YouTube Updates

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This past week YouTube revealed three enhancements to their services.

4K Video on YouTube

At VidCon 2010 YouTube announced that videos shot in a resolution of 4096 x 3072 can now be uploaded and viewed on YouTube.  Don’t expect your PC monitor to be the best viewing source for these types of videos either because the ideal screen size for them is a 25 foot screen and obviously using a HD projector capable of displaying that level of video.

Also, as mentioned on the YouTube official blog, cameras capable of shooting that type of video are not something you just pick up at your local electronics store. They are expensive and typically found in the hands of film makers.

In fact the playlist they provide of 4K videos were all shot by film makers with access to a camera capable of shooting 4K. 

If your going to expect them to look amazing on your computer then let me warn you now – you will be disappointed as they look no different that 1080 or 720 HD on a computer monitor – at least in my opinion.  Plus the massive amount of bandwidth necessary will make them jerky anyway.

Not sure what niche this will fill in online video viewing.

YouTube Leanback

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This is intended to let you sit back away from the screen and watch videos in full screen mode.  You can only control the interface with your keyboard arrow keys and the Return key.  So although it lets you push away from the computer your still going to need a keyboard to browse the videos or you can just let them run in sequence but then that kind of defeats the purpose of watching what you want.

YouTube Mobile

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The world is mobile these days and so why not get high quality YouTube viewing in a mobile mode as well.  YouTube started its mobile version back in 2007 with about 1,000 videos and today they now give you near desktop experience on their mobile interface.

The Official YouTube blog mentioned these highlights about the new interface:

  • It’s really fast. 
  • The user interface incorporates larger, more touch-friendly elements, making it easier to access videos on the go. 
  • It incorporates the features and functionality you’ve come to expect from the .com site, like search query suggestions, the options to create playlists, the ability to designate “favorite,” “like” or “unlike” videos directly from your device.
  • As we make improvements to Youtube.com, you’ll see them quickly follow on our mobile site, unlike native apps which are not updated as frequently.

You can also watch this 1:25 video to see what the new interface looks like:

By the way are those vuvuzela’s in the video?

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