Graham submitted a tip a few minutes ago informing me that YouTube users could finally upload high definition videos to YouTube which have the benefit of a much sharper, clearer image and the trade-off that videos are larger which means that a faster Internet connection is required for fluent playback of the videos on the site.
This is however not an official solution yet but more a temporary solution found out by users who discovered that YouTube did not encode certain videos that have been encoded by the user to Flash Video format. Normally YouTube reduces the resolution of each video that gets uploaded which is the reason for the low resolution experience on the site.
If a user uploads a video with the following settings it will not be encoded to a lower resolution. I will post some examples of high def Youtube videos and an instruction video as well at the end of the article:
There are two negative aspects. The first is a duration bug which does not display the right playing time of the video and the second is that it takes more time to stream the contents to viewers to achieve a smooth video playback. The benefits on the other hard are a much cleaner, sharper video that is a joy to watch.
Update: Google has implemented native support for high definition videos on YouTube. Video resolutions go up as high as 4k currently depending on the video source that was uploaded to the site and the web browser that is used to play the videos.
Depending on whether Adobe Flash or HMTL5 is used to play the videos, not all video resolutions may be available.
To check the available resolutions and switch between them, click on the settings icon in the lower right corner of the player window. Here you find the quality menu which you need to click on to display all available resolutions. To switch, simply select a new one. YouTube will automatically switch to the new resolution without reloading the video.
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