blog bomb – youtube in HD

OK, apparently YouTube read my latest blog post.  Thanks guys!

But, my brother Jon gets the credit for this one.  Here’s a cut and paste from the Salvia family email chain that rattled cages earlier today.  Jon writes:

FYI, I received a comment on the RNR YouTube page for one of the Donavon Frankenreiter videos. The commenter wrote that the video looked great in HD 720p. I tried watching the same video in High Quality and, well, it didn’t look like HD. After doing some Googling I came across this article from November 20th…http://www.downloadsquad.com/2008/11/20/youtube-experimenting-with-720p-hd-video/

Here’s the Donavon video that received the comment: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VM176Qgzcv0

So test this out. First start watching the vid in Normal Quality. Next start watching the vid in High Quality. To watch the video in HD, the commenter provided this code <&fmt=22> to add to the end of the URL.

YouTube is very quietly testing 720p HD. This is huge.

Dammit Jon, why did you get to be the first one to hear about this!  I’m the older brother, WTF?!  Oh, and Jon also wants me to be sure to let you know that stereo audio is enabled, too.

Anywho, we’re all winners.  Just upload your 1280×720 3-5mbps h.264 128kbps AAC audio quicktime to Vimeo, YouTube, and Motionbox for the most efficient distribution of your HD content.  Then once YouTube processes your video, just add &fmt=22 to the end of the url and enjoy!




Wait, what’s Motionbox, you ask?  Could be the next blog bomb here at proactively.  For now, put on your steel tipped shoes then check out the link here cause you’ll be tippy-toeing the cutting edge yet again.

In the meantime, here’s a few Salvia Bros. productions in glorious YouTube HD for your viewing pleasure:


The Black Keys - Strange Times


Whartscape 2008 - The Mae Shi


Nellie McKay - Mother of Pearl

proactively • blog bombing • peter


For those of you who’ve made it this far, here’s a bonus round: embed youtube HD movies.  Jon’s got the scoop again:

Add &ap=%2526fmt%3D22 to the “value” of the object’s movie parameter and the embed “src” paramater. Looks HD to me but loads very, very slowly. Also, the YouTube embed is still the same 4:3 ratio size. Letterbox bars are included. However, once in full screen it becomes apparent, I think. Try it out for

And not to put his journalistic integrity integrity into question, Jon cited his source to boot.

So lets see some HD YouTube embeds of 5dmarkii footage, Canon HV20 & HV30 footage, Nikon D90 footage, RED One footage!  If you got something hot, post it in the comments!

2 Responses to “blog bomb – youtube in HD”

  1. December 9, 2008 at 10:24 pm

    I have a quick (and completely unrelated comment, though YouTube HD is awesome) question about audio editing in FCP 6. My friend, who uses Sony Vegas, flat out told me that FCP could not edit audio very well. He says that one cannot mix tracks well, use compression and EQ, limiters and bussers and that while it can do it per “event” it cannot do it per track so it is impossible to mix a full project correctly. Any help you could give me would be greatly appreciated.

    Also, do you know if there is a workaround to the importing mpeg-2 files problem? I know you can import into Compressor, export to an h.264 and then import. But is there another alternative?

    Also, I really like your blog; added to my blogroll.

    • 2 psalvia
      December 9, 2008 at 11:34 pm

      Hey Ethan, thanks for dropping by. Unrelated questions are welcomed, even encouraged. Now let’s see here…

      FCP 6 has got a lot of audio editing capabilities built in. You can use rubber banding techniques similar to those found in Avid to key frame decibel level adjustments on individual tracks, stereo pairs, etc. using the pen tool. You can also add filters (we used the echo and pitch filters a lot on America’s Scariest Halloween Attractions). And if that’s not enough, you can always send your show’s audio to Soundtrack Pro which is a much more robust audio editing application and part of the Final Cut Studio suite. However, when it comes down to it for broadcast work, every professional sound mixer I know works with Pro Tools. So you can export an .omf audio file from your FCP timeline and send that off to a Pro Tools suite if that’s what you need to do (and that’s what I do for broadcast work atm). But, you can absolutely mix a full project to -10db (or whatever your required spec is) in FCP, so don’t fret.

      I just imported an mpeg2 QuickTime into FCP 6 just today interestingly enough. Just make sure you’ve purchased and installed the QuickTime Pro Mpeg-2 Component. You can get it here:


      One gotcha I found withthe mpeg2 component install: when I upgraded from OS X.4 Tiger to OS X.5 Leopard and then upgraded to QuickTime 7.5.5 (which is required), my Mpeg2 license expired (or went away or whatever) so I had to buy it again. So just make sure you’ve upgraded to Leopard (if you’re planning to) before spending the 20 bucks. Otherwise, sounds like you’ve got a perfectly good work flow using Compressor to convert to MPEG-4 H.264.

      Glad you like the blog, been working long hours the past 3 weeks so not too many posts, but should pick up again once my vacation starts end of next week. Still want to post a happy holidays FCProse free tutorial, so look for that to show up by the time Santa does.

      proactively • hope this helps • peter

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