Another thing I don’t understand – Youtube exuberance

So I get the ‘YOU’ part. What I don’t get is all the excitement about ‘video content’ on these sites.

Has anyone noticed the actual picture quality? So Youtube has every weird little video clip, and every TV show you may want. What am I supposed to do with it? On the one hand, we want HDTV and 100″ screens and color accuracy etc. etc. and on the other, we’ll watch 320×200 (or worse) fuzzed out videos with the sound out of sync and cheer about how “cool” it is. I don’t get it.

It’s like the $250 Apple TV box. Now I’m, supposed to take all these tiny, fuzzy, pixelated videos and watch them in Hi-def on my big screen? Yeah, that’s really going to be a terrific experience.

Just when we should have been going UP from CD quality, we got MP3 to set audio fidelity back 25 years. Now, just when we’re supposed to be moving past “standard def” TV quality which eveybody complains about as being so bad, past 480p DVD, etc. instead we get the Youtube “Thumbnail is good enough” phenomenon, with quality that is 1000 times worse than so-called “standard def” along with a box that lets us blow that stuff up 50x on our 1080i Hi-def TV.

How do these states exist together?

3 comments for “Another thing I don’t understand – Youtube exuberance

  1. i think it’s a case of "video" diverging into 2 media. one is "professional", market-oriented, etc., and the other is "confessional", personal, etc. as the technical capabilities of the former are out of reach of the creators of the latter, there’s no way they can inhabit the same ecological niche.

  2. Interesting site, James. The videos certainly look to be better quality than Youtube in most cases, but still not even "standard def" TV. For example, typical seems to be:

    Stream #0.0: Video: mpeg4, yuv420p, 336×256, 29.97 fps(r)
    Stream #0.1: Audio: mp3, 32000 Hz, stereo, 80 kb/s

    (About half standard def TV)

    Mim: Yeah, as I said, I get the "YOU" thing, but even so, any plain consumer cheap video camera records in (at least) standard def TV quality, approx 500×500 30 frames per second. You don’t need studio quality equipment or big bucks for that.

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