YouTube to offer 1080p HD video starting next week

Apple Online Store“We’re excited to say that support for watching 1080p HD videos in full resolution is on its way. Starting next week, YouTube’s HD mode will add support for viewing videos in 720p or 1080p, depending on the resolution of the original source, up from our maximum output of 720p today,” Billy Biggs reports via the YouTube Blog.

“As resolution of consumer cameras increases, we want to make sure YouTube is the best home on the web to showcase your content,” Biggs reports. “For viewers with big monitors and a fast computer, try switching to 1080p to get the most out of the fullscreen experience.”

“Have an HD camera? We would love to see your awesome 1080p videos! Be creative and choose subjects that really show off the beauty of your camera,” Biggs reports. “We will run the best examples on our homepage in a future spotlight.”

Biggs reports, “And those of you who have already uploaded in 1080p, don’t worry. We’re in the process of re-encoding your videos so we can show them the way you intended.”

Full article here.

MacDailyNews Note: Here’s a test 1080p video from YouTube:

Direct link to video via YouTube here.

[Thanks to MacDailyNews Reader “James W.” for the heads up.]


  1. Is this actually an improvement???
    . . . . or another case of SPECS over SUBSTANCE and another case of
    creating an underclass of internet users without broadband above 3 Mgs. Low bit depth bit rate starved
    1080 P does not look pretty no matter how loudly they trumpet “but it’s 1080 P, but it’s 1080 P” . . . most of the time
    I can’t get YOU TUBE to play without
    skipping and losing sync in LOW definition. As I said, bad 1080 P IS NOT pretty no matter how much 1080 P lipstick you spin on it. . . . . and YES, of course, bad content is still bad content.

  2. Hi Captain! –

    I think the video quality looks quite fine given the content you find on YouTube. If YouTube’s skipping, that’s your internet connection. Complaints seem unwarranted and not necessary. Of course, I feel sorry for the masses subjected to Star Wars kid in HD.

  3. Wow, that looks terrible. What good is 1080p if it doesn’t get you any extra detail? The brown patch of hair under the dog’s eye had no hair detail. They stripped out the luminance (read black and white detail) and left the color. Looks like a giant patch of orange mud.

    Also, the shadow detail was total crap looking at the nose of the dog. Just a big black pool of nothing. A real 1080p image that wasn’t so heavily compressed would have shown so much more.

    Lets face it, 1080p across the internet isn’t prime time ready.

  4. Let me guess.

    You’re on a huge monitor and clicking the fullscreen icon which stretches the image to 2560×1600 or something bigger than 1080p and bitching that you can see artifacts.

    Anyway, I’ll wait for a sample that doesn’t have suck lighting.

  5. this is such a crock..

    just because the resolution is 1080 doesn’t mean it’s going to look like BluRay… they’re still going to compress the living hell out of it, so it’ll be 16×9 and still look like YouTube.

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