Youtube Goes 1080p

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rook

Whatever youtube now calls HD isn't even called HD.

 HD is must have a resolution of 1920x1080 or 1280x720. And the bitrate should should be high as well.

 The test vid looks like crap.

 It's crap naming/marketing for whatever reason.

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Taz0

Their 720p and 1080p videos do have those resolutions, but their bitrate it utter crap. HD doesn't stand for High Resolution, but rather High Definition - which it obviously isn't. YouTube's "HD" is indeed marketing BS, especially their 1080p.

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GFC

YES!!!!!! I SO WANTED THAT! wh00t!! <3 youtube x}

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chocobo

the test video is awful, the camera AND the dog are constantly moving, so the video is very blurry and very shaky. as evidenced by the comments, you can't even tell it's 1080p.

so aside from that... I guess it's cool that Youtube can do this, but I think it's pretty unnecessary. 720p video is of excellent quality, and 1080p means larger file sizes, slower downloads, and potentially choppy playback if the internet connection isn't fast enough. Not a great tradeoff for marginally more detailed picture quality.

I would never upload anything in 1080p myself. 

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Taz0

1080p has the potential to look much better than 720p. The problem is, 720p has a 0.9 megapixel image whereas 1080p has a 2.0 megapixel image - 2.25 times the pixels, but YouTube is only allocating 1.7 times the bitrate. The low bitrate (for so many pixel) results in increased compression, which manifests as a blurry, artifact-ridden video, and even though it contains more pixels, due to the high compression the video doesn't appear to much better than the 720p video. Too bad.

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Scatmanbrandt

I'm sure alot of people would do it, I personally would too if I could afford the camera and editing tools. It's more about the fact that people can now say "Hey subscribe to me, in 1080p!!1!"

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Airheadq

1080p only defines the resolution of the video, 1920 by 1080. It "is" 1080p but the quality is due to the orginal video. You can have a crappy 320 by 480 video and resize/upscale it to 1980 by 1080 and it technically is 1080p.

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zulfy26

That test video is not 1080p.  It might have the fmt hack bumping up the bitrate, but that doesn't look anywhere close to HD quality.  Most of the fur on the dog is blurry and you can't make out individual hairs.

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WarCrime342

A lot of consumer 1080p cameras don't handle indoor lighting and close-up details that well. If the woman holding the camera backed off about a foot and added sufficient lighting, I bet you would have seen the difference. Hardly a great test video. 

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pellier

Vimeo beats youtube any day. The quality of the videos is much higher and there aren't any 10 year old kids with ADHD commenting on videos.

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WolfdaleX86

Triple post. Sorry I got trigger happy.  

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WolfdaleX86

Double post.

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WolfdaleX86

Well... YouTube might need to increase the 1GB upload limit for 1080p videos.  

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Onyx2291

Doesn't look all that different to me to be honest. But it's awesome that they're doing that. May just be the quality of the actual video uploaded.

-Onyx

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