This is a 3D video on YouTube. Be sure to watch in HD and set the 3D tab on the player to match your viewing glasses. I recommend “Green/Magenta Optimized“. You can buy glasses here:
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After running some tests this past summer with the Panasonic AG-3DA1 3D camcorder, I waited several months to edit the footage. I had no idea how I would get the 3D images off the SD cards and onto my HDTV or website. I did not own a 3DTV and I did not know how to edit the stuff in Final Cut Pro. I posted a video blog about my experience with the stereoscopic 3DA1 camera and included a tutorial explaining how to create 3D by removing color channels from the left and right eyes in Final Cut Pro. Using this free “Dashwood” method, you could quickly and easily make Cyan/Red anaglyph 3D.
At the time of writing and shooting my Panasonic 3D video blog, I was unaware that YouTube had support for 3D. It is a feature included with any account and it available to anyone using YouTube. In fact, getting 3D onto the internet is extremely simple and the results are amazing. All you need is the Panasonic AG-3DA1 camera, or your own dual camera rig and an understanding of convergence. YouTube will not adjust the convergence point in post, so the 3D you capture when you press record is what you get.
From YouTube support pages:
In order to upload a 3D video to YouTube, you’ll need two original videos (or in my case, the left and right eye from the Panasonic 3DA1):
1. In your video editing software on your computer, combine the two videos into a single frame. This provides content for each eye and produces the 3D effect.
2. For best results, the combined image from the two videos should be 16:9 resolution distorting your frames as needed. The aspect can be corrected by the YouTube player using special tags. (I will explain how to do this later in this blog.)
3. Once you’ve formatted the video to these requirements in your video editing software, upload the final version of the video to YouTube.
4. While the video is uploading, or after upload is complete, edit the video and add the tag “yt3d:enable=true“. YouTube will automatically create different forms of 3D. The viewer can then select what flavor of 3D they want using a menu at the bottom of the YouTube player window.
If you’ve got the left and right images the wrong way round, just add the “yt3d:swap=true” tag to fix it.
This may sound a bit complicated, but I assure you it is not. All you need to do is match edit both eyes and place them into a “split screen” on a single video. To get the best effect, you need to squish both 16:9 eyes into a single 16:9 screen. To do this, you must distort the two eyes.
Work on the right eyeball footage in V1 first. In Final Cut Pro’s motion tab, set the center for the right eye to a value of ‘-480, 0’ (be sure this is negative). Go to the distort tab and set the aspect ratio to a value of ‘100’. Your footage should look like this:
Next, match edit (frame for frame) the left eyeball and drop it onto V2, directly on top of the right eye on V1. Go back into the motion tab for this clip and set the center to ‘480, 0’ (this one is positive). Finally, set the distortion aspect ratio to ‘100’. Your resulting canvas window should look like a dual squished video split screen:
After you apply this to your entire left/right V2/V1 timeline, you can edit your video in the dual squished window format. Or, so that you don’t loose your mind when editing dual images, edit only the left eye, with the right eye turned off. Apply the above settings after you have finished your edit. When you are ready, export the video the same way you would for a 2D HD video for upload to YouTube. I recommend mpeg-4 h.264 1920×1080 multi-pass at 4500 kbps 30fps.
Once the video has been uploaded, just add these tags into the video: “yt3d:aspect=16:9” and “yt3d:enable=true” By doing this, you enable the 3D feature on YouTube and you stretch out the dual distorted 16:9 videos. YouTube encoding makes versions of the video that work with Red/Cyan, Magenta/Green and many other types of 3D automatically.
Special thanks to Rule Boston Camera and Juhani Väihkönen.