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YouTube Trials 3D Video

Gordon Kelly


So now we can watch forgettable 30 second clips of people doing the stupidest strangest of things while bursting out of our monitors...

YouTube is trialling 3D video. The move comes via the Google employee 20 per cent rule which enables staff to have one day per week working on their own projects (cool, I know). Consequently however what we see isn't particularly grand in scale but rather a single page.

That said, the worker in question 'mer2tube' has provided numerous methods for getting your 3D kicks. A drop down menu offers everything from the red/cyan and amber/blue 3D glasses options to glasses-free techniques such as 'Focus Thru' and 'Cross Eyed' (both rather self explanatory). 'Mirror Split' and left/right hand only models are also there for users looking to break down the 3D into its different parts.

Yes, it's a rather basic start and given the method by which it was created in the first place a fast paced development timescale and the full might of Google won't be dragging this to the surface any time soon. That said, given the fad for 3D at the cinema these days it may not take much for Google to switch around its priorities...


YouTube 3D Test (3D mode selection only available on main site}

via Electricpig


July 21, 2009, 7:12 am

Bah, no Magenta/Green option. I got some of those glasses from 'My Bloody Valentine 3D' blu-ray. 'Journey to the Centre of the Earth' and 'Polar Express' use those glasses actually and 'Coraline' DVD/BR will as well. That's got to be more common than amber/blue!


July 21, 2009, 3:20 pm

Green / magenta is an option now.


July 21, 2009, 3:25 pm

Trivia: have always been able to view stereoscopic 3D images (and video) almost instantly by crossing my eyes.

Video hurts after a while though...

And personally I don't see 3D "home" video catching on for quite a while.


July 22, 2009, 2:04 am

Aargh, it's like those stupid 3D pictures from a few years ago again - I could never get those to work either.


July 22, 2009, 3:43 am

They have not mastered HD yet!!!


July 23, 2009, 4:52 am

Any reason why the guy turned into a preying mantis when wearing the headset?

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