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Tuesday, December 9, 2008

The new YouTube in HD!

Well it looks like the day is here, the most popular video sharing website isn’t the worst in terms of quality of service anymore. Everyone was going to YouTube, because, well, everyone was on YouTube! But now at least it is on par with many competing services.

The introduction of widescreen was long overdue. Widescreen just make videos look more professional even if they were shot on a Flip Mino. The arrival of HD is a nice improvement as well considering everyone can now shoot HD with a simple Flip Mino 720p. There is definitely a trade-off: buffering. Unless you have the best internet connection in the world, you probably won’t be able to watch an HD stream without letting it buffer first. Google solved that by having the low quality version load by default and letting you choose to go for the HD version. Here are the settings I have started using for HD YouTube (you can use the settings with most video editing application, I use QuickTime Pro):

Quality: High
AAC 128 kbps
Current FPS

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