YouTube to get 1080p support next week

YouTube is the most popular source for video on the Internet; it has dedicated apps on a few smart-phones, millions of hours of video and it keeps getting increasingly popular. It can also display HD video, but next week, that will get even better with full 1080p support coming.

The announcement, made on this blog, stated, "As resolution of consumer cameras increases, we want to make sure YouTube is the best home on the web to showcase your content," then recommended that, "viewers with big monitors and a fast computer, try switching to 1080p to get the most out of the fullscreen experience." It's a nice step for the website, and fret not those of you who have already uploaded 1080p video that was downscaled: YouTube is in the process of getting it ready for the activation of the feature next week.

YouTube's got a video already displaying 1080p, found here, which we'll save embedding due to the large size. Be sure to check out some new HD videos next week when 1080p will be fully available.

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I've lived without 1080p YouTube videos for quite some time now. I'm sure I'll be able to live without them for a while longer if the performance is terrible. Is 720p really not enough for you people?

honestly... it's JUST YouTube. i think it's semi pointless to get 1080p video on YouTube since YouTube ain't exactly like your watching a real HD file like a 720p x264 movie file or anything of that sort.

i personally think they are just wasting bandwidth. anything near 720p would be plenty as YouTube is better for simple videos and not nothing super fancy.

Jose_49 said,
They should have 1600p support and no more ****ing in another few years.

Are there even any media (except wallpapers) out here in 1600p?

Hah, with ClickToFlash accessing the H.264 directly, it's smooth as butter. When I let the Youtube Flash player play it instead, it's choppy and horrible. God, I hate Flash.

The next version of Flash will do video decoding in hardware, Nvidia and ATI have been showing it off.

I assume it will be launched fairly soon, if YouTube's pushing ahead with 1080p H.264 content.

I don't know what's the use of this 1080p possibility in the reality where YouTube servers/connections are overloaded and can't often provide a stable SD stream.

tom5 said,
I don't know what's the use of this 1080p possibility in the reality where YouTube servers/connections are overloaded and can't often provide a stable SD stream.

true that.

tom5 said,
I don't know what's the use of this 1080p possibility in the reality where YouTube servers/connections are overloaded and can't often provide a stable SD stream.

I'll agree with this. With the amount of money Google has, you'd think they'd buy a few more servers for Youtube to offset the HD streams.

tom5 said,
I don't know what's the use of this 1080p possibility in the reality where YouTube servers/connections are overloaded and can't often provide a stable SD stream.

This man speaketh the truth!

What crappy performance! Silverlight can handle 1080p HD content a lot better than Flash, apparently!

Yea for once I gotta side with Silverlight. It's a hell of a lot better with performance than Flash is. Flash is bad enough, 720p is worse, 1080p I don't even want to attempt it.

Why can't they just go with open standards and steam the damn mpeg4 directly.

Xero said,
Yea for once I gotta side with Silverlight. It's a hell of a lot better with performance than Flash is. Flash is bad enough, 720p is worse, 1080p I don't even want to attempt it.

Why can't they just go with open standards and steam the damn mpeg4 directly.

+1. Hope, but flash prevailed and that's what is being used due to compatibility reasons

I can understand supporting it for compatibility but they already have the ability to stream them natively. If they'd only create an option under settings to load videos without using Flash. Then people can 'opt out' if they choose to.

This would be the perfect time to move to silverlight.
Offer the 1080p HD content for silverlight users... it would certainly drive adoption

Remote Sojourner said,
HTML 5 when the spec is finalised

This uses Theora codec which is less efficient and slower than H264 used in Flash and Silverlight. It will be horrible downgrade for everyone!

tereshchenko said,
This uses Theora codec which is less efficient and slower than H264 used in Flash and Silverlight. It will be horrible downgrade for everyone!

Fix: Firefox supports HTML 5 video with the Theora codec. However, Google Chrome does HTML 5 video with H.264. The codec to use is not part of the standard and, in fact, a browser can support multiple codecs for the HTML 5 video tag. They once tried to get everyone to use a single codec, but those efforts broke down.

Remote Sojourner said,
And why should they do that? I dont want another plugin in my browser.

I'm with you, mate. I hate it when new stuff comes out, and its better so I have to install it. Why can't technology just stand still FFS!?!?!?!

Shadrack said,
I'm with you, mate. I hate it when new stuff comes out, and its better so I have to install it. Why can't technology just stand still FFS!?!?!?!

lol

Remote Sojourner said,
And why should they do that? I dont want another plugin in my browser. i would rather have them wait and then move to HTML 5 when the spec is finalised.
Dailymotion is already on that way http://www.dailymotion.com/openvideodemo

then go back to the days of internet explorer 4 if you're not interested in moving along to the latest and greatest technology. It's people like you who keep IE6 in existence.

Mac users have some app called ClickForFlash that replaces YouTube's built in player with QuickTime. I wonder if there is anything like above for Windows?

Stonos said,
YouTube should really get rid of Flash and make their own hardware accelerated player

Or they can just wait for the next version of Flash.

Funny that, I ran this on my laptop, with an intel celeron 2.16ghz and 3GB RAM with Intel GMA graphics built in. I had no problems at all, I ca't believe anyone had any problems with this. So I tested it on my main rig with 3.6ghz Q6600 and a 7400GT 512MB with my 26" HD LCD Monitor and noticed no difference what so ever, on either systems from a standard DVD. You don't need an i7 processor to watch this.

I'm running a C2D 2.4Ghz with 2GB RAM, Vista 32bit, and Intel Integrated built in, and definitely noted the lag in that 1080p video. Worst thing is, I know getting a new graphics card won't help this situation one bit

If you want to download the video itself, here's the link (grabbed it out of Opera's cache; YousableTubeFix hasn't been updated yet):

http://v11.lscache8.c.youtube.com/videopla...d4335dbce13a857

I'm not sure if it's either Flash having terrible performance problems, Youtube not enabling GPU acceleration, or something else, but watching this video within any browser gives terrible choppy performance and pegs the CPU past 80%, even at its default size and not fullscreen. Open it up in say WMP12, and CPU usage is at an average of 45% with acceptable performance. This is on my laptop with a 2 GHz C2D mobile T7200 and a GeForce 7400 Go.

Flash decodes H.264 in software and scales in hardware (next version will do both in hardware)

At least it's multi-threaded, so it puts both of my cores to 80% and not just one of them.

Man, the bit rate sure is disappointing on that video. Only 3657 Kbps.
Why even bother with 1080p, if the quality is so poor?

LOL Yes, it's the computer. It unable to handle so much data that a 1080p video needs to play smoothly. Maybe we need a better graphics card.

Damn that image quality is perfection!