For more than half a year now YouTube has supported 1080p videos but today they raised the bar even more by supporting native resolution videos up to 4K or
4096p 3072p (4096×3072) 2304p (4096×2304). While cameras that actually record in this format are quite a bit out of the grasps of the average YouTuber this allows for much higher quality content to be uploaded and stored on YouTube’s servers and in turn be delivered to viewers. Five years ago HD cameras were too pricey for most consumers, who knows where we will be in five more years.
Just to give some perspective on what exactly the size of 4K is, the ideal screen size for a 4K video is 25 feet and IMAX movies are projected through two 2k resolution projectors. So what this means is it will look *really* crisp on your 15″ laptop screen.
In order to try this feature out, on any video that supports it pick “Original” from the format selection popup on the youtube player. Since there are so few videos currently in this format a playlist has been created to feature them.
(Note: Embedded player does not support 4k yet. Watch on YouTube)
UPDATE: Thanks to all those who have written in saying 4096×3072 is actually 3072p not 4096p. Originally on YouTube’s announcement post for this feature they referenced 4096p as being the format which is why we used it here as well. The correct way to refer to this format is just 4K, or 3072p if you want to think of it in those terms.
UPDATE 2: It looks like YouTube updated their specs on what they support again changing it from 4096×3072 to 4096×2304 or 2304p. Still impressive, but it’s starting to lose the coolness a little. Thanks to Quboid for the tip.
[via youtube's blog]