Happy Turkey Day from Youtube, 16×9 widescreen is now the default viewing experience. Here’s an embed of the In Studio show my brother Jon produces for 103 WRNR in Annapolis, MD.
Embeds are still letterboxed but if you check out this video on YouTube’s site you will see it displayed in its native 16×9 widescreen glory. Note, I am embedding the high quality version by adding “&fmt=18″ to the tail of the video’s YouTube url.
The footage is captured on Canon HV20, HV30, and HF10 cameras as available (thanks again Mike the Mailman!). Shot with a 23.98 frame rate and edited as a multiclip sequence in Final Cut Pro, the key to taking advantage of YouTube’s new widescreen presentation is choosing the appropriate Compressor export setting:
Name: H.264 for iPod video and iPhone 640×480
Description: H.264 video @ 1500 kbps, progressive, multi-pass. Audio is 44.1 kHz, stereo
File Extension: m4v
Estimated file size: 644.17 MB/hour of source
Device: iPod/iPhone VGA
Frame sync rate: 5 seconds
Width and Height: Automatic
Pixel aspect ratio: Square
Frame rate: (100% of source)
Frame Controls: Automatically selected: Off
Codec Type: H.264
Multi-pass: On, frame reorder: Off
Pixel depth: 24
Spatial quality: 50
Min. Spatial quality: 50
Key frame interval: 120
Temporal quality: 50
Min. temporal quality: 50
Average data rate: 1.5 (Mbps)
Maximum data rate: 4 (Mbps)
Sample Rate: 44.100kHz
Bits Per Sample: 16
AAC encoder quality: high
Data rate: 128 Kbps
Or if you wanted to be super efficient, you could use this setting…
…and upload the same compression to YouTube and Vimeo.
So WTG YouTube, now can we get 720p already?
proactively • all HD all the time • peter