YouTube Now Includes One-Click 3D Conversion Feature
A new conversion kit is now available that would help viewers to convert YouTube content to 3D. The beta software has now been released officially across Google’s YouTube sites. To convert the content to 3D, all users have to do is click the button that is labeled for the same on the site.
Google spokesperson mentioned the ability of its users to become their own 3D filmmakers now. In the words of YouTube spokesperson Matt McLernon, “In the same way we made editing features available. We want a way to give editors and users more tools.”
The technology that Google has used for this conversion is to take the data that is held in a monoscopic video, such as color, the spatial layout and motion. From this data an algorithm helps build a depth map of the content. This is further mixed with the original frame of the video and the left and right eye image is created. For viewers though, the task is only to click the 3D version button to see the magic work for them.
The LA times however writes that the effect created on the screen could end up with the viewer going cross eyed. This is so, for no user would have 3D viewing glasses in their office space.
The Google site however also gives the option for viewing the 3D converted image without glasses. One of them is viewing it cross eyes which the LA times commented upon. The other options are parallel and mirror split options.
For those who have 3D viewing glasses of different make and variety, once again the site offers many fine tuning options which need to be tried out for best effects. For those who wish to convert their own self created video content to 3D, the option is the same. They have to upload the video to the Google site and hit the convert to 3D button. Rest would be done by the Google site and software. For content that has been shot in 3D format itself originally, there is no need to covert to 2D and then uploading. One can directly upload to YouTube.
As per McLernon the best experience of watching YouTube with this Magic 3D conversion feature is on the desktops. YouTube as of now is the leader of HD content so far as video content goes on the net, now they would claim the same for 3D also.