YouTube has confirmed the rumours that it is going 3D by releasing an instructional video an a 3D page for users to better understand what 3D is all about.
"First there was 1953's 3D thriller "House of Wax," then there was the Michael Jackson adventure "Captain EO," and this summer there are at least three major motion pictures in 3D", says Peter Bradshaw, Software Engineer at Google in a post on the YouTube blog.
Although the engineer says that many of the "kinks are still being worked out", you can't yet embed 3D videos at the moment for example, the site is hoping that the mass of video makers using the service will be able to act as guinea pigs in creating a better service.
YouTube is asking videographers to tag 3D videos with yt3d:enable=true, and leave the link in a comment on the YouTube blog.
YouTube is kicking off the new feature with some tips for would be 3D videographers on some basics around shooting 3D videos (this isn't easy, so patience is key):
- Use two cameras arranged like a pair of eyes.
- Start both cameras recording simultaneously.
- In your video editing program, place the footage for the left and right eyes together in the frame side by side, with the right eye on the left and the left eye on the right.
- Upload your video! Edit your videos tags and add yt3d:enable=true. If video is widescreen, add yt3d:aspect=16:9 too.