David Kirkpatrick

November 13, 2009

YouTube goes full high-def

Filed under: Business, Media, Technology — Tags: , , , — David Kirkpatrick @ 2:38 pm

High-def as in a full HD 1080p resolution.

From the link:

At the NewTeeVee Live conference on Thursday, YouTube director of product management Hunter Walk announced that the video-streaming service is getting a new high-quality streaming option: full HD, or “1080p” resolution. The current “high-quality” option, when available on YouTube videos, is 720p, referring to the number of horizontal scan lines that make up the image.

Walk said the new resolution, as well as a new full-screen player, will roll out to all users within days.

YouTube co-founder Steve Chen announced high-quality YouTube viewing at NewTeeVee 2007. He also said, then, that YouTube stores all video it receives at the resolution it’s uploaded at. So when YouTube ads a resolution option, as it did then and is doing now, it simply needs to re-encode videos for the new player, not get new raw content.

2 Comments »

  1. Comment by James — December 23, 2009 @ 4:54 pm

  2. Comment by James — December 23, 2009 @ 4:55 pm


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