YouTube is for the first time giving users the ability to view 3D videos in stereoscopic 3D on NVIDIA's 3D Vision PCs and notebooks when using the latest version of the Mozilla Firefox Web browser.
Starting today Youtube will transcode and play these videos into the open WebM format with 3D for use with their HTML5 player. This feature is currently only available with Firefox 4.
"We're excited to introduce HTML5 and WebM support to the thousands of 3D videos available on YouTube," said Jonathan Huang, 3D Product Manager at YouTube. "By embracing these open standards, NVIDIA 3D Vision users now have a great way of experiencing YouTube's library of 3D content."
"Firefox with 3D Vision creates a stunning and smooth 3D video experience using HTML5 video based on open standards," said Jay Sullivan, VP of Products at Mozilla. "3D Vision from NVIDIA is a great example of the rich, innovative experiences that are being built on top of the speed and graphics power that Firefox delivers to the Web."
With a number of new 3D video cameras launched this year, YouTube's support of NVIDIA 3D Vision technology enables even more consumers and 3D enthusiasts to share their 3D videos online. With models now available from JVC, Sony and other leading vendors, users now have another easy way to capture and post 3D videos on YouTube, 3DVisionLive.com, or even their own websites by embedding the YouTube 3D video player.
To further showcase the new YouTube stereoscopic 3D video streaming capabilities and some of the latest professional and user-generated 3D YouTube videos, NVIDIA is now hosting the top YouTube stereoscopic 3D videos on its 3D web community site at www.3DVisionLive.com/YT3D
To view YouTube stereoscopic 3D videos an NVIDIA 3D Vision-equipped PC or notebook and the latest NVIDIA GeForce drivers (version 275 or above) are required, as well as Firefox (version 4 or above), which includes support for HTML5 video streaming. Users will also need to select the HTML5 viewing option when viewing a YouTube 3D video.
In addition, with NVIDIA 3DTV Play software, users can connect their PCs to their 3D HDTVs to enjoy 3D YouTube videos on the "big screen."
For web developers interested in embedding YouTube 3D videos or streaming HTML5 videos from their own sites, more information is available at: www.3DVisionLive.com/apps