YouTube 4K launches to support 4096p videos

YouTube 4K videos tower over IMAX

YouTube 4K videos are here. 1080p videos? Old news. It's time for 4096p videos.

'YouTube 4K' completes the trilogy of announcements made this week by the video-clip streaming giant.

First we had the YouTube Mobile update, then it was YouTube Leanback. Now it's YouTube 4K.

YouTube now supports videos shot in 4K mode, which means a resolution of 4096x3072. As the blog states: "To give some perspective on the size of 4K, the ideal screen size for a 4K video is 25 feet." The blog then goes on to say that IMAX movies are projected through two 2K resolution projectors.

That puts a whole new spin on how detailed and high quality these videos are going to be.

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It was just over 6 months ago that YouTube announced support for 1080p videos which makes 4K nearly four times its size. If a video has been shot in 4K, click on 'Original' in the video quality menu to view videos in anything higher than 1080p resolution.

However, be warned: because of the massive size of the videos, you will require high-speed broadband connections. Otherwise you'll end up with jumping frames while trying to view a 4K clip. We checked.

Another limitation is that because 4K implies the highest quality of video available, not everyone can afford equipment to shoot 4K video or projectors to show them, so for now 1080p HD seems to be people's best bet with which to shoot hi-res video.

With YouTube making 4K video a reality for online video-clip uploaders however, it's possible that might change.

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Via: YouTube