YouTube adds automatic 3D conversion for videos uploaded in 1080p

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The YouTube 3D converter has now gone live for all users. With this attribute shedding its beta tag, anyone will be able to automatically transform short-form videos and view them in a new dimension when uploaded in full HD 1080p resolutions.

Here’s how it’s done – to deliver third dimensional visuals, the conversion technology utilized by the online video hosting service first creates a blend of different characteristics like color, spatial layout and motion. This is carried out to derive an estimate depth map, and further combined with the original monoscopic frame, to develop a stereo 3D left-right pair.

“Last year we kicked off a beta feature that let creators convert YouTube videos into 3D with a click, and since then you’ve converted hundreds of thousands of your videos to 3D. Today we’re expanding the beta to all of you by adding automatic 3D conversion for short-form videos uploaded in 1080p. Meaning, you can select 3D viewing in the Quality settings (click on the gear icon) on the YouTube player, then pop on your 3D glasses and see YouTube in another dimension,” reads a post on the official YouTube blog.

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The beta version of this feature was released back in September of 2011. It allowed users to conveniently convert 2D visuals into 3D with a simple click of a button, once uploaded. To watch a video in this mode, all viewers have to do is click on the 3D button when displayed on the lower end of the player’s interface. Various setting tweaks and adjustments can be executed once this attribute is activated.

To view YouTube videos in 3D, users can select between different options like Red/Cyan, Green/Magenta and Blue/Yellow glasses or side by side and HTML5 stereo views.