updated 09:30 pm EST, Thu November 12, 2009
Users will be able to upload full HD next week
YouTube has announced that it will allow users to upload 1080p HD video content without limiting playback to a lower resolution. The web-based interface will provide a choice between the current maximum, 720p, and full 1080p. The change brings YouTube up to speed with the limited number of video portals, such as SmugMug, that support the higher resolution.
"As resolution of consumer cameras increases, we want to make sure YouTube is the best home on the web to showcase your content," said YouTube software engineer Billy Biggs on the company's blog.
Users can submit 1080p videos to be considered for an upcoming spotlight on the YouTube homepage. The expanded service is expected to go live in the next few weeks. Content that was previously uploaded in 1080p resolution will be automatically re-encoded, eliminating the need to resubmit the videos.