Wednesday, December 10, 2008

And the HD Hosting Winner is

The last post linked to versions of an HD test video uploaded to YouTube and Vimeo. Video hosting services don't stream your original video, but re-encode to fit their particular display formats. So quality can vary quite bit depending upon the specifications of the original video you upload and the particular way a service renders into their final format.

Vimeo produced the best image of the two services I tried yesterday and was the least picky about image format. Today, I uploaded to, and in my opinion it's the all around best choice. The image quality is as good as Vimeo, plus it's the only option that supports embeddable HD video (although I don't have the width available here for the full resolution.)

My First HD Video: Persona

I put a very short video together to test YouTube's new HD capability. Unfortunately, I haven't been able to export a format that works well. The video either doesn't register as HD or the encoding is very choppy.

YouTube HD is working now and can be viewed here. The settings that finally worked were:
  • .mp4
  • H.264
  • 5000 kps data rate
  • 30 fps
  • optimized for streaming
  • 1466 byte maximum packet size
The embedded Vimeo clip below is low res. Here's the link to the vimeo HD version.

Persona from Botgirl Questi on Vimeo.


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