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How to Watch Streaming YouTube 3D Clips Directly with 3D Vision

July 11th, 2010 · 34 Comments · Other S3D Tech

YouTube is becoming one of the main sources for sharing stereo 3D video and for finding such, although the quality is not usually the best, the general lack of 3D content and the popularity of YouTube make it the ideal place for that. The YouTube 3D functionality that was introduced some time ago was nice addition, but it still does not work with 3D Vision and you cannot watch the 3D videos in 3D directly from YouTube’s website. Normally the solution would be to use some sort of a service of software in order to download the clip on your computer and then open it with the 3D Vision Video Player or the Stereoscopic Player, but not anymore…

Thanks to the reader ReMichael we now have an alternative solution that allows to easily get the direct link to watch the streaming video in 3D directly from the 3D Vision Video Player or the Stereoscopic Player by using the Open URL function of these programs and pasting the link you get. The solution is in the form of a simple Bookmarklet that you can use when you open a YouTube video page to get the correct link you need to copy and paste into the video player software.

How to use the bookmarklet

1. Right-click on the following link and save it to your bookmarks: Youtube 3D Links.
2. Go to a YouTube video page with a 3D clip.
3. Click the Youtube 3D Links button from your Bookmarks toolbar/list.
4. Copy a link from the list which should now appear (they have different quality).
5. Open the 3D Video Player, click File / Open URL and paste the URL there.
6. Select the right 3D video format depending on the source.
7. Enjoy the video in 3D.

You should be careful when selecting the right format for the video you are opening, as choosing the wrong settings might make the video not look so good. Most of the current videos that are up to 1080p are in Side by Side format and you need to select 16:9 aspect ratio. For the videos in 3D that are available in Original format usually the default aspect ratio is Ok, as they are should not be squashed, but even if you select 16:9 you will not have trouble with the aspect ratio as it is really 16:9 and will not be changed.

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34 responses so far ↓

  • 1 Nicola // Jul 11, 2010 at 21:34

    Hi bloody, you said “select the right 3D video format depending on the source”, but i don’t understand….
    aren’t youtube videos only in anaglyph mode?

    anyway the “Youtube 3D Links” doesn’t work for me, i guess it’s because i’m using Linux and there are some problems, i’ll try Windows 7 later…

  • 2 ReMichael // Jul 11, 2010 at 21:48

    Your OS does not matter for the bookmarklet, it should work everywhere but I only tested with Firefox and Safari. What browser are you using?

  • 3 ReMichael // Jul 11, 2010 at 22:01

    it would be better if you don’t mirror the javascript file because this way I can’t provide updates.

  • 4 Bloody // Jul 11, 2010 at 22:01

    There are some videos directly being uploaded in anaglyph format to YouTube, but now most of them are in Side by Side format and the 3D functionality of the player takes care how to visualize them.

  • 5 Daniel Joy // Jul 11, 2010 at 22:04

    links did not work for me with firefox either. with some playing around i finally got them to display.

    the sterio player gives me an error! here is the part of the log- i can post the whole thing if it helps;
    Stereoscopic Player (unregistered) Error Log


    Error: Stereoscopic Player was not able to play this URL!
    Reason: Could not render all streams. Maybe a codec necessary to play this file is not installed!
    Filename: http://youtube.com/get_video?video_id=5ANcspdYh_U&t=vjVQa1PpcFPxmwUk8x8kCdhrDQBPC9uBXrc8SvOR2bA%3D&fmt=18
    Player Version: 1.6.2
    Windows Version: Windows 7 (6.1 Build 7600)
    DirectX Version: 10.0
    Graph: http://youtube.com/get_video?video_id=5ANcspdYh_U&t=vjVQa1PpcFPxmwUk8x8kCdhrDQBPC9uBXrc8SvOR2bA%3D&fmt=18 (Output not connected)

  • 6 Bloody // Jul 11, 2010 at 22:09

    You probably have no codec installed to handle the MP4 files with H.264 compression, try installing a codec pack like K-lite or directly FFDshow and the problem should be gone…

  • 7 ReMichael // Jul 12, 2010 at 01:38

    I just updated the bookmarklet.
    – Removed the HD-link on non-HD videos.
    – Added new links
    – Code improved
    – Style improved (if you can call it style…)

    I hope this is helpfull.

  • 8 chris // Jul 12, 2010 at 10:13

    Awesome news, hopefully its not too long before its possible to play youtube videos in 3dfrom your browser

  • 9 ReMichael // Jul 12, 2010 at 13:16

    @chris Streaming Video with nVidia Vision is already possible with Silverlight. YouTube uses flash, noone knows if it will be possible with flash soon.

    @Bloody updated it again. This time please don’t mirror it again, I don’t want to report every small change here.
    Btw: Why did you change &fmt=5 to &fmt=6 in your copy? 5 is the right one, 6 doesn’t even work. (or do you know a video which needs fmt=6? Then I can look into it).

  • 10 Bloody // Jul 12, 2010 at 13:40

    Ok, I’ll report errors etc. here from now on then.

    fmt=5 has lower quality than fmt=6, both however are a bit useless as their quality is quite low for watching at full screen. So it would be best to leave only 22, 34, 35, 37 and 38…

    Also the code for the youtube player needs to be modified to add wmode=”opaque” option, so that the booklet window can be overlayed on top of the video instead of being hidden below the player window.

