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Watch YouTube 3D Videos with 3D Vision Directly From the Browser

May 26th, 2011 · 47 Comments · GeForce 3D Vision

Do you know that with the help of HTML5 you can now watch the stereoscopic 3D videos available on YouTube with 3D Vision directly from your browser, but for that to work you would need not only to have a 3D Vision PC, but also to use the latest Mozilla FireFox 4 browser as well as to update to the latest beta GeForce Driver 275.27. It seems that currently only Firefox 4 is being supported, but other browsers will most likely soon follow and HTML5 opens the doors not only for 3D Vision, but for streaming in other 3D formats as well. The biggest problem is that currently the vast majority of users still use older browsers that still don’t have support for HTML5, but the 3D video streaming option is a good thing to make you do the update… at least for me. And with the new iframe embedding code for YouTube videos you are able to embed 3D videos on your website as well that can be viewed directly through the browser in 3D with 3D Vision if the visitor is using Firefox 4. When you open a 3D video from YouTube just click on the 3D control, select “other options…” and use the “HTML5 Stereo View (including NVIDIA 3D Vision)” to watch the YouTube 3D video in stereo 3D inside your browser. If you are having trouble and it is not working, make sure you are using the latest FireFox 4 browser as well as that you have installed the latest 275.27 beta drivers on your 3D Vision-ready system. Here is an HTML5 YouTube 3D test video to try with that should work just fine.

Aside from the YouTube 3D support for 3D Vision with HTML5, Nvidia has also made available a short 3D Streaming with HTML5 instructions as well as some simple Javascript code that you may immediately use to implement HTML5 3D Vision streaming on your website. This comes as an addition to the already made available 3D Streaming with Silverlight from last month, so now you may have more options to provide 3D video streaming off your website.

For more information about the HTML5 3D video streaming with 3D Vision…

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47 responses so far ↓

  • 1 LoneThread // May 26, 2011 at 16:25

    Firefox 4 supporting HTML5: √
    3D Vision: √
    Latest Beta Driver Installed: √
    Selected HTML5 3D Vision on YouTube 3D Setup: √

    Does it work: NO

    I just get Side By Side Output

  • 2 Karakth // May 26, 2011 at 17:03

    Same problem as LoneThread.

    Also guys don’t forget to uninstall your old 3D Vision drivers after installing the Beta drivers or the 3D vision will not work…

  • 3 Bloody // May 26, 2011 at 17:59

    What do you get when you open this page:


  • 4 Andrew Fear // May 26, 2011 at 18:19


    For the user getting side/side do you have SLI? Please try disabling SLI and doing it again.

  • 5 Karakth // May 26, 2011 at 19:22

    No SLI, and the html5 detection gives the all-clear.

  • 6 ace // May 26, 2011 at 19:22

    i just copypasta, it’s the same :( typical nvidia release – it works in our lab, let’s release it! bah :(

    Firefox 4 supporting HTML5: √
    3D Vision: √
    Latest Beta Driver Installed: √
    Selected HTML5 3D Vision on YouTube 3D Setup: √

    Does it work: NO

    I just get Side By Side Output

    at http://www.3dvisionlive.com/3dv-html5-detection i got everything green

  • 7 LoneThread // May 26, 2011 at 20:02

    @Bloody, on that page I get the following

    Browser Version Check – Firefox 4 or above detected.
    Hardware Check – NVIDIA driver installed and stereo enabled.

    @Andrew Fear, I only have a 460GTX so no SLI.

    Also I find it shocking that only Firefox 4 is supported, almost every other browser supports HTML5 as well!

  • 8 steve // May 26, 2011 at 20:36

    Same problem here. I use firefox portable so i made sure i had the very latest plugin copied into the necessary folder. All mets requirements too :/

  • 9 Arioch // May 26, 2011 at 21:22

    Doesn’t work for me either. I disabled SLI and passed the HTML check. I am current on 275.27 drivers and using Firefox 4.0.1.

  • 10 Patrick Beaulieu @ NVIDIA // May 26, 2011 at 21:28

    Firefox is the first implementation… there will be support for other HTML5-ready browsers in the future.

    BTW, please note that YouTube 3D videos with embedded advertisement are not available in HTML5 format yet… you can refer to the YouTube 3D section on 3DVisionLive.com for a good list of advertisement-free 3D clips to watch!

    This is still in beta, so please make sure to report any feedback to the 3DVisionLive section in the NVIDIA Forums (http://forums.nvidia.com/index.php?showforum=248)

  • 11 Andrew Fear // May 26, 2011 at 21:35

    Hi All

    Can you read some of our debug steps here?

  • 12 SealedSun // May 26, 2011 at 21:55

    Same here, pass all the tests. YouTube does indeed play the vidoe in a via HTML5, but it’s just side-by-side.

