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YouTube ups the quality

November 30, 2008 by Trent Morgan

Youtube, if you’re anything like us then this site is responsible for stealing hours upon of your life, brilliant isn’t it? Millions and millions of videos from embarrassing to hilarious, to amazing and back to embarrassing again all available with the click of a mouse. However, since its inception the site has suffered from one major drawback, quality.

I’m not talking about the general level of the filmmaking, erratic though it is, I’m talking about the low res video quality which most of the time leaves videos only really of watchable quality when within the viewing box in YouTube. It appears however, that this is starting to improve with the news that some YouTube videos are being offered in widescreen 16:9 HD.

This has obviously been greeted with delight by the YouTube faithful though some have questioned why the site have neglected to let allow users to embed these HD videos into their own sites as they appear on YouTube. It would appear that if you attempt to embed one of these videos the code automatically reverts to the old 4:3 aspect ratio, chopping out half the action.

An embarrassing blunder maybe, but generally a big step in the right direction.

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