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Compiled by Martin J. Powell

Alice singing the Japanese song 'Nostalogic' (image from 'YouTube'; video uploaded by 'kadotanimitsuru')

Alice is a CGI character created using software for both the movement and vocals. Here she is seen performing a Japanese song in 3D.

I originally compiled a list of 3D YouTube videos in July 2009. At the time, 3D was only just starting to appear on YouTube and there were not a great number of them to see. In less than a couple of short years, the number of 3D videos has risen significantly, thanks in large part to the increased popularity of 3D films and the wider availability of 3D televisions and gaming consoles.

Having watched many dozens of online videos I have now expanded and revised the list with what I believe to be amongst the best 3D videos currently viewable. Specifically, I have chosen videos which portray good depth, are mostly of high visual quality (many in High Definition) and which vary greatly in content. I have placed each video into a category; this is clearly a subjective process and inevitably there are some videos which could easily be categorised elsewhere (e.g. CGI and Music). Within each category, the videos are listed in no particular order.

In July 2009 YouTube introduced a special tag which allowed 3D videos to be viewed using several different 3D viewing methods (as explained by YouTube's software engineer Peter Bradshaw). Whenever the video uploader includes the 'yt3d:enable=true' tag, a '3D' button appears at the lower right of the video. Clicking on this button causes a drop-down menu to appear, listing the varying viewing formats. If this tag is not included, the video is 'fixed' in the format in which it was uploaded and it cannot be changed by the viewer.

Whilst compiling this list I have come across a couple of technical issues when loading some YouTube videos. Firstly, some do not open in the correct aspect ratio (the picture appears stretched horizontally); this is because the video uploader did not apply the appropriate formatting tag (see more details here). This is unfortunate since I have excluded these videos from the list. Secondly, many 3D videos open in the cross-eyed viewing mode (which is not to everyone's taste) despite the fact that the video is listed in the drop-down menu as being in parallel. This can easily be changed by clicking on the '3D' button at the lower right of the video; when the drop-down menu opens, click on 'Swap (right-left)'.

Note that there are numerous videos on YouTube which have been converted from 2D to 3D using computer software (often with less-than-satisfactory results) and there are also many videos listed as being in 3D but which clearly are not.

This selection demonstrates the many creative ways in which 3D video is now being used, by professionals and amateurs alike. I will be revising this list periodically; if you have seen a particularly outstanding example, please and I will consider adding it to the list in a future revision.

(To learn how to view the videos in 3D, refer to my webpage Stereoscopic Pictures (and how to view them))





Takayama Autumn Festival Floats Parade (3:19)

Nostalogic: Pt 1 (2:36) / Pt 2 (4:53)

Grand Canyon Adventure (1:41)

Madison Square Gardens NHL (1:51)

3D Motion Tokyo (Tokyo from the Air) (3:02)

Fighting Falcon (F-16) (5:25) / Under The Sea (6:00)

Hang Glider over Hawaii (2:47)

FIFA World Cup 2010 (2:12)

Kyoto Higashiyama Flower Lantern Festival (5:46)

Rollercoasters: Nosuri (1:45) / Fuarukee (1:55)

Norway and the Northern Lights (4:47)

Soccer (Manchester Utd vs Wigan Athletic) (2:59)

Coastal Aquarium, Kasai (1:07)

Jaws Unleashed (Jaws vs Shamu) (8:27)

Planet Earth (with 2D comparison) (5:19)

Golf: Masters Tournament 2010 (7:30)


The Audio-Taeuber: Life Energy (3:56)

The Colors of Autumn (Springfield, Missouri) (2:59)

Motocross (1:36)

Avatar (3:16)

Take the One that Cares (3:45)

Fremont (Seattle) Scenes (3:05)

Rugby, 2010 (NSW vs Queensland) (5:56)

Alice in Wonderland (2:30)

14 Karat (1:24)

Californian Forests (Slideshow) (6:19)

NBA Basketball (LA Lakers vs Boston Celtics) (0:27)

Jaws 3-D (1:53)

Double 15 Dominoes (1:00)

Sites of Korea (9:50)

Drag Racing (1:06)

Pirates of the Caribbean 4 (2:09)

Chicobanana (0:30)

Durham University Botanical Gardens (2:40)

KiteSurf (1:14)

The Chronicles of Narnia (2:05)


Streetparade Zürich, August 2010 (4:40)


Toy Story 3 (2:09)

Avatar (7:46)

Kanchanaburi Bridge over the River Kwai, Thailand (1:38)

Queen: Innuendo (Unofficial Video) (6:40)

Shrek Forever (1:10)

Damnation (3:21)

