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YouTube Enables 3D-Viewing For Short 1080p Clips, Claims 4D Coming Too

by Adriana Lee | April 5, 2012April 5, 2012 6:00 pm PDT

According to the official YouTube blog, the site is so fired up about its popular 3D beta experiment that it’s now letting everyone with short 2D 1080p videos convert them automatically:

Today we’re expanding the beta to all of you by adding automatic 3D conversion for short-form videos uploaded in 1080p. Meaning, you can select 3D viewing in the Quality settings (click on the gear icon) on the YouTube player, then pop on your 3D glasses and see YouTube in another dimension.

So far hundreds of thousands of videos have been converted since the beta’s launch last year, so if you have the 3D eyewear, there should be plenty to keep those eyeballs busy. Google staffers recently watched the “YouTube Rewind 2011″ video (embedded above), to check out the converted YouTube 3D experience. (Or, if you’re not a Rebecca Black fan, the company also suggests this one.)

For more info, hit up the source link or check out the how-to page on 2D-to-3D conversions in YouTube’s 3D Guide here.

Concluding this news, YouTube also made a short, but noteworthy grace note: It says that 4D, 5D, and 6D videos are “around the corner.”

How would 4D even work off of a website? Theme parks and entertainment centers use sensory effects — think rumbling seats, wind or even mist and smells — to offer the experience of a “fourth” or even “fifth,” “sixth” and “seventh” dimensions. None of it is really all that mathematically or scientifically sound, as a 4-dimensional object means something else entirely in academia. But it makes for great marketing-speak.

To get a sense of what the “4D” experience is like, take a look at the following promo vid from London Eye (below), then tell us what you think — how could online providers even approach this? Connected cinematic gaming chairs with rumble features? Internet-connected USB Air Wick? Other?

[via 9to5Google, YouTube blog]

Adriana Lee

Adriana is the resident writer-slash-culture vulture who has written about everything from smartphones, tablets, apps, accessories, and small biz...