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February 14, 2011

LG Teams with YouTube for Mobile 3D Video Capture and Upload


3D is getting some help in mobility from YouTube. According to a PC World report, the online video site is working with LG Electronics (News - Alert) to enable users to more easily capture 3D images and video on their mobile devices and upload directly to the Internet with the use of the new Optimus 3D smartphone from LG.


Based on Google’s Android (News - Alert) operating system, the Optimus 3D offers a dual-lens camera for 3D image and video capture. Any video made by the user can be directly uploaded to YouTube (News - Alert) with a dedicated YouTube 3D video application, according to LG spokeswoman, Nanako Kato.

And, with a 4.3-inch touchscreen, the Optimus 3D also allows users to view 3D images and video without the annoying 3D glasses.

"The new partnership is part of a broader push into 3D entertainment by LG and the world's largest online video community," the companies said in a joint statement. "YouTube and LG collaborated to enable the delivery and sharing of 3D video onto mobile devices in a way that makes it simple and easy for consumers."

YouTube stepped up its 3D viewing efforts in July of 2009 when it unveiled the YouTube 3D Gallery. The site also offers special 3D glasses so users can get in on the 3D action right away – for a small price. This latest partnership with LG takes 3D video to a wider audience as it is now mobile and easily uploadable.

The Optimus 3D is made with a 1GHz OMAP4 dual-core processor from Texas Instruments (News - Alert) and dual-channel memory to provide users with enough power to work on 3D video on the handset. Users can share 3D videos and pictures through a host of wireless and wired connectors, such as the HDMI (High Definition Multimedia Interface). The product is also Digital Living Network Alliance networking (DLNA) certified.

The latest LG smartphone was also made with an applied parallax barrier technology, which adds a series of slits on the front of the LCD screen to block light in such a way that it ensures the user’s left and right eye see different images. The result is the creation of the illusion of depth for the 3D image.

A 3D camera was also built into the LG Optimus Pad tablet, although the 8.9-inch touchscreen was not made for glasses-free 3D viewing. According to LG, images and video taken with the 3D camera can be viewed on 3D TVs or shared on the Web via YouTube 3D.

TMCnet reported earlier this month that LG would unveil the glasses-free LG Optimus 3D, at this year’s Mobile World Congress, currently taking place in Barcelona, Spain.


Susan J. Campbell is a contributing editor for TMCnet and has also written for eastbiz.com. To read more of Susan’s articles, please visit her columnist page.

Edited by Tammy Wolf










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