YouTube Experiments With Ultra High Definition Playback
A few months back, YouTube enhanced the quality of the videos it hosts by allowing very powerful 60 FPS video playback.
They’ve decided to go an even step further and shake things up to an almost absurd level. 60 FPS video, on YouTube in 4K.
But of course, there’s a catch. It’s just basically an experiment, for now, and is limited to an extremely tight batch of clips.
Luckily, the very vast majority of videos on YouTube aren’t shot at anywhere near this resolution/frame rate yet anyway. Cameras capable of shooting 4k/60FPS footage aren’t impossible to find, but they’re generally very expensive and are nowhere near the industry standard or norm.
YouTube’s selections of clips are all pretty gorgeous, if your computer can handle streaming them. You’ll need a display capable of handling 3840×2160 to take advantage of the resolution to begin with, but if the rig behind the display isn’t up to par, these videos will look way worse than they usually do. On a brand new Retina iMac, they’re insanely beautiful.