Working with YouTube

Even YouTube Doesn't Take HTML5/WebM Seriously

I know, I know, Flash is dead, the war is over. We've all moved on to other battles. Still, I had to laugh the other day when I noticed how YouTube was encoding files for some browsers in HTML5 mode.  Here's the story. I was writing another Video Do...

Encoding for Upload to UGC Sites

This is a very basic video tutorial for newbies that details how to encode for upload to UGC sites like YouTube or Vimeo. It's published on, and I've embedded their player in the main article.

Again, it's very basic, but if you've been looking for help getting started in streaming video, you might find it useful.

Uploading SD video to YouTube - exploring the options

My article The Moving Picture: Decoding YouTube Upload Options just posted on It explores the options available when uploading original SD video to YouTube, detailing my conclusions after uploading six files ranging in resolution from 480x270 to 720p.

After reading my conclusions, you can view the test files by clicking over to the article.

Another successful YouTube HD upload

I've been spending a lot of time over the past few weeks testing HP's new Nehalem based workstations, the Z400, Z600 and Z800, and also attending the product launch in Beverly Hills last week. I'll release benchmarks soon, but one of the key features of HP's BMW-redesigned cases was accessibility. That is, if you have 1,000 of these babies installed in a company like ... say ... Dreamworks (where we saw a preview of Monsters vs. Aliens in 3D the day before its official launch), you need to be able to quickly open the case to add memory or to replace a component.

As this video from YouTube shows, mission accomplished. In terms of procedure, I shot the video in HDV, edited in Adobe Premiere and output in Adobe Media Encoder in 720p using the h.264 Apple TV preset (but changing the frame rate from 24 to 29.97). Then I uploaded and waited about 12 hours for YouTube to encode the result in HD (YouTube produces the low res file immediately).

Click HD on the bottom right after the video starts playing to play the HD file, and then click to full screen. That's 720p video at 2 mbps, and it looks grand. I love having YouTube as my content delivery network!

For those who care about such things, the opening and closing music is courtesy of SmartSound, the world's fastest (and best) way for non-musicians to find and create custom length soundtracks for projects ranging from this short video to full length movies.

And, yes, "Rosie," is Eleanor Rose, my youngest.

YouTube does 720P HD using H.264

Here's an overview of YouTube's new HD H.264-based offering, and a deep look at the encoding parameters YouTube uses. If you're producing H.264 video, or post videos to YouTube, you should have a look.

YouTube Means Business

Three disparate companies use YouTube to help market their business. Shouldn't you consider YouTube for marketing as well?

62,000 YouTube hits on a video about a New York Malpractice attorney?YouTube must mean business.

How to Upload High-Quality YouTube Videos

Few people can resist uploading videos to YouTube, whether as a simple way to share their work with friends or to launch a production upon the unsuspecting world. The traditional downside, however, has been video quality that ranged from fair to, frankly, poor.

However, YouTube recently launched a new option that encodes some videos to both standard and high-quality parameters. The difference between standard and high-quality video is striking. Not all uploaded videos get encoded into the high-quality format, but if you follow a few simple rules, it's likely that YouTube will produce yours in both formats. I say likely because YouTube is a bit of a black box, and no one knows for sure what goes on behind the curtain. Here's what worked for me, however, and it should work for you, too.