Support For 1080p High-definition Videos Coming To YouTube

Support For 1080p High-definition Videos Coming To YouTube

Soon, YouTube will support the same high-resolution video that can now be enjoyed on flat screen TVs. Starting next week, YouTube's HD mode will add support for watching 1080p HD videos in full resolution. You'll still be able to view videos in 720p as well though the resolution will depend on the resolution of the original source.

YouTube has been supporting HD videos for over a year now. Today, the maximum output of YouTube videos is limited to 720p. The video-sharing site explains the upgrade on its blog, "As resolution of consumer cameras increases, we want to make sure YouTube is the best home on the web to showcase your content. For viewers with big monitors and a fast computer, try switching to 1080p to get the most out of the fullscreen experience."

Videos uploaded from regular users will still be limited to 10 minutes, although the maximum file size will likely receive a boost from 2GB. If you've already uploaded a video at 1080p, you won't have to re-upload since those videos will automatically be re-encoded to play back at the higher resolution.

Since even the 720p HD mode can tax some of the regular PCs out there, support for 1080p targets users with big monitors and a fast computer. If your PC can't handle the new 1080p clips, you'll be glad to know the 720p HD mode will still be available as an alternative.

Here's a comparison for how 1080p will compare in size to 720p:


HD - 720p



HD - 1080p

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I'm liking this development, though the large size requirements might made this impractical for most users in the short term.

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Hmm, I don't think it's really needed to be honest.  But hopefully the the 720p version is still easy to use.  I don't like for HD videos that you cannot just view HQ without having to type stuff into the URL.  I would like to be able to click 1080, 720, HQ, and Normal, not just between 720 and Normal as it is now with HD.

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If it works smoothly I'll be fine with it. My connection is fast enough so I'm good there.

720P is good enough though.

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On a 17-20" computer screen, would you be able to tell the difference between 720p and 1080p?

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