i put together some videos (of footage from my south america trip mixed with music i made) and put them up on youtube (well, one so far).
the problem is that the videos dont fill the screen. (even though the aspect ratio is the same)
the footage was shot in 16:9 (with my digital camera which can shoot 16:9 video at 848 x 480 30fps to .mov files)
i made the videos with windows movie maker, and tried various output options but the only one i can see that doesnt stretch the image is the default one which adds black bars on top and bottom (inturn making the video a 4:3 ratio)
when i upload to youtube, it treats the video as a 4:3 video, and adds black bars on the sides.
so even though youtube supports 16:9 ratio, i dont know how to crop (or re-render the output file?) so that all available retail space is used.
heres the example:
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Have you tried make the video in a 16:9 resolution/frame size?
If not then go to http://www.papajohn.org/ and check under Save Movies -> Custom profiles and see how to make your own custom profile. Make a profile for a 16:9 resolution/frame size like 848x480.
here is the new version of the same video:
it definitely fills the youtube screen... however i cant help but think that the actual quality is worse... at first i thought it was cause its a bit bigger... but im not so sure.... i can see other videos on youtube that have better resolution.
and the output file that i use to upload to youtube was great quality... 848x480
very crisp and almost 400 meg file for a 5minute video
youtube would produce better quality if you uploaded h264 mp4 video with aac audio. the higher the mp4 bitrate the better the results will be. think of 4mbps as a minimum. for a hq link it has to be 480p, a hd link needs 720p video.
Originally Posted by minidv2dvd
Originally Posted by manono
I understand now. Even for videos uploaded as recently as today I get the HQ button. But the difference is that I'm uploading XviD AVIs. Thanks for clarifying, although I probably should have spotted it when you recommended uploading H.264 MP4s.