Pre-Parade Float Viewing for the 2011 Rose Parade, Pasadena, CA (3:04)

The Chemical Brothers: Star Guitar (Unofficial Video) (4:00)

Despicable Me (2:26)

Tomb Raider Anniversary (9:12)


Zingo: Magnetic Current (Unofficial Video) (3:58)

Astro Boy (2:25)

World of Warcraft (3:06)

Ocean Circus (3:28)

Magic Arm: Getting the Way (5:35)

Garfield's Pet Force (1:33)

Streetfighter IV (7:31)

Wild Ocean (IMAX film) (1:37)

Solar Powered People: Washing Out (1:41)

BOLT (2:16)

Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles (2:44)

Water World (CGI Simulation) (3:19)

The Raw I's: Gloria (The death of me) (5:45)

Snowball (1:10)

Spider-Man Web of Shadows (0:41) / Ultimate Spider-Man (1:02)

Sea Monsters: A Prehistoric Adventure (1:47)

Peter Fox: Der Letzte Tag (Unofficial Video) (2:10)

Rio (2:24)

F.E.A.R. 2 (3:04)


TRON GIRL (2:12)

Tangled (1:51)

Ninja Blade (3:21) / Prince of Persia (2:21) / Assassin's Creed (6:24)

Railways (simulated Viewmaster reel) (2:06)

Dapper Dan's Barbershop Quartet of Main Street, USA (2:04)

How To Train Your Dragon (2:03)

Resident Evil 4 (2:38) / RE 5 (0:25)

Inside Dubai Metro (4:58)

Dance Group: Chico Burner, Maki, Stephen Hues & Ami (3:13)

Step Up (0:30)

Far Cry 2 (6:08) / Crysis (2:23) / Call Of Duty: Black Ops (7:28)

London Underground Central Line (6:25)

Avant-arts performance, 2000: Part 1 (9:17)

Street Dance (2:01)

MotorStorm Pacific Rift (1:08) / Need for Speed (3:28) / Race Driver Grid (1:22) /  Toca Race Driver 3 (3:00)


3ality Digital MaxQ (4:33)

Parasite (2:17)

MotoGP 08 (3:35)

Race Boat (onboard) (3:09)

Essentia: Suicide in Chinatown (3:24)

Friday the 13th Part III (0:50)

WipeOut (0:45)

Circus Acrobats (4:11)

The Black Stymphalian (5:14)

My Bloody Valentine (2:23)

IL-2 Sturmovik (3:51)

The Coke Zero & Mentos Rocket Car (2:02)

Girls' Generation: Genie (3:41)

Dial M for Murder (3:02)

Flight Simulator X: Cockpits, etc (4:47) /  Turkish Airlines B777 Take-off (1:35) /  Landing at Innsbruck (2:11)

Dancing Dimensions (Belly Dancing Tutorial) (5:28)

Kara: We're With You (2:39)


The French Line (2:23)

RailWorks Simulator (2:55)

Pin-Up Girls (Slideshow) (2:07)

Joel Cathey: Cover What You Can (2:25)


PRE-Flight RC Simulator (3:38)

High-Speed 3D Test (1:52)

Duke: Christmas Time Is Here (2:21)

Ducks on icy trail in Shubie Park, Dartmouth (0:47)


Night Space Shuttle launch (2:39)

Yussuf Jerusalem, Bordeaux, 2010 (3:02)

Ducks squabling and swimming (0:34)

The Quest for the Scepter (1:54)

Fairytale Hagoromo! (Japanese) (3:41)

Lazy Guns Brisky, Bordeaux, 2010 (3:31)

Dinosaurs Alive (1:20)

The Snowman (1:19)

Daumen Kinosaurier (German) (1:13)

Crâne Angels, Bordeaux, 2010 (3:42)

The Magical World of Insects (8:17)

Hypercube (0:31)

Clouds (Japan) (1:52)

Movie Star Junkies, Bordeaux, 2010 (6:36)

Slow-motion Dragonfly & Butterflies (1:32)

What Is It? (1:35)


Decheman & The Gardener, Bordeaux, 2010 (4:09)

Biodiversity in the Lavasa Valley, India

(3D documentary) (6:30)

XenoDream fractal stereogram (2:21)

Quail Chick Eye interior (MRI) (0:07)

Black Diamond Heavies, Mantes-La-Jolie, 2009 (5:03)

Big bird in slow-motion (0:21)

Illusion (Slideshow) (2:58)

Mouse Embryo (0:23)

Michael Jackson: This Is It (Thriller) (0:57) / Earthsong Backdrop (5:41)

  List compiled by Martin J Powell February 2011

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