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YouTube testing 60fps Ultra High Definition 4K video playback

Check out some of the videos.

By Dileep Thekkethil

BENGALURU: Last year, YouTube started the initiative to boost the quality of its videos to 60 frames per second (fps) from the age-old 30 fps, thus offering a better viewing experience to the users. Now the Google-owned video-sharing website is taking it to the next level by increasing its quality to 4K.

Even though the update process is in the early stages, YouTube has made available a select group of 4K videos that play on 60fps, popularly known as Ultra High Definition videos on an experimental basis.

Not all videos uploaded on YouTube qualifies for the resolution and frame rate of a 4K clip but, as the technology advances further, cameras, capable of shooting 4K Video at 60fps will enter the market, making the production less expensive than today.

If you want to experience the full potential of a 4K video at 60fps it is essential to have a computer that can handle 3840×2160 resolution videos, the best being Apple’s iPac with a Retina Eye display. If you don’t have one of those standards it is better to reduce the quality as it might look awful and messy on other screens that cannot render such videos.

Here are two examples of 4k/60fps videos on YouTube. Depending on your bandwidth YouTube automatically sets the quality so manually override this by selecting the 4k60fps option in the settings of the video.

If the rendering is not as cool as you think on your computer, just chill, a majority of users have the same issue as they fail to meet the minimum qualities for rendering a 4K video in 60fps.

For those who want their videos to playback in 4K /60fps quality the answer is – you can’t. Youtube has selected 6 videos in this experimental stage and even if you upload a video with all the qualities it won’t render in the 60fps quality, at least for now.

To watch the YouTube’s handpicked series of 4k/60fps videos visit the playlist.

Earlier these videos were inaccessible to the users but of late YouTube has made changes in the codec making it available for the users with reasonable bandwidth to stream online.



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