  • 13 Rach (the frenchy) // May 26, 2011 at 22:45

    Movies have also to be converted in HTML5 format (.webm) and that’s not the case for all 3D movies
    (sorry for my english :p)

  • 14 Karakth // May 27, 2011 at 01:46

    I just wanted to add that viewing the 3D videos uploaded on 3DVisionLive.com works excellently (embedded), it’s the youtube videos which keep appearing in side-by-side format.

  • 15 jimmy3d // May 27, 2011 at 03:13

    Doesn’t work for me either :(

  • 16 zeroyon // May 27, 2011 at 10:10

    Works for me! It works on every 3D video I’ve tried out of dozens just now on Youtube.

    Note that I uninstalled my old Nvidia drivers completely (Graphics Driver, 3D Vision Driver, and 3D Vision controller driver), restarted, then installed the new beta drivers, restarted, and it worked perfectly.

    This is sooooo much better than having to manually download or stream all of them into an external player! Thanks!

  • 17 zeroyon // May 27, 2011 at 10:38

    One major problem though is that some videos have the right and left images swapped because the user uploaded it that way, so the 3D is all inverted.

    With sView I can just use a hotkey to swap them, but there obviously is no hotkey to swap left and right images in 3d videos in firefox (or is there?)…. Also, you can’t seem to change it on the youtube 3D settings page like you can with side-by-side mode…

    Another problem is the 3D glasses don’t turn off when you leave youtube, so you have to use ctrl+t every time (which isn’t THAT much of a problem).

  • 18 Karakth // May 27, 2011 at 11:18

    I don’t have time right now to reinstall the drivers but I’ll give it a go later. Thanks for the tip zeroyon!

  • 19 kingsmeadow // May 27, 2011 at 13:51

    I did a complete re-install and it still does not work.

    All photos and videos on the nVidia site work perfectly.

    I used Firefox 4.01 .

    I also used Chrome 11.0.696.71 and it will show the photos and the video but not Youtube because it claims it is not compatible !”

    Another point..Nvidia suggest to set the 3D window setting as per this “””
    2. On some PC’s the NV control panel may be set to the wrong Windowed mode option. Ensure the dropdown labeled: “select when the display is in 3D mode” is set to “only while 3D programs run”

    I don’t have such a setting..does anyone else.???

  • 20 Karakth // May 27, 2011 at 14:52

    I couldn’t find the settings either.

  • 21 Ricardo Magioni // May 27, 2011 at 15:15

    Everything is ok on my configuration, HTML5 on apears side by side. Nvision seans to not work properly under Firefox 4, HTML 5 etc.. etc..

  • 22 Bloody // May 27, 2011 at 15:32

    Try with the video linked in the post above first and then with others…

  • 23 Will Pitts // May 27, 2011 at 16:21

    Okay, listen. When I first tried it, it didn’t work. After a hard reboot, and then me switching the power supply off because my shitty Windows 7 install wouldn’t load the logon screen, it works perfectly now.

  • 24 amd m4a78lt-m // May 27, 2011 at 17:01

    On some PC’s the NV control panel may be set to the wrong Windowed mode option. Ensure the dropdown labeled: “select when the display is in 3D mode” is set to “only while 3D programs run”

    I don’t have such a setting either (275.27 beta)!

  • 25 Ricardo Magioni // May 27, 2011 at 19:14

    have Windows7-64, Firefox4 – HTML5, 275.27 beta, everything is green on “You tube in 3D vision”, photos, videos on window mode works perfectly. You tube I although HTML 5 (I see by clicking mouse right), I only see “stereo” on 3D button but dual stereo image. It seems that 3D Vision somehow is not “combining” the movies and auctioning the glasses… rare, also when I get out of Firefox, computer behaviors like it was on 3D Vision mode …. But it doesn´t work.. Must be a bug or not mentioned extra configuration someone will find out. Even on nVidea 3D VISION site, I can see all photos and videos on windows mode, but youtube 3D nothing….

  • 26 amd m4a78lt-m // May 27, 2011 at 19:53

    @Ricardo Magioni: Just imagine the 3D… This is an illusive 3D Vision feature only for very few with undocumented PCs!

  • 27 Ricardo Magioni // May 28, 2011 at 00:45

    I found the my problem, windows 7 must be in “AERO” themes! Otherwise youtube 3D won’t work …

  • 28 MikeArms24 // May 28, 2011 at 01:02

    Wow, this is huge news. thanks for the update Bloody, can’t wait to see all the 3d content available on youtube. Finally a great use for HTML5 presents itself

  • 29 zeroyon // May 28, 2011 at 01:12

    Good to see some have resolved their problems with 3D not working on youtube!

