YouTube Beginning To Up Video Quality

YouTube which announced plans to increase video quality at NewTeeVee Live in November has begun offering higher quality encoding for certain clips.

While this is clearly still in the testing stages and there hasn’t been an official announcement, the folks over at have figured out that adding &fmt=6 or &fmt=18 to the end of a video link returns a H.264 encoded clip at 480×360 resolution with a bitrate up to 850K.

I was going to throw up a side by side comparison but getting the embed code to work is iffy, check them out on YouTube instead:

Low Quality
High Quality