YouTube Now Lets You Turn Your 2D Videos Into 3D Videos

By Megan O'Neill 

Today YouTube is announcing a cool new feature that literally lets you convert your 2D YouTube videos into 3D videos automatically.  The 2D to 3D conversion feature was released in beta last September but today it’s being rolled out to everyone.

Deb Mukherjee and Chen Wu write on the YouTube blog, “Today we’re… 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.”  Pretty cool, eh?

Check out the example below (if you don’t have 3D glasses you can watch while crossing your eyes slightly—seriously!) and then read on to find out more.

So how does it work?  Mukherjee and Wu explain that the conversion technology uses a number of techniques.  They look at different video characteristics such as color, motion and special layout and use this information to create a stereo 3D left-right pair from the monoscopic frame.  While the results aren’t quite as good as those you’d get using a 3D camera, it’s still a pretty cool way to watch your YouTube videos.

Will you be using YouTube’s new 2D to 3D conversion feature for your 1080p videos?

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Megan O’Neill is the resident web video enthusiast here at Social Times.  Megan covers everything from the latest viral videos to online video news and tips, and has a passion for bizarre, original and revolutionary content and ideas.