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November 24, 2008

YouTube experiments with HD videos

Monday, November 24, 2008

YouTube, an Internet site known for providing short videos, wants to provide HD-videos as well and experiments internally with a 720p display-mode (1280*720) in the background. This display-mode is already usable.

Because it is an internal test-run, there is no official option concerning videos, but instead a “&fmt=22” suffix can be attached to the internet address of these videos, and these videos have to be uploaded in higher resolution of course. For a long time, there have been limits to the displayed video-resolution and duration of videos, so most of YouTube’s videos are made according to these limits. So one of these SD-videos (and this is rather in low-def) is named “Where the Hell is Matt? (2008)” and it can be switched to the HD-version by adding the suffix.

YouTube confirmed a market entry in providing HD-videos to the Austrian “Der Standard“, but they did not release a fixed date for it.

YouTube always expanded their service and technologies, so displaying subtitles (which has been possible in YouTube’s mother company Google and their Google Video portal) and a theater mode with widescreen support were made available, but they stuck to progress in video- and image-quality. Other portals, like Vimeo, benefited from this and expanded in this area.

YouTube only follows this trend now, and this could be connected to YouTube’s plan in also providing real movies and television series.

Links by suffix

  • Where the Hell is Matt? (2008) in standard resolution
  • Where the Hell is Matt? (2008) in 720p

Sources

This article is based on “YouTube wants HD-videos and is experimenting right now”. HDTVTotal, November 21, 2008

  • “Youtube: Trick erlaubt Anzeige von Videos in High-Definition”. Der Standard, November 21, 2008 ((German))
  • Moritz Zielenkewitz “HD statt Filmschnipsel: YouTube in 1.280 x 720 Pixeln”. netzwelt, November 21, 2008 ((German))
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