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Hands On With YouTube 2D-to-3D Conversion

[PC Mag]

Just as the excitement around the latest crop of 3D movies in theaters has started to wane, YouTube has come out with new tools that convert your video from boring old 2D to exciting new 3D. …

Converting 2D Video to 3D
The YouTube blog claims that converting your 2D video to 3D is a simple matter of a “click of a button.” …

After about 15 minutes, my 11-second test video got this new 3D button on its YouTube player window. There wasn’t much 3D effect in the result. A 21-second video with more 3D potential took about 40 minutes to convert. But oddly, the video still occasionally reported that the conversion wasn’t complete. But this second test, in which I moved a pencil in and out from the camera, showed a lot more 3D effect.

A 3D Options menu let me choose among red/cyan, green/magenta, blue/yellow, interleaved, side-by-side, no glasses, or HTML5 stereo view—pretty complete for today’s 3D viewing. But the last isn’t an option for your YouTube 2D-to-3D conversions. It also means the effect won’t work on Nvidia 3DVision and 3D mobile phones. This is unfortunate, since you can get a much better 3D immersive experience with that, though you may suffer some vertigo.

In the end, I’d characterize YouTube’s 2D-to-3D conversion as much better than the earlier attempts we saw a year ago, but not quite at the level of CyberLink PowerDVD’s.

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