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

by Josh Anderson 19 replies
Youtube announced and made the switch to 960 pixel wide page and 16:9 wide screen video format for displaying videos on their site:

YouTube Blog

Traditional 4:3 videos will continue to be displayed but in a wide player.
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  • Profile picture of the author nair
    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?
    • Profile picture of the author Josh Anderson
      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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  • Profile picture of the author nair
    When are they going to apply this?
  • Profile picture of the author Josh Anderson
    They already did. Its live now. All videos even 4:3 are showing in 16:9 wide screen players.
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  • Profile picture of the author milan
    What is the recommended width and height for a video now?
    • Profile picture of the author Josh Anderson
      Originally Posted by milan View Post

      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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  • Profile picture of the author jnapier
    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?

    Jay NaPier
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    • Profile picture of the author Peter Helps
      Originally Posted by jnapier View Post

      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?

      Jay NaPier
      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.

      Peter
  • Profile picture of the author Gaby10
    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-.

    Gaby
  • Profile picture of the author BeInProfitMode
    Ha, good call. I thought my videos looked a little funny this morning. hehe
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  • Profile picture of the author Ephrils
    I noticed this just today.

    Now ALL their videos look out of sync :p
    • Profile picture of the author FrankRumbauskas
      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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  • Profile picture of the author Gaby10
    I've noticed that many old 4:3 videos are not being resized on fullscreen mode. Which is OK.

    BTW,
    BlogBrowser: I think we'll have a bunch of little new products coming because of this change.

    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.

    Gaby

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