Say what you want about 3D, the one thing that cannot be ignored is the glaring lack of true 3D content. With seemingly every manufacturer now offering a 3D capable display, many would-be customers are still shying away due to the overwhelming lack of content. While Samsung offered the 3D starter kit upon their brand's 3D launch, which included a copy of Dreamwork's "Monsters Versus Aliens," other manufacturers opted to wait until many of the major studios decided to release their 3D disc wares. Well, it's been several weeks - if not months - depending on when your area's big box store began selling 3D sets and there is still no content.
With so many of today's current HDTVs and 3D HDTVs offering Internet connectivity, the online video giant YouTube has added a 3D channel to its site. Featuring a smattering of 3D video clips ranging in length from 30 seconds to two minutes, YouTube 3D makes it easy to tune in and watch 3D clips in HD. While you wait for the brass at the studios to get off their asses and release a 3D movie on Blu-ray, you may actually want to watch - ahem - Avatar. YouTube 3D allows you to choose how you want the 3D signal to be displayed, be it red/cyan full color, red/cyan optimized, red/cyan black and white, amber/blue full color, amber/blue optimized, amber/blue black and white, parallel, cross-eyed, mirror split, row interleaved 1, row interleaved 2, left eye only or right eye only.
While YouTube 3D is nowhere near the quality of what Blu-ray 3D will be capable of offering, it's nice to know that those early adopters of 3D don't have to stare at their 3D HDTVs with regret in their eyes as they ask themselves, "Where's the beef?"