YouTube has been offering regular 720p HD videos (1280×720) for a while now, if the uploaded video was in HD as well, of course. Most dedicated video camcorders today records in 1080i or 1080p resolution and next week YouTube will be able to display those as well – all the way up to 1080p.
Billy Biggs, software developer at Google, announced on the YouTube blog, that it’s because video camcorders resolution has reached 1080p that YouTube will now begin supporting this resolution as well.
If you already uploaded videos in 1080p, you don’t have to do it again. YouTube still has the original data and will make it available in the higher HD resolution.
Obviously the users are required to have a 1080p compatible computer monitor to display those videos as well as a computer capable of playing back such high quality video content.
Here’s one of my latest 720p HD videos on YouTube: