Monday, November 17, 2008

High Definition YouTube

Although many doubted it would be possible, YouTube itself is showing that low quality blocky internet video is a thing from the past, and that the future is a lot brighter and with higher-definition.

Just check the following YouTube video, available in both normal and high-quality:

Normal Quality

High Quality

You can easily access the high quality video versions (when available) by entering &fmt=18 at the end of the youtube url link.

This specifies format "18" which uses a more advanced video codec (Mpeg4 h.264) and higher resolution.

But if you think that's all, you should know there are already videos using format 22 using up to 720p resolution. Just watch it in full screen and compare it to the other regular videos.

via [kottke]

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