Youtube “3D” viewer control is back

Youtube used to have a small “3D” in the lower right of the viewer as a control to select 3D options.

May be a month ago, the 3D control disappeared and the 3D settings were embedded into the “gear” settings icon.

Overnight, the 3D control has returned.

Which means the instruction for using 3D, that I just finished writing for the description section of several of my videos are now all wrong. Arghhh.

Human Eyesight & 4K Viewing

Very interesting read by the folks at RED: Human Eyesight & 4K Viewing.

Higher resolution enables closer seating and detail resolving.

I had read similar articles in the past regarding the transition from standard definition (SD) TV to high definition (HD) TV.

As SD screens grew larger, the best viewing position was further and further away from the TV. HDTV changed that due to higher resolution – the best viewing position became much closer than with SD.  Whereas the best viewpoint for SDTV may have been from across the room, the optimal viewing point for HDTV might be 7 to 10 feet from the screen (depending on the screen size).

Similarly with 4K TV – you may see more detail when sitting up close.

A problem with moving closer, though, is that for most adults over age 40-45, near vision is lost and reading glasses are required due to changes in the aging eye. All my life I had 20:20 (perfect) vision but with the onset of age, I eventually required reading glasses. To watch our HDTV from 7-10 feet away, I need to wear a +1.00 reading glass, which is so weak an adjustment that most drug stores do not carry these – I order them from

This eyesight issue explains why, in past viewing tests, so many viewers are unable to notice a difference in 1280 x 720p versus 1920 x 1080i or 1080p. Many viewers may eventually buy 4k TVs but truthfully, many will not notice much difference in image quality because of their eyesight issues and lack of appropriate “reading” glasses for viewing the TV.

3D TV sales seen to be growing

“In 2017, 3DTVs will account for 58% of all TVs

sold across the globe, rising from 18% last year,” reckons Sam Leech, research analyst at Futuresource.

via 3D Streaming – STEREOSCOPY – Topic: The future of 3DTVs: 157.7 million sales forecast for 2017 1/1.

The main problem continues to be a lack of good quality 3D content.

Wiggle stereoscopy
Wiggle stereoscopy (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
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3D can be seen using only one eye

What they are finding is that when viewed through a tiny aperture, a single eye provides sufficient information for the brain to discern depth cues:

The effect of “vivid 3D vision” can be experienced with just one eye, a study has suggested.

Researchers at St Andrews University said a method using a small circular hole could have wide implications for 3D technology.

The study, published in Psychological Science, also has implications for people who have just one eye or difficulties with double-eye vision.

via BBC News – Seeing in 3D possible with one eye, St Andrews study suggests.

Once again: Magix Movie Edit Pro 2013 NOT RECOMMENDED for 3D video editing

With numerous bugs previously reported here, including the loss of synchronization between clips – this evening I tried editing Sony TD10 video and it seemed to be going well.

Until the entire right window vanished – the one used for importing clips and selecting titles and effects.

Brought that back. But then when I reloaded the project, it tells me the project file is bad and cannot be read. Sigh.

Magix has come out with Magix Movie Edit Pro 2014 but I do not intend to go near it until I hear reports from others. Magix MEP 2013 is worthless for editing 3D video. I am not the only one who has discovered this – it is unfortunately filled with numerous defects still. Am remembering that the initial release was not even Beta quality software. One wonders what they are thinking back there in the labs. They can and should better than this. MEP has a ton of potential and as best I can tell, it works fine for 2D video editing.

But for 3D editing, it remains worthless. It still fails to save settings in the Export MP4 files dialog box. Enter 16,000 kbps for the data rate and next time it says 6,000 kbps. Enter 18 for the GOP and next time it says 33. It really seems, considering the first release mess, that Magix never even subjected the 3D portion of the product to any semblance of Software Quality Assurance.

I’m now headed back to Sony Vegas to start this project over again. Vegas has been quite reliable.

Updated: Tried reloading the project once again. This time it loaded, albeit, having a trouble with a single video file (that worked fine before). I like a lot of things about Magix, but its 3D video capabilities would be much more likable if they worked and if settings in the 3D output dialog boxes would be consistently retained between exports.