  • 11 TheFirstKnight // Jul 12, 2010 at 16:44

    wonderful ,it’s worked
    thanks a lot

  • 12 Nicola // Jul 12, 2010 at 16:56

    @Michael. I’m using Firefox 3.6.6 on Ubuntu 10.4.

    I don’t understand how this works, if i click on the link, “Youtube 3D Links” i just get a blank page….
    If a do that from a YouTube video page with a 3D clip i just get the same blank page…

  • 13 Wikibear // Jul 12, 2010 at 23:26

    @ReMichael Thanks for this nice tool! Love it. Great work.

  • 14 Richard Long // Jul 13, 2010 at 01:50

    ReMichael, you are a gem for doing this for all the 3D vision fans out there.

    For anyone that might be having a problem playing some of the videos, try checking the decoder settings in the vision player.

  • 15 Nicola // Jul 13, 2010 at 15:12

    I’m trying with internet explorer this time, but when i click on the link nothing happens…not even the blank page…X_X

  • 16 Nicola // Jul 13, 2010 at 19:13

    i think it works for me on firefox now….although i have to test it with glasses…

  • 17 Akom666 // Jul 15, 2010 at 11:48

    Hi, what it’s the youtube link for the fist screencap of the post???

  • 18 Bloody // Jul 15, 2010 at 12:53


  • 19 Steven // Jul 18, 2010 at 01:34

    OK this is really geting to my last nervs. i dont understand what to do…. but ever time i add a link to the url on the nvidia player thing it says i cant watch it. i tried installing and settign up the codes thingys but no luck. But i tried the whole thing : Youtube 3D Links. it just made my screen go like in 3d i guess. but no luck i am not fallowing you please pelase help me! asap!

  • 20 Caio // Jul 24, 2010 at 11:32

    mine 3d vision player dont have an open URL option! at least i dont find it.

  • 21 Bloody // Jul 24, 2010 at 12:32

    Caio, make sure you have the latest version installed – 1.5.5a.

    It seems that there are some changes done by YouTube, so the links returned by the script do not work, wait for ReMichael to update it.

  • 22 ReMichael // Jul 27, 2010 at 05:13

    Bookmarklet updated – should be working again now.
    It would be great if someone tests all links on a 4K movie. I had no problem.

  • 23 Bloody // Jul 27, 2010 at 09:29

    Thanks, it is working fine now with all links – up to 4K with the Original resolution.

  • 24 Spyder // Jul 28, 2010 at 06:13

    I using the NetVideoHunter Firefox addon https://addons.mozilla.org/hu/firefox/addon/7447/ to download the 3d videos from YouTube and it works on other sites too. For example there are a few 3d videos on Vimeo too: http://vimeo.com/videos/search:3d%20side-by-side/e8161373 and i was able to download them with this addon.

  • 25 Jeanyes // Sep 29, 2010 at 23:58

    Thanks Spyder for the addon link. I was not able to get the java app to work but the Firefox addon worked like a charm. It’s actually much better to have the file locally for future viewing even if I could have gotten the java app to work.

  • 26 benoit // Oct 5, 2010 at 10:54

    unlucky the remichael website doesn’t work anymore ? an idea where to find the same script ?

  • 27 Joe // Oct 9, 2010 at 06:26

    The remichael website is down! Does anyone have the yt3d.js script?

  • 28 Benoit Michel // Oct 19, 2010 at 23:35

    The bookmarklet is still a alive in the Google cache here :


    at least for now…..

  • 29 Bloody // Oct 20, 2010 at 00:01

    This is the bookmarklet only and not the script itself…

  • 30 Sentienel // Nov 26, 2010 at 21:53

    Because the script is not available any more, I searched and found another way to watch youtube 3D videos:

    This solution only works with Firefox, because you have to install a plugin, called Greasemonkey: https://addons.mozilla.org/en-US/firefox/addon/748/

    The following script will allow you to run user created javascripts, to change webpages. The script you need to download youtube videos is: http://userscripts.org/scripts/show/33836
    Click the ‘Install’ button at the top of the screen and accept the installation.
    Every youtube page will now display a download option below the video. Select the format you want and copy the download link (Use ‘Copy Link Location’ instead of ‘Save Link As’). Past the link in the player as described in the article.
    Good luck!

  • 31 jacob pederson // Jan 23, 2011 at 19:31

    Since youtube is constantly fighting these download scripts, you’ll have to look up the latest script just about every week to keep up with them; however, they do work gangbusters for watching youtube 3d in a decent format :)

    this one worked for me, although I had to use “open with” 3dvision player, rather than opening the URL directly.

  • 32 Tiago Moreira // Feb 4, 2011 at 01:20

    I did what you sayd here and de Bookmarklet doesn’t work… I choose a Youtube 3D Video, click on the mookmarklet and nothing apeears! :s

  • 33 Carie // Apr 9, 2011 at 03:48

    The bookmarklet doesn’t work anymore. Something has probably changed.

  • 34 theolbap // May 5, 2011 at 14:37

    this is for Nvidia 3D Vision Video Player
    I need to Stereoscopic Player 1.7.1 and does not work (Error: Stereoscopic Player was not able to play this URL!) I have installed all the k-lite codec and ffdshow .
    any ideas? ty

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