All of YouTube's 1080p Videos Are Going 3D

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For as much as everybody loves to hate 3D, there seems no end remakes and reboots touting it. Even YouTube is jumping on board, announcing today that all short-form videos uploaded in 1080p will automatically be converted to the 3D format.

The auto-3D feature is an offshoot from the one-click conversion that YT rolled out as a beta last year. The process relies on a self-teaching algorithm to accurately split the image into two and set the proper depth, then farms out the actual conversion to the Google Cloud architecture which breaks the video into chunks and process each piece in parallel. 3D picture quality can be either 360 or 720. If you've got a pair of anaglyph glasses handy, you can see it for yourself below. [YouTube via PC World - Image: xstockerx / Shutterstock]

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I noticed that at least one of my videos converted to 3D. It's pretty cool and I do see some depth. But also noticed another video gave me options to change the speed (2x, 1.5x, .05x, .25x). That's interesting. It's not in 3D. I wonder what determines which extra features Youtube applies to what. ...Looks like you have to go to the Youtube page to see the speed options.