Youtube Stretches Their Player to Widescreen

November 25th, 2008 at 12:00 am

I was never particular about video in widescreen format.  Sure it does look good, but I really don’t mind watching an entire movie on an iPod Nano or a Chinese MP4 player.  Online video is not an issue either, I like Youtube and Metacafe or Dailymotion just the same even if their players only take up a quarter of the screen.  Still, they’re all just making it better.

Youtube today announced that they are increasing the size of their player to accomodate 16:9 aspect ration videos, widescreen format.   

We’re expanding the width of the page to 960 pixels to better reflect the quality of the videos you create and the screens that you use to watch them. This new, wider player is in a widescreen aspect ratio which we hope will provide you with a cleaner, more powerful viewing experience. And don’t worry, your 4:3 aspect ratio videos will play just fine in this new player. 

So there you have it.  All the other videos will be using the new widescreen player.

Now it’s no surprise that Youtube is upgrading their player.  Recently they began accepting high definition videos, however those videos were squeezed in to the smaller player which made them a lot smaller, so the bigger player fixes that problem.  More recently too, Youtube announced that they will be posting full length MGM movies for free public consumption.  Now those movies will definitely look pretty in the new 16:9 widescreen player.