Posted July 20, 2009 11:26 am by with 7 comments

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Google is still letting its employees play with their 20% time, as evidenced by the newest YouTube project spotted: three dimensional video. Pete, the Googler behind this, confirmed this in a YouTube Help thread, saying that the project is “currently very early.”

youtube3d test from seroundtable

Pete says the current tags in the project are:

  • yt3d:enable=true Enables the view mode.
  • 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.[sic]
  • 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.

What do you think? Is this just a fun project without a practical application, or is there a future in 3D video marketing?

  • Now this is rather cool indeed! It’s similar to advancing to RL to VL in gaming scenarios – at least the spirit behind the idea seems to be.

    I’ll be watching this development for certain.

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  • JD

    3D Video Marketing…

    Nah, there is too much friction. I have trouble finding my Sunglasses and attention spans are getting shorter.

    I want Frank Kern to make 2 minute videos other I am not going to watch him goofing off on a rocket powered wind surfer in 3D for 2 hours before he tells me what could have been written on a wet t-shirt!.

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  • Cool indeed! lets see who this takes on in the viral marketing scenario 🙂

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  • It can really takeoff well if Google plays it right. I am just thinking aloud – can Youtube start selling those 3D glasses as well. If I am a fan of 3D movies, I would not mind buying one – from Youtube!

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  • yay! maybe i’ll get to watch Michael Jackson and relive the Captain EO experience once again!

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  • Frank is great and I have read alot about him. His ideas are amazing!

  • Cool

    Hey Guys,

    I know of an Israeli Company named “Taatua” that has been transforming 2D movies into 3D
    I have seen a few samples and the result is surprisingly really good.
    Has anyone else heard of them??

    you can check them out here