Video & Audio|September 23, 2011| Author: Kim LaCapria|Tags:

YouTube Adds 2D to 3D Conversion, Drops 15 Minute Limit For Some

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YouTube has continued its push to enhance the service’s capabilities for users, adding some new features announced in a post on the YouTube blog.

One of the new enhancements will allow for longer viewing of YouTube clips, as the 15 minute limit has been dropped for verified users. Verified users have to submit a phone number for verification, and the site says the number will only be used for verification purposes. The video streaming site has even shored up the upload process to support the longer clips, adding in its blog post:

To help you get those longer videos online, we also recently launched resumable uploads, which ensures that you won’t lose any of the minutes you’ve uploaded if your internet fails or your computer dies during the upload process. You can resume uploading right where you left off once you’re back online. (Note: Advanced uploader is no longer required to upload large files.)

On the more esoteric side of things is a new function allowing users to convert YouTube videos from 2D to 3D. While 3D equipment is still recommended (and glasses are required), it’s still a cool little bit of functionality for the site. YouTube describes:

Once you’ve uploaded your 2D videos to YouTube, you can convert them to 3D with the click of a button. Converted videos will be viewable by everyone in 3D. You’ll still get best results with a 3D camera, but it’s a great new way to let people enjoy your finest moments. You’ll find this feature by selecting “Edit Info”, then “3D Video” on a video you’ve uploaded. (Note, you’ll still need glasses to watch on most devices.)

Lastly, the site will allow shooting and editing with vlix and Magisto, with further details available at youtube.com/create. YouTube says the former allows you to “spice up your videos by adding cool effects and text to the video intro and closing,” while the latter “takes your unedited video and automatically edits it into short, fun clips.”