Got some plastic specs for watching 3D movies and videos? You might be getting more use out of them on your computer from now on. YouTube has announced that it will be automatically converting any shortform videos uploaded in 1080p resolution to 3D versions, allowing viewers to hit a ‘3D’ button to watch them in pop-out glory. The conversion feature was introduced in September 2011 as an option for YouTube video creators when uploading their content, but will now be automatic. “We use a combination of video characteristics such as color, spatial layout and motion to estimate a depth map for each frame of a monoscopic video sequence,” explains YouTube in its blog post. “We use machine learning from the growing number of true 3D videos on YouTube to learn video depth characteristics and apply them in depth estimation.”

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