Firefox Exclusively Supports 3D HTML5 Video, Mozilla, NVIDIA and YouTube Announce
Article by George Norman
On 30 May 2011
Earlier today I was reporting that Microsoft’s Internet Explorer 9 beat the competition (Firefox 4, Chrome and Opera 11, Safari 5) by offering support for more languages than the other popular browsers. While I do appreciate the fact that Microsoft is thinking about an international userbase, I have some news that puts IE9 in the loser’s set again.

Mozilla, NVIDIA and Google-owned video sharing site YouTube have announced that support for 3D HTML5 video has been rolled out exclusively in Firefox. This means that Firefox 4 users can visit YouTube and enjoy thousands of 3D videos in rich, high-quality stereoscopic 3D on their NVIDIA 3D Vision PCs and notebooks.

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Jay Sullivan, VP of Products with Mozilla, said that “Firefox with 3D Vision creates a stunning and smooth 3D video experience using HTML5 video based on open standards” and that “3D Vision from NVIDIA is a great example of the rich, innovative experiences that are being built on top of the speed and graphics power that Firefox delivers to the Web.”

Jonathan Huang, 3D Product Manager at YouTube, said that “we’re excited to introduce HTML5 and WebM support to the thousands of 3D videos available on YouTube” and that “by embracing these open standards, NVIDIA 3D Vision users now have a great way of experiencing YouTube's library of 3D content.”

Phil Eisler, General Manager of 3D Vision at NVIDIA, said that “YouTube 3D on an NVIDIA 3D Vision PC is an amazing experience” and that “3D Vision PC users can enjoy over 525 games, YouTube videos and photos in theater-quality, full-resolution 3D.”

ASUS G series notebooks with 3D vision can play 3D YouTube videos in Firefox 4 and according to Ben Thacker, Vice President of Systems Business Group-Distribution, ASUS North America, these notebooks have been selling quite well. Now that Firefox, NVIDIA and YouTube announced support for 3D HTML5, Thacker expects sales to increase.

So to recap, if you are using Firefox and you have an NVIDIA 3D Vision-equipped PC or notebook and the latest NVIDIA GeForce® drivers, you can watch 3d videos on YouTube. Don’t forget to select the HTML5 viewing option first.

Tags: Mozilla, Firefox, NVIDIA, YouTube, Google, Microsoft, IE9, Internet Explorer
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