Monday, April 28, 2008

YouTube High Quality Setting

I wrote recently that YouTube now has a link to "watch high quality" videos. I did a little research and I found that by default YouTube decides whether to serve low-quality or high-quality videos based on what it thinks your connection speed is.

You can override this setting by going to the My Account section and clicking on the Video Playback Quality link near the bottom right. You have three options:
  1. Choose my video quality based on connection speed
  2. Never play high-quality video
  3. Always play high-quality video, if available


1 comment:

Saintjohnrailfan said...

Thanks for that info, I didn't even know that there were settings which could be changed. I just assumed that it was based on whether or not the video itself was done in HQ or not.

Personally, I do my videos on my digital camera(which only records at 320x240, I believe). When I edit it in movie maker, I save it as a 640x480. It's kind of deceiving though, because my HQ videos aren't really HQ at all. I guess when uploading, youtube makes the video quality worse than it actually is.

-Matt (saintjohnrailfan)