Friday, November 13, 2009

YouTube Adding Support For 1080p HD Videos

youtube logoYouTube has announced that starting next week YouTube's HD mode will add support for viewing videos in 720p or 1080p.

How much better will 1080p look over the current 720p offering, well find out for yourself by viewing the 1080p test video.

What does this mean for us end users, well it could lead to tons of added content down the road. YouTube could potentially start offering premium content such as streams of higher resolution HD movies. Might we see a new subscription service from the site? Who knows forsure.

It is possible however that YouTube will add a boost to the user maximum file size limit. The move to 1080p won't mean that users will need to change their uploading habits. Currently videos uploaded from regular users are limited to 10-minutes and or 2GBs. This limit would need to be boosted in order to accommodate the new 1080p videos.

The new higher resolution won't change much for the uploader side. For instance you won't need to change the format you current use YouTube stores videos at whatever resolution you originally used so unless you used 1080p before you won't be affected. 1080p uploaders also won't need to re-upload old videos. Videos that had already been uploaded at 1080p will be automatically re-encoded to play back at the higher resolution.

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