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Sunday, 11 July 2010 19:16

YouTube now supports 4K video

Written by Fudzilla staff


Pointless, but impressive nonetheless
YouTube has proudly announced that it is now capable of handling 4K video, despite the fact that nobody can actually watch it in all its glory.

In fact, you would need a refrigerator-sized projector to handle the full 4096x2304 resolution and considering the state of the real estate market you would probably have to sell your house to get one. For example, Sony's VPL-FH300L, which is merely a 2K projector costs €16,000, or as much as a mid-range car. Producing 4K video is a bit cheaper, as you can get a Red One camera for just $17,500, without the lens, of course.

Pointless as 4K support may be to the great unwashed, we have to take our hats off to the YouTube team. The sheer amount of CPU/storage resources and the bandwidth needed to pull this off is nothing short of breathtaking.

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+10 #1 dicobalt 2010-07-11 22:49
The only problem is that their supposed 4096x2304 video looks sub 720p when it plays back. Compressing a video too much negates the fact that it is HD. Even the 720p doesn't look decent. The pixelization reminds me of 1996's Wing Commander 4 video quality. YouTube can't or wont deliver the bandwidth needed for real HD content. YouTube can quote all the HD resolutions they want, if the bitrate is too low it doesn't matter one bit.
 
 
+6 #2 BernardP 2010-07-12 04:02
To the pertinent remarks of dicobalt, I might add that YouTube's available bandwidth is clearly overwhelmed at peak hours. I'd rather watch the 360p version *now* than wait for repeated bufferings of the 720p version.
 
 
+5 #3 yourma2000 2010-07-12 12:25
it looks worse than 1080p, Youtube aren't providing the corresponding bitrate for the videos resolution, looking at the info of the video, 957kbps isn't what would seem high enough for 1080p, let alone 4K, a pointless feature until the bitrate cap is removed
 

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