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Unread 25th November 2008, 02:42 AM   #1
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Default Youtube changes to 960 pixel wide page and 16:9 wide screen video

Youtube announced and made the switch to 960 pixel wide page and 16:9 wide screen video format for displaying videos on their site:

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Traditional 4:3 videos will continue to be displayed but in a wide player.

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Oh wow, thanks for that catch. Will the original videos be stretched out to fit the player, or will there just be black space now?

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Unread 25th November 2008, 03:04 AM   #3
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Default Re: Youtube changes to 960 wide 16:9 video format

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Will the original videos be stretched out to fit the player, or will there just be black space now?
Just black space.

If YT stretched them they would look like crap and since all YT videos previous are 4:3 they won't do that.

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When are they going to apply this?

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Unread 25th November 2008, 04:42 AM   #5
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Default Re: Youtube changes to 960 pixel wide screen 16:9 video format

They already did. Its live now. All videos even 4:3 are showing in 16:9 wide screen players.

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Default Re: Youtube changes to 960 pixel wide screen 16:9 video format

What is the recommended width and height for a video now?
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Unread 25th November 2008, 04:57 AM   #7
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Default Re: Youtube changes to 960 pixel wide screen 16:9 video format

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What is the recommended width and height for a video now?
640x360 are the dimensions that YT will publish at. 1:1 is preferable for clearest screen capture if you are publishing it to YT.

16:9 if you are shooting live motion.

But you can continue to publish 4:3 or 480x360. The video will just have black space where the empty area is in the player.

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Interesting stuff. Now I've got widescreen video, shot in small screen. Could be a good opportunity to buy a widescreen video camera...does that even exist?

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Default Re: Youtube changes to 960 pixel wide page and 16:9 wide screen video

Thanks for the info. I was getting an unknown error today in YouTube, this explains it.

Fortunately my videos are being produced in 16:9!

Jay NaPier: yes, those cameras are everywhere these days. And they are not expensive at all -same as a "normal" camera a few years ago-.

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Interesting stuff. Now I've got widescreen video, shot in small screen. Could be a good opportunity to buy a widescreen video camera...does that even exist?

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Don't quote me on it, and I think Josh will have a better answer, but I think you just have a regular video camera (digital camera) and they you buy a widescreen lens attachment.

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Don't quote me on it, and I think Josh will have a better answer, but I think you just have a regular video camera (digital camera) and they you buy a widescreen lens attachment.

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On my video camera I don't need any special lens. I can use the menu to select weather I want to record in 4:3 or in 16:9 format. I'm pretty sure any video camera you buy these days will have that option. If you're shooting with a video camera from the 1980's you may be out of luck.

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Ha, good call. I thought my videos looked a little funny this morning. hehe

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Default Re: Youtube changes to 960 pixel wide page and 16:9 wide screen video

I noticed this just today.

Now ALL their videos look out of sync :p

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Sweet!!! My pro HD camera doesn't give me any other choice and it's a pain getting them to show up correctly on YouTube, this is a lifesaver!!

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I've noticed that many old 4:3 videos are not being resized on fullscreen mode. Which is OK.

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Here's the idea: If the size is too wide for a blog, then a new YouTube Video Flash player product could allow the Blogmaster or Webmaster to crop the 16:9 videos into a suitable 4:3 ratio.

Benefits: You upload your video only once, so you save time and avoid losing view count.
(Because if you upload two versions the total view counts will be divided).

Hmm.. I think I'm going to create a player using the YouTube Api and C++, it is not big deal for a good programmer.

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Default Re: Youtube changes to 960 pixel wide page and 16:9 wide screen video

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640x360 is too wide for embedding on blogs
It really is not that big a deal. This does not effect embedding at all if you are embedding your own 4:3 videos with YT. Just adjust the player dimensions.

In fact to correctly embed a youtube video at the you already have to change the player dimensions as youtube has never had the correct dimensions to match the true dimensions of their videos in their embed code.

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Unread 25th November 2008, 05:25 PM   #17
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Default Re: Youtube changes to 960 pixel wide page and 16:9 wide screen video

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Don't quote me on it, and I think Josh will have a better answer, but I think you just have a regular video camera (digital camera) and they you buy a widescreen lens attachment.

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Actually that's not quite right. Wide Angle lenses have no impact on the actual video ratio.

Most higher quality digital video cameras will have standard and 16:9 options.

So even many standard non HD cameras can film in 16:9 my Canon GL2 does for example.

But don't worry if you do not have 16:9 as mentioned standard 4:3 videos will still display just fine on youtube. Most people in the world do not shoot in 16:9 which is why the switch at YT is a bit odd.

However, 16:9 videos won't look so hot embedded in this forum ;-)

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Yes...I was just over at YT and I've noticed the new format. Thanks for bringing this out for us!
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Yeah I discovered this yesterday day!

Moving from4:3 to 16:9 is a really good move on youtube's part!


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Unread 25th November 2008, 09:51 PM   #20
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Default Re: Youtube changes to 960 pixel wide page and 16:9 wide screen video

Like Frank R mentioned above, those who are shooting with 1080i across the board will enjoy this.

The Youtube blog comments seem to be right down the middle...

"I can't believe this, you guys suck...my videos look horrible now!!"
"I'm so glad you guys did this, you guys rule...my videos look great now!"

I can see the blog comments are very valid on both sides with the settings, the way it looks, etc.

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