YouTube About to Become Higher Quality

Increases Upload Limit, Look for More HD Content

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YouTube has doubled the size of what users are now able to upload at a time. Until now, users were only able to upload 1GB, and now they can upload 2GB. This means longer videos with higher resolutions.

YouTube product manager Ryan Junee also points out that users can upload large HD files directly from their cameras. Essentially this means, we will start seeing a lot more quality (at least picture-wise) videos on YouTube.

Video File Upload

Junee shares a couple tips for linking to and embedding HD versions of videos:

- To share a link to the HD version of your video, simply append &hd=1 to the end of the URL. This means the video will start playing in HD as soon as someone follows the link. Cool, huh?

–  To embed the HD version of a video on a website or blog, click the ‘customize’ button to the right of the embed box on the video page. Some options will appear; simply check ‘play in HD’. The embed code that’s generated will cause the video to start playing in HD as soon as a viewer clicks play. We recommend embedding HD videos at the largest size (853×505) for maximum enjoyment.

The increased uploading limit should do nothing but make YouTube a better place to watch videos. The more high quality content that is uploaded, the more people will be likely to stick around and watch more of it.

YouTube About to Become Higher Quality
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  • http://www.havocmarketing.com/ Havoc Marketing

    That’ll be a good change as some of the videos at YouTube are really bad in quality.

  • http://www.crearecommunications.co.uk Adam

    i predicted this ages ago – it’s just natural progression. Eventually you’ll be able to watch full HD movies on full screens using YouTube. It will make the tiny, low quality virals that we watch now look so basic.

  • http://www.controldatainc.com agency collection

    Im surprised they didnt do this sooner. Im guessing this also means the regular videos can now be twice as long if not using the higher quality

  • http://www.diamondonnet.com Diamonds

    Its only a matter of time, thanks for the heads up, will be looking forward for this.

  • http://www.HypnoBusters.com Jon Rhodes

    It’s good to have a clearer picture, but won’t better quality HD pictures cause the videos to run slower?

  • mpheadley

    I welcome this as well. Wonder how long videos can be. I am more interested in the length and size (less compression of SD video) rather than HD.

    I have the higher speed Verizon DSL (3 Mbps?) but even that isn’t enough for the HD clips on youtube since it struggles greatly. But perhaps that’s also my computer, a 2 ghz P4?

    But if I download I can usually watch the HD movies in full quality.

  • http://www.free-speed-reading.com/ Free Online Speed Reading Test

    The problem with the quality of the videos on youtube isn’t the resolution, its the people who make them.

    • onlyguestnow

      exactly brother. people should make videos in high resolution.

  • http://www.yain.com Edward Han

    With Youtube going HD, we will need to have better quality of high speed broadband otherwise it will slow down. Let’s hope that broadband provider will be able to give us a better price with higher speed broadband connection otherwise we will miss the chance of enjoying good HD movies online.

  • Digital Comment

    I agree with one commenter who stated that the problem with YouTube is not the quality of the videos – the problem rests with the people who make them. Most of the content on YouTube is ‘Talking Head’ rants and blabs from people who want share their opinion about something – this becomes tiresome and pointless. Despite the technology of HD delivery, the sad fact remains that most of the user content on YouTube is largely garbage and not interesting beyond 5 minutes. On the other hand, Hulu is far better quality in terms of BOTH quality of picture and quality of content. YouTube is attempting to create a stable revenue model supported largely by advertisers and it simply cannot be done with user generated rubbish.

  • http://www.zookii.com Zookii

    It was about time they do that.

  • http://www.youtube.com/pnm1941 Priya Nath Mehta

    While the new You Tube will allow videos in HD quality up to 20GB– what about the videos in the lower quality? Currently they do not allow videos greater than 100 MB or greater than 10 minutes. What will be the new size and time allowed in ordinary video like mpeg, wmv ?

  • http://www.outsource2documaker.com DocuMaker

    When you said higher quality — I thought you meant higher **content** quality. :-o (and I went and got all excited for no reason)

  • http://threads.ecrater.com Threads Vintage Woodstock Revival Wear

    Some of the high definition music vids I’ve watched on there lately have been incredible! The quality is outstanding! When I search for vids now, I put HD or high definition in along with the band/song for the best results… try it!

    Especially live performances… better than being there! Okay, maybe not, but you sure can hear the music and see the band better! lol :D

  • http://mxproject.com Frogger

    I hope people will reupload their poor quality videos and make them high quality.

    Finally, Straming video is as good as watching TV without those annoying pixelated videos with boxy video.

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