Google enforcing use of HTML5 viewer on Youtube

This seems to explain why 3D support has disappeared: Google enforces HTML5 use on YouTube for Firefox 33 and newer – gHacks Tech News

(The rest of this post has been rewritten from how it originally appeared.)

Google is now requiring browsers to use the HTML5 player (by default) instead of the Flash player. Only the Flash player supported 3D video viewing options.

The original 3D Flash player support was added by a Google software engineer working in his spare time but did become an official feature in 2011.

What we know at this point is

  • HTML5 is now the default video player on all browsers on the Youtube web site
  • The HTML5 video player does not support 3D video
  • 3D videos cannot be easily watched by casual Youtube viewers on the Youtube web site unless they use work arounds
  • The workaround is to replace the /watch?v= portion of the URL with /v/, which forces use of the Flash video player with its 3D options
  • Youtube videos embedded on other web sites continue to use the Flash player with 3D options
  • Per a note on a 3D group, Google is aware that 3D is no longer working but has higher priorities at the moment. We do not know when or if 3D support will come back and if it does, will be in the near future or the distant future.
  • Google has never supported 3D in the Android Youtube mobile app and mobile views accounted for 30% of my channel views.
  • Google Chrome has enforced HTML5 player usage for a long time and has not properly supported 3D video viewing.
  • Apple stopped supporting Flash. Google does not support Flash in Android. The days of Flash players are numbered.
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Matchstick – The Streaming Stick Built on Firefox OS

The Kickstarter campaign is still underway – and they hope to ship first units by February 2015: Matchstick – The Streaming Stick Built on Firefox OS by Matchstick.tv — Kickstarter.

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Youtube’s 3D support implemented by one s/w engr in his spare time

The implementation of the universal 3D video player on Youtube was the work of Google’s Peter Bradshaw, who thought of the idea of combining left and right images in to multiple 3D formats, right in the player. He built it in about 3 weeks time. That was then: How YouTube 3D Came to Be.

For reasons unknown, as of September 30 2014, the user interface for the 3D video options has been removed by Youtube. No explanation has been given.  3D options still remain in the Advanced Settings pane of the video upload page. Perhaps the 3D player options will come back?

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Copyright scammers issue false copyright claims on Youtube videos

Read the whole thread: Help! I got a falsely accused Copyright Strike! – Google Product Forums.

Anyone can make a copyright claim against others on Youtube, and start earning ad revenue off of your videos. This has turned into a cottage industry for scammers. If you contest their claims, they come right back and make bogus claims on other videos.

The entire Youtube copyright mechanism is broken.

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Nokia conducts an interesting research study on usage of 3D cameras by consumers

From Stereoscopy News and 3dstreaming.org:

Abstract | Digital stereoscopic 3D cameras have entered the consumer market in recent years, but the acceptance of this novel technology has not yet been studied. The aim of this study was to identify the benefits and problems that novice users encounter in 3D photography by equipping five users with 3D cameras for a 4-week trial. We gathered data using a weekly questionnaire, an exit interview, and a stereoscopic disparity analysis of the 699 photographs taken during the trial. The results indicate that the participants took photographs at too-close distances, which caused excessive disparities. They learned to avoid the problem to some extent; the number of failed photographs due to excessive stereoscopic disparity decreased 70 % in 4 weeks. The participants also developed a preference for subjects that included clear depth differences and started to avoid photographing people because they looked unnatural in3Dphotographs.They also regarded flash-induced shadows and edge violations problematic because of the unnatural effects in the photographs. We propose in-camera assistance tools for 3D cameras to make 3D photography easier.

via STEREOSCOPY :: Nokia Research Center Publication – Why 3D Cameras.

Click through for a link to the full study.

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Youtube’s Universal 3D Video Player has Vanished

All my tech decided to fail at once – you can read about that here – which is why this blog has been offline much of today and not updated much recently.

Separately, Youtube’s universal 3D video player disappeared last night. Previously, the 3D player did not work in Chrome but was usable in FireFox, IE and Opera.

As reported on the 3D TV Yahoo Group the 3D video player has vanished from Youtube.

The Youtube video uploader still has options for selecting 3D video options during upload. Does that mean the 3D video player is coming back? No one knows.

We can only make some guesses – presumably the 3D video player relied on the Adobe Flash Player, which nearly everyone hates and is trying to eliminate. HTML5 supposedly provides some new support – Chrome tries to use HTML5 for the player that always ends up with an error on 3D videos.

 

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GoPro Hero4 Black Shoots 4K Video at 30 fps

GoPro Hero4 Black Shoots 4K Video at 30 fps.

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