    Anyone know of a solution to the inverted video problem on youtube due to right and left pictures being swapped? Or will we just have to wait until they add a “Swap (right-left)” option on the 3D button like for the other 3D modes?
    Anyone else experiencing this problem or just me?

  • 30 MikeArms24 // May 28, 2011 at 04:46

    @Andrew and Patrick Tried this when I got home and everything worked perfectly on my Acer HN274H. Can’t wait to see some 3DTV Play support as well for TVs. Any word on that?


  • 31 StarKnight // May 28, 2011 at 08:58

    To make it work:
    – Use Windows 7 (32 or 64)
    – Use Firefox 4 and the latest Nvidia beta driver
    – Use one of the AEREO themes (AEREO MUST BE ON!!!)
    – Disable multi GPU on Nvidia Control Panel (SLI IS NOT SUPPORTED)
    – YouTube videos with advertising are not supported yet
    – Wath videos on main YouTube page (channels do not support 3D)

    That’s all.

  • 32 jimmy3d // May 28, 2011 at 13:19

    ok, after following all the advice on this thread finally got mine working!!…thanks everyone and thanks nVidia and Youtube!

  • 33 zeroyon // May 29, 2011 at 03:29

    I just realized that you can only view up to 720p with HTML 5 on youtube, even if a 1080p version of that video exists. That sucks :(

    Has youtube given a timeframe for when they will add 1080p support?

  • 34 Armand R // May 29, 2011 at 04:33

    doesnt work on my laptop (5745dg)
    everything seems to install and when i go and do a test it still says i dont have the beta driver installed…that and i dont see 3d anymore anywhere and cannot see my usual spot to setup the 3d display the begin with

  • 35 amd m4a78lt-m // May 29, 2011 at 08:02

    trick: uninstall 3D Vision driver 275.27 then reinstall (from elevated cmd prompt). Now it works! No need to uninstall/reinstall the whole driver components. You can find the 3D Vision 275.27 package inside the main driver.

  • 36 Wikibear // May 29, 2011 at 12:50

    The badest thing all videos are not well in ratio. They must stretch in height all videos for well ratio of video. My eyes starts hurt if the ratio is wrong, ’cause the 3D effect is very bad. Is there a solution for this or is this a big bug?

  • 37 rahu // May 29, 2011 at 13:31

    How can i add similar feature on my website?

  • 38 kingsmeadow // May 29, 2011 at 15:13

    I can also confirm it works with AERO turned on and NO SLI.

    First time I have seen streaming 3D in full screen…WOW !

  • 39 Foetus // May 29, 2011 at 17:22

    I just got it working with Firefox v5… Tried EVERYTHING everyone suggested except for uninstalling/reinstalling the drivers. Finally did that, and it worked.

  • 40 Saaqib // May 30, 2011 at 14:11

    @Foetus – uninstalling and reinstalling worked for me too

  • 41 Mike // Oct 12, 2011 at 11:57

    Why doesnt it work in vista?. the system requirements page says Vista or windows 7, but when I try and view a movie its says ‘windows 7 or higher required’.
    Im using 266.58 drivers, because my (2009) emmitter doesnt work with the higher drivers.
    Please dont tell me I need to buy a new emmitter? or upgrade to windows 7 before I can view youtube 3d vids?

  • 42 Michael // Nov 12, 2011 at 03:30

    It SOOOO does not work, I have everything in order with the NEWEST drivers and NOTHING! :(

  • 43 Jiminy // Nov 18, 2011 at 12:27

    New Laptop with Nvidia 3D vision glasses in June.
    Uninstalled, reinstalled, clean-installed, tried beta drivers, nothing.

  • 44 Jiminy // Mar 23, 2012 at 10:12

    Driver v 296.10
    Firefox 11
    AGAIN Uninstalled, reinstalled, clean-installed, tried beta drivers, nothing.

  • 45 Spyro // Sep 22, 2013 at 22:29

    You do not have Aero currently enabled

  • 46 Watman // Sep 27, 2013 at 19:07

    I’ve done everything everyone suggested.

    Firefox 4 supporting HTML5: √
    3D Vision: √
    Latest Driver Installed: √
    Selected HTML5 3D Vision: √
    Theme Aero: √
    Reinstalled all drivers multiple times: √

    Youtube shows it in side by side even when I’m in HTML 5 STEREO!

  • 47 Cmore // Apr 11, 2015 at 02:35

    Yeah, I was just trying 3D nvision videos again for the first time in a while and it’s not working for me. Currently using FF 37.07 with the Nvidia Add-on installed. I even tried changing the two FF add-ons to “always allow” and that didn’t help. Guess it’s just broke now. ?

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