Delivers 3D At The Click Of A Button

By Wire Service | Sunday | 08/04/2012

Just as James Cameron rolls out a new version of Titanic in 3D, Google has rolled out a 3D conversion kit that allows users of their video streaming service to update content to 3D.

Google has finally rolled its 3D conversion out of beta and rolled it out to across the YouTube site.

See Here.

All users have to do is click a button, to access short-form high-definition videos uploaded in 1080p. These are instantly converted to 3D.

This allows budding film makers to make their own "Avatar" or "Titanic 3D" said a Google spoksperson.

"In the same way we made editing features available ... we want a way to give editors and users more tools," said YouTube spokesman Matt McLernon.

Over the past year of beta testing, YouTube has fine-tuned back-end conversion, using a number of video characteristics such as color, spatial layout and motion for estimating a depth map for each from of a monoscopic video sequence. From that depth map and the original frame, a stereo 3D left and right pair is created -- 3D magic.

Google said that you don't have to do anything but click a button to get to see a 3D version of an HD video on the site. 

THE LA Times said that not everyone has 3D glasses stashed in their office drawer. In fact, there are so many different viewing options for the 3D setting, it's enough to make your eyes cross -- an actual viewing option.

For viewing without glasses, the options menu for 3D offers different displays for a variety of viewing techniques, including cross-eyed, parallel and mirror split. It's kind of cool to click through all of them to see how the image on the screen changes.

Of course, you can use the different types of 3D glasses out there. And for every style, there are a number of fine-tuning settings available. Or make your own!

But that's about viewing. For content creators, you can convert your videos without altering the original upload. Go into the video once it's uploaded, click on "edit info" and click "3D Video" in the top right of the menu. A little while after you select "please make this video 3D," voila. (Check out LAT Consumer Columnist David Lazarus in 3D!)

And if you've shot something with a 3D camera, you can upload 3D video directly to YouTube instead of converting from 2D video, as long as it's stereoscopic.

While YouTube is watched on almost any kind of monitor from a huge-screen TV to small smartphone screens, "the core experience is on the desktop version," McLernon said.

YouTube claims bragging rights on having the most HD content online, with 10% of its videos available in HD. Now, it may just be able to claim the most 3D video as well.

There are hundreds of thousands of 3D videos up now for your cross-eyed viewing pleasure.

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