All 1080P Youtube Videos Now 3DEvery single Youtube video available at 1080P is now also available in 3D. Yes, even if you didn’t shoot the video in 3D.
Last September Youtube began offering a one-click tool for converting videos into 3D. It let anyone uploading 1080P videos make their videos 3D. Apparently Google got enough feedback from that pilot program, however, to go to a full-scale deployment.
Google, like many movies, relies on software conversion to 3D. But unlike films, they have automated the process. Using advanced machine learning algorithms, Google leverages the strength of its cloud to figure out how far every object in a video is. The process isn’t perfect, but it’s getting better every day.
Of course, the problem with 3D at the moment is that you still need to have some way to view it. And as far as 3D has come, compelling glasses-free 3D still isn’t here. So right now the only way to view the new 3D videos is using those silly dual-color glasse that you used to wear when you visited the science museum or to cross your eyes. But that is all a matter of display technology. Once it is there, there will be a library of Youtube videos ready for viewing. And that might just give Youtube a leg up over its competition.
Youtube talked up how difficult this project actually was, and it’s not hard to see why. An hour of video is uploaded to Youtube every second. That means, in the course of a day, 86,400 hours of video are uploaded. That’s the equivalent of 9 years of straight video. Every. Single. Day. Granted, only a small fraction of that is in 1080P. But even a small fraction is still an incredible amount of video that most of us couldn’t dream of. Google’s backend managed to handle the task with, if not ease, then grace.
You can learn more on Youtube’s official post.