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article imageYouTube, Nvidia push 3D streaming video

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By Stephanie Medeiros     May 26, 2011 in Technology
In an effort to further introduce 3D into user's daily lives, YouTube has teamed up with Firefox and Nvidia to offer better quality 3D streaming video.
Mashable reports that the trio will offer the service to users who own the Nvidia 3D hardware--a kit that costs $149--and uses Mozilla's Firefox. YouTube will be offering the videos in HTML5 and WebM format, which means they can be easily accessed by users who have the Nvidia 3D Vision. Users must first enable HTML5 in order to watch the videos, however.
The alternative to 2D streaming video has only become a recent thing, with Nvidia having their 3D Vision system become compatible with streaming video in April with a specialized plug-in and the hardware.
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YouTube has already made an initiative in 3D video with their own category of videos that require either a specialized TV, monitor or traditional 3D glasses (though, YouTube notes the glasses used at movie theaters cannot be used with their videos).
Users on YouTube who wish to upload their own videos, of course, must use a 3D-enabled video camera in order to upload their own creations.
As VentureBeat points out, Nvidia is at the forefront of graphics chips and wishes with this current partnership with YouTube and Firefox users who have been largely skeptical of 3D will eventually embrace it.
General manager of the 3D Vision team, Phil Eisler, said that "...61 percent plan to include it in their next purchase," of consumers of Nvidia's GeForce graphic processors.
The videos can be viewed here along with specially formatted pictures and even 3D apps.
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