YouTube has supported 720p video for a while now, but if you have a monitor that’s more than 1280 pixels wide, then you’ll be happy to know that YouTube has been rolling out 1080p support for the past week or two.
So what’s the difference? See for yourself using this hilarious example of The Muppets covering Queen’s Bohemian Rhapsody. Click on the little “HD” button in the bottom-right of the video frame, select “1080p”, and then press the fullscreen button. Of course 1080p video itself is nothing new, however it is something that’s rather rare when it comes to streaming video. I for one am incredibly happy that YouTube has decided to move into the future instead of lagging behind like they have in the past when it comes to video quality.
Now if only I could choose 1080p from the embedded version…
I tried to watch it, but a combination of Crappy Linux video drivers, crappy Flash implementation by Adobe and a slowish processor made even the 720p version choppy after a few minutes. *sigh*
640×480 should be enough for everyone! 😉