Monday, December 15, 2008

Why isn't it all High Quality?

I know it looks like I posted the same video twice, or maybe Steve Garfield has required me to put his picture on my blog twice.

No, I am just showing that when you embed a video from youtube it automatically uses the lesser quality version.

Watch if you dare:

Low Quality.

But there is a way to use the higher quality video in embeds, but you must add some code.

Watch the difference:

High Quality.

To bypass this, when you get your embed code, add this snippet "&ap=%2526fmt%3D18" to the end of the two urls in the code. (Without the quote marks.)

My question is why aren't all of youtube's embedded videos high quality? Why do you have to click on the high quality link on youtube's site?

Well, youtube, what do you say to that?

Thanks to Make Magazine Blog.

1 comment:

CleggoMyEggo said...

Because YouTube is the MySpace of video streaming sites. They were the shit at one point, the only player in town, now they are slowly being taken over by other sites (vimeo, hulu, etc.) that are making necessary changes to improve user experiences. They go to big to fast and now can't change anything. Or maybe they are just controlled by the same Hitler esque people that control Starbucks.


YouTube is to MySpace what Vimeo is to Facebook.