Youtube Is Testing High Quality H264 Encoding

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So, just today I was speaking with a friend who could swear that the quality of a certain video on Youtube was much better than it was when we watched it just last week. Certainly Youtube knows that the quality of their videos needs improvement when others are launching HD video left and right. I dont expect that Youtube will be too far off from supporting HD as well. Certainly an improvement to the quality can be seen as a necessary first step.

Thanks to the forums at videohelp, and to onlinevideowatch, we know that Youtube is, in fact, offering higher quality encoding for certain videos.

Here’s how to use the embed code: Add “&ap=%2526fmt%3D18″ after the two entries of “&rel=1″ (or directly after the video-code-urls) in the embed code. In order to see if your video can be embedded in this higher quality, change the videocode in the example below to yours (video code is MklvJCbajt4 in this example, just replace it with yours)

Here is an example embed code that gives you the fmt 18 version:

<object width=”480” height=”397“><param name=”movie” value=”“></param><param name=”wmode” value=”window“></param><embed src=”” type=”application/x-shockwave-flash” wmode=”window” width=”480” height=”397“></embed></object>

Note that Flash 9 revision 115 better be installed at the viewer’s side.

Here a favorite video from Youtube in this new format:

And here it is in the old format:

When you analyze the new format, you see the following settings for this video:

Format : MPEG-4
Format/Info : ISO 14496-1 version 2
Format/Family : MPEG-4
File size : 36.0 MiB
PlayTime : 9mn 54s
Bit rate : 508 Kbps
StreamSize : 182 KiB
Encoded date : UTC 2007-10-24 00:00:13
Video #0
Codec : H.264
Codec/Info : H.264 (3GPP)
PlayTime : 9mn 54s
Bit rate : 394 Kbps
Nominal bit rate : 385 Kbps
Width : 480 pixels
Height : 360 pixels
Display Aspect ratio : 4/3
Frame rate : 29.970 fps
StreamSize : 27.9 MiB
Title : (C) 2007 Google Inc. v06.24.2007.
Encoded date : UTC 2007-10-24 00:00:13
Tagged date : UTC 2007-10-24 00:00:15Audio #0
Codec : AAC LC
Codec/Info : AAC Low Complexity
PlayTime : 9mn 54s
Bit rate : 112 Kbps
Bit rate mode : VBR
Channel(s) : 2 channels
Channel positions : L R
Sampling rate : 44.1 KHz
Resolution : 16 bits
StreamSize : 7.94 MiB
Title : (C) 2007 Google Inc. v06.24.2007.
Encoded date : UTC 2007-10-24 00:00:13
Tagged date : UTC 2007-10-24 00:00:15


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