YouTube Testing 3D Videos (YT3D)

Jul 20, 2009 • 8:41 am | comments (10) by twitter Google+ | Filed Under Other Google Topics

It appears that some time over the weekend, YouTube began experimenting with 3D videos. I spotted a thread at the YouTube Help forum about this, where Googler Pete said he developed this in his 20% time.

He said he is the "developer working on the stereoscopic player as a 20% project." He added that "it's currently very early, hence the silly bugs like swapping the eyes for the anaglyph modes." Peter also shared the various ways to view such videos:

  • 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.

I spotted a video that is currently experimenting with this over here.

YouTube 3D

Again, this is a side project for one Googler right now and he did say:

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

I find it pretty cool that this is being done and I have a feeling it might gain a bit of a following by some videographers out there.

Forum discussion at YouTube Help.

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07/20/2009 05:22 pm

In my viewing, the cross fusing option presents the videos in Focus view, and vice versa. Hopefully the developer fixes that!

No Name

07/21/2009 05:26 am

That sounds great Snaggy..


07/21/2009 01:08 pm

Hey Guys, I know of an Israeli Company named "Taatua" that has been developing such a 3D solution for real time systems. I have seen a few samples and the result is surprisingly really good. Has anyone else heard of them?? E

David Eaves

07/23/2009 08:47 am

Your on CNET Barry congrats.

Jeff Cools

08/07/2009 09:09 pm

It's wonderfull to see youtube get involved in stereoscopic 3D. Hollywood is pushing 3D movies in the theatres and now we can also enjoy 3D at home. We've been shooting and editing 3D for a few years now and our clients really like it. Congrats.

3d is very cool

09/11/2009 01:48 am

Thanks for the information about this. So now I have to wear 3d glasses to watch Youtube!!!

No Name

11/12/2009 01:37 am

Sorry, but i dont understand fully. What 3d on Youtube? :D

No Name

09/01/2010 02:34 pm

The bad thing, is that you can't embed those video, i hope that will be fixed soon. I have embed most of the stereoscopic 3d, anaglyph video on my website, more than 900 videos( But i am hoping do do the same with the one with this option soon.


12/23/2010 03:33 pm

OK..this gives me something to work with. I do repwork for LED 3D TV and I am trying to find streaming 3D content as an extra value/feature to our Netcasting TV's when I demo it for the customer. So far, none of the youtube side-by-side videos have not worked for me..but I think I've gotten a better handle on things I can try now thanks to this and one or two other articles.

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03/09/2011 04:22 pm

It's a great concept, but will every person in the world have to buy 3D glasses to enjoy this?

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