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Tony Ruscoe [PersonRank 10]

Tuesday, March 11, 2008
14 years ago5,298 views

Heh. TechCrunch were offering an iPod Shuffle to whoever guessed correctly first:

http://www.techcrunch.com/2008/03/11/what-does-youtube-have-up-its-sleeve-guess-right-and-win-an-ipod-shuffle/

Colin Colehour [PersonRank 10]

14 years ago #

Will this mean I will get high res videos on the YouTube app on the iPhone? Because a lot of the videos look like crap on the phone.

Rohit Srivastwa [PersonRank 10]

14 years ago #

Aah I was waiting for this feature since long
In general youtube quality was very bad.

jilm [PersonRank 10]

14 years ago #

The new API options are even more exciting.

Ondrej [PersonRank 1]

14 years ago #

There's Video Playback Quality setting on My Account page:
http://www.youtube.com/video_quality_settings

Philipp Lenssen [PersonRank 10]

14 years ago #

> The new API options are even more exciting.

Here is the list from the YouTube blog:

<< * Upload videos and video responses to YouTube
   * Add/Edit user and video metadata (titles, descriptions, ratings, comments, favorites, contacts, etc)
   * Fetch localized standard feeds (most viewed, top rated, etc.) for 18 international locales
   * Perform custom queries optimized for 18 international locales
   * Customize player UI and control video playback (pause, play, stop, etc.) through software>>
http://www.youtube.com/blog?entry=yFlR6EEySg8

[With hat tip to http://ReadWriteWeb.com/archives/youtube_expands_api_set.php]

GoogleAnonymous [PersonRank 0]

14 years ago #

allready: 162.000 hits!
It's growing fast.

is it right, that these highjer quality vid's are in H.264 ? I mean, the same version Like the Apple TV get's from YouTube ?

" about 162,000 from www.youtube.com for "watch this video in higher quality". (0.15 seconds) "

Ionut Alex. Chitu [PersonRank 10]

14 years ago #

More like 257:
http://www.l.google.com/search?q=%22watch+this+video+in+higher+quality%22+site:youtube.com&hl=en&safe=off&client=firefox-a&rls=org.mozilla:en-US:official&hs=9is&start=990&filter=0

Tony Ruscoe [PersonRank 10]

14 years ago #

Weird. Using that link, I got 256 results, then refreshed and got 1,950,000 results.

Philipp Lenssen [PersonRank 10]

14 years ago #

Getting 2,480,000 :)

Rohit Srivastwa [PersonRank 10]

14 years ago #

With every refresh I'm getting different values ;)

gerard [PersonRank 1]

14 years ago #

yea i upload my own videos and i noticed the high quality option too..i googled it up and got nothing..it's nice to finally read something about it..thanks!

Joe Siegler [PersonRank 1]

14 years ago #

You can do this manually on any video, if there's a higher quality version available, it'll get shown.

&fmt=18 is the key:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cWuteFLUPSY

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cWuteFLUPSY&fmt=18

gerard [PersonRank 1]

14 years ago #

I actually find &fmt=6 better than &fmt=18..

I'm still wondering why not all videos don't get the "Watch this in high quality" option

Tony Ruscoe [PersonRank 10]

14 years ago #

> I'm still wondering why not all videos don't get the "Watch this in
> high quality" option

I guess not all videos have been uploaded / stored in a higher quality.

Philipp Lenssen [PersonRank 10]

14 years ago #

Now the video quality option is available as general user preference in the settings page too:
http://googlesystem.blogspot.com/2008/03/watch-youtube-videos-in-higher-quality.html

TOMHTML [PersonRank 10]

14 years ago #

it is available since Youtube blog has made it public.

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