YouTube supports 4K-resolution videos

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Thought 1080p was big in terms of pixel size, well get ready to see something bigger. There is another resolution that is bigger than that, and that is called 4K. While 1080p has a video resolution size of 1920 x 1080 pixels, 4K has a video resolution size of 4096 x 3072 pixels.

As the YouTube guys explained in their blog, it is even bigger than IMAX films.

“We always want videos on YouTube to be available in the highest quality possible, as creators intend,” YouTube engineer Ramesh Sarukkai, said.

There are a couple of downsides. Ramesh explains that 4K cameras aren’t cheap so you are most likely not going to encounter such films until the price – whenever that happens – gets cheap. As well, it requires very fast internet speeds – so Australia, don’t expect to see any of this any time soon. (I’ve only seen a few seconds worth and it was all jittery for me).

However, if you want to see this, YouTube has offered a couple of films that utilise 4K, and you can see them on a special playlist. In order to activate this, just go to the option where it states “360p” and change it to the “Original” selection.