You can watch 3D video and 3D movies in 3D TVs, that are becoming increasingly popular, but also on the popular YouTube site. Indeed, YouTube directly supports 3D videos and allows you not only to upload them, but also to switch between different levels of quality and different ways of 3D types. So how to upload your own 3D video to YouTube?
If you prefer video-tutorials, go to our video How to create your 3D video/3D movie (not only for YouTube)
. Details about the process you can find below. (A separate article about 3D video recording - with examples - you can find here - Easily make your 3D movies
Recording of 3D movie/3D video
Take two movie cameras or two still cameras capable of shooting video. Put them side by side, preferably so that their lenses are at the distance of human eyes, about 2.5-3 inches. (Sometimes it helps to turn one device upside down.) And start recording. On both cameras simultaneously.
The closest object on the scene should not be closer to the camera than two meters. It is a rule of thumb. If you're interested in more specific rules you can find them on our website or you can experiment a little.
Creating a 3D movie/3D video
Convert the video to single frames. You can for example use VirtualDub software (it is free to download here
) and save/export video as a sequence of images. Do the same for records from both cameras.
In the 3DJournal software open the first frame of each record (ie from the left and right) and then use the appropriate button to create a 3D image. Adjust the picture as necessary. (It is appropriate to do it while wearing 3D glasses.) Use scissors button to select which part of the image should be saved, set the final size of the frames in X2 menu (eg HD) and save the first 3D image in the stereo jpg (JPS), such as 3D0001.jps. In the Extra menu fill in the number of pictures and start processing.
In VirtualDub, open the first frame (3D0001.jps), set the right Frame rate (most appropriate value is 30, set it on both places Change frame rate ... and Convert to ...) and the compression needed - DivX MPEG-4 (you can also specify the quality, eg 6). In the Audio menu, you can set the sound source. And save as AVI.
Uploading the 3D video/3D movie to YouTube
Log in to your account on YouTube and upload video in the normal way. In the Tags box then type: yt3d: enable = true. If the video is widescreen (maybe HD), add this: yt3d: aspect = 16:9. (You can also add other tags, such as: yt3d: enable = true yt3d: aspect = 16:9 London metro.)
Then wait a while until YouTube converts video into all levels of quality. And now you can play your 3D movie! Do not forget to show the movie to your friends on Facebook.
Tips and Tricks
If your camera is using a video format that is not supported by VirtualDub, convert it into a standard format using a free Video Converter, for example by iWisoftu
To synchronize the two videos you can use buttons with the double arrow in the 3DJournal software. You can go through the video frame-by-frame forward or backward. If you simultaneously hold down the shift key, then you move only the left image.
If YouTube shows your 3D HD video in a lower quality, try to wait. Converting to HD takes time. Remember that YouTube can switch the video display quality switch and the way how it displays the 3D Video (anaglyph, striped, yellow-blue, cross-eyes and more.).
If you want to see how to do it in a video-tutorial, head over to our video guide:
How to easily create 3D photos (even with one camera)
How to easily shoot 3D videos/3D movies (even for YouTube)
The full version of the 3DJournal software you can conveniently get here.