updated 10:30 am EDT, Tue April 12, 2011
NVIDIA 3D Vision now works for web streaming
NVIDIA hoped to make 3D video accessible on the web on Tuesday and launched the 3DVision Plugin. The Silverlight code gives anyone with a set of 3D Vision glasses or similar the option of watching 3D video on the web with the same effects they would have seen offline. It can even support the automatic bitrate adaptation and copy protection of regular 2D clips.
Both the plugin and the kit are available as of today. Most modern GeForce cards will support 3D Vision. NVIDIA hasn't explicitly outlined support for other platforms but, since it uses stereoscopic 3D, is likely to work with competing video cards and glasses from AMD or anyone else.
The use of 3D video on computers has been relatively slow both through a lack mainstream adoption but also the challenge of getting 3D video over the web. Even with hardware in place, the lack of a settled standard and the very high bandwidth needs have made it difficult to use.