YouTube is now making it easier than ever to upload, edit, and create 3D videos. Although best when captured with a 3D camera, YouTube can now convert any standard 2D video into 3D with its conversion tool. You’ll find this tool by selecting “Edit Info”, then “3D Video” on a video you’ve uploaded allowing you to transform it into a 3D movie clip.
Its amazing to think of YouTube as a place we can now go to for 3D content, as most of us don’t even own a single 3D display device. Most 3D devices will still require 3D glasses, however, some glasses-free 3D products are making their way into the market from companies like Toshiba. Regardless of what 3D device your using, if it has an internet connection YouTube will quickly become a premiere destination as an online 3D media library.
To convert a video to 3D:
- Log into your YouTube account
- Go to your video once it’s been uploaded
- Click on Edit Info above the video
- Select 3D Video on the right hand side of the banner
- Choose a frame and then check the Enable 3D conversion for this video checkbox. Save the settings and check back after a few minutes.
Check out Bondi skateboarding in 3D below:
Just as high-definition media has replaced standard-definition, there’s no doubt in my mind that 3D media will take over 2D. 3D movies are taking off in the the theaters, tons of 3D TVs are being manufactured, 3D laptops are on the market and talk about glasses-free 3D electronics is already in the works. Its the next, natural progression in media technology. Personally, I can’t wait to watch glasses-free 3D media on TV.
Another feature announced on the Official YouTube Blog Wednesday allows users to upload videos longer than the traditional 15-minute mark. Users must have their account verified in order to qualify for longer video uploads. Its not certain exactly how much longer videos can be, but it’s not likely YouTube will allow anything longer than an hour.
Two additional video editing/creation platforms were added to youtube.com/create including Vlix and Magisto. Magisto can automatically take an un-edited video and transform it into short, edited clips. Vlix lets you spice up the intro to your video by adding tons of text and transition effects. These extra web apps provide an easy way to edit and create your movies after uploading them to YouTube, however, any advanced editing should be done with a program like Adobe Premiere before uploading the video.