Youtube Videos In 3D

Posted By Ben Goulding, 20 July, 2009 | permalink

It appears that Youtube has began experimenting with 3D videos. An employee named Pete is playing around with the 3D viewing feature in his 20% free time, reports Seroundtable.

They noticed a thread at the Youtube help forum, where the engineer said that he’s working on the stereoscopic player as a 20% project.

Testing 3D Videos. Image: seroundtable

Testing 3D Videos. Image: seroundtable

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.

Your feedback and suggestions are welcome, but as this isn’t my primary project I can’t promise a speedy turnaround with improvements.

Here’s a link to an example video if you’d like to see it in use. (Youtube Video)

This sounds like a pretty neat feature for the future…although pointless without anaglyph glasses. What are your thoughts?


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