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YouTube High Quality Videos

YouTube doesn’t innovate too much and many of the features introduced lately have already been available elsewhere. YouTube is entering the mainstream and a big audience means a lot of pressure and responsibility.

Lots of  sources report that YouTube is now testing to offer higher quality videos to some users with broadband capacities, and that they will be available to everyone in about three months.

Most viewers are interested in content itself than a higher quality. What they’ve seen through past successes, people get more fed up having to wait for buffering. It’s ‘good enough’ right now. – YouTube co-founder Steve Chen on YouTube video quality [NewTeeVee]

Wikipedia, “YouTube’s video playback technology is based on Macromedia’s Flash Player 7 and uses the Sorenson Spark H.263 video codec. .…[The video] has pixel dimensions of 320 by 240 and runs at 25 frames per second. The maximum data rate is 300kbit/s.” Flash Player 8 introduced a better codec: On2 TrueMotion VP6, which is used by blip.tv.

YouTube recommends to use these settings when you upload videos: MPEG4 format, 640×480 resolution, MP3 audio and 30 frames per second.

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