YouTube has quietly started testing out real HD quality videos on a
smattering of its content, a development that is getting attention from
viewers in message boards and blog forums
this week. The new format could be a big move for YouTube, as the video size is over 80MB, which means that they are probably the same H.264 encoded mp4 files available in the iTunes store.
Getting premium quality video available on the site is integral for
YouTube's success as the company struggles to turn a profit from its
vast array of content available online.
The new formats have been available on a few videos for a
few months now, and a small hack can upgrade any video taped at a high
enough quality. YouTube confirms this is part of their efforts to test
out different video formats.
The new format seems like
real HD 720p video and looks clean and professional in the widescreen format.
This is quite revolutionary. I have been waiting for this feature for a long time. Just like Justin Uberti said video and voice chat were added today in gmail.
"We've tried to make this an easy-to-use, seamless experience, with high-quality audio and video. And we've built this product using Internet standards, such as XMPP, RTP, and the newly-standardized H.264/SVC video codec."