Last year YouTube has introduced a new function allowing users to upload 2D videos and then have them autoconverted from 2D to 3D by YouTube and today this beta functionality has been further expanded. Now every user can select to see an automatic 2D to 3D conversion for short-form videos uploaded in 1080p resolutions, there is no more need for the owner of the clip to select that he wants it autoconverted.
You can activate the 2D-to-3D autoconversion feature by clicking on the Options icon (the one with a gear) in the player and then clicking on the 3D button that will appear on the left. When you activate the 3D autoconversion feature of YouTube you will be able to select from less available resolutions up to 720p. It seems that the 3D button does not yet appear on all 1080p videos, so it may take some time, but you can test with the embedded YouTube video above – it already works. It is a quite different thing however how good the autoconversion to 3D is, it may work well on some videos and not that good on others, so if you are interested you can experiment with multiple videos.
Maingear is the next company to announce a high-end 17-inch 3D-capable gaming laptop with support for 3D Vision that you can customize, similar to what Origin PC has recently done with their EON17-X3D 3D Vision Gaming Laptop. And much like the Origin PC’s solution, Maingear also uses the same bulky desktop replacement chassis made by Clevo – the Clevo P270WM, but the new thing here is that you can build the system to use the recently announced GeForce GTX 675M GPU – single or dual cards in SLI. Have in mind though that the GTX 675M is not based on the new Nvidia Kepler architecture and is not produced using the 28nm process, it is just a new revision of the Fermi architecture and the basic specifications are pretty much the same as the ones of GTX 580M. Alternatively you can go for a NVIDIA Quadro 5010M, but that will add quite a lot to the price and it is not an available option for the 3D model. You can of course decide if you want to get the 120Hz 3D-capable Full HD display or stick with a 60Hz model, the 120Hz is required if you plan on being able to play games in stereo 3D mode though and you can add a pair of 3D Vision 2 glasses. The minimum price you’d have to pay for a 3D-capable Maingear Titan 17 system with a pair of 3D vision glasses is $2878 USD with a single GTX 675M and the estimated shipping date is currently set for 4/29/2012 if you order it now.
Nvidia has added the new functionality to upload not only user made stereo 3D photos, but also user made 3D videos in the 3DVisionLive community without needing to have your own channel or having your videos pre-approved by Nvidia. There are of course some rules you will need to comply with when uploading your videos, so check them out here, and you can upload videos with a maximum size of 1024MB (1GB) or 5 minutes in length. They need to be in MP4 file format. Have in mind though that there are separate registrations required for uploading 3D photos and 3D videos on the 3DVisionLive, so you may have to make a new registration if you were only uploading 3D photos so far.
I did a quick test uploading a short 3D Video shot with the LG Optimus 3D smartphone – 720p Side by Side with half horizontal resolution and it was ready and available, although it seems I’m having some trouble playing it. The user uploaded videos use a different player than the standard 3D videos already available, and currently I seem to be getting only black screen with it, while the other 3D videos are playing just fine. The player does have an option to play the video in Anaglyph, Side by Side or 3D Vision mode, so you may be able to watch videos even on 3D HDTV or a normal PC without 3D Vision on it. And if you don’t like the end result after the video is available online you have the option to delete it, so go ahead and try uploading your 3D videos now.