How to create 3D YouTube videos

3D VIDEOS: How to create them for YouTube

YouTube has a clever new feature which creates red/blue 3D videos. To create one yourself you’ll need a pair camcorders (preferably identical ones), some video editing software (Movie Maker 2 should suffice) and some 3D glasses to watch the results. You can easily make a home-made pair of 3D glasses if you don’t own a pair already (see link below). Here’s how to make the video:

  1. Set up a scene to be recorded on the two cameras simultaneously. You need to arrange the cameras like a pair of perfectly level eyes. Any difference in angle will reduce the 3D effect.
  2. Sync the resulting footage using your video editing program by placing the two shots side by side in the same frame. The ‘left-eye’ camera shot should go on the right-hand side and vice-versa.
  3. When you upload the video to YouTube, add the tag “yt3d:enable=true”. If it’s in widescreen you need to add “yt3d:aspect=16:9”.
  4. YouTube will then analyse the video and create a composite of both sides. When viewed with your 3D specs the video should jump out at you in full 3D greatness.

And that’s all there is to it! If you struggle to create your own 3D productions here’s a list of 3D videos currently available on YouTube.

Related post: How to make 3D glasses

2 responses to “How to create 3D YouTube videos

  1. Galen, This is so cool. I need to try this out myself. Now where can I get that second camcorder?

  2. Thanks man, the camcorders don’t have to be identical just on the same level really. I’m sure you could persuade one to participate 😉

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