1. maxairedale

    maxairedale TrainBoard Member

    I just watched a couple railfanning videos that are on You Tube. One was a link from TrainBoard. All of the videos were out of focus.

    Is there something that happens to the video when it is uploaded to You Tube, or are all these videos just out of focus before they are uploaded?

  2. Mark Watson

    Mark Watson TrainBoard Member

    Yes the You Tube compression is terrible! For people like me who know how to properly compress videos into small but quality file sizes it is really frustrating when You Tube turns it into a complete mess. Unfortunately there is little other options.

    One trick however is to add &fmt=18 to the end of the video URL This is a back door into You Tube's "high quality" version of the video.
  3. BoxcabE50

    BoxcabE50 Staff Member TrainBoard Supporter

    This has frustrated my viewing many times. :(

    Boxcab E50
  4. SteamDonkey74

    SteamDonkey74 TrainBoard Supporter

    i have a video on Youtube that is poorly compressed, but for some reason there is a little button one can push to view the higher quality version, which is much easier on the eyes.

    I don't think it's focus you are talking about, but rather that overly blocky look that seems to result from the compression process.
  5. Stourbridge Lion

    Stourbridge Lion TrainBoard Supporter

    They have a High Resolution Player but I understand it does work embedded so you have to go to YouTube directly to use it right now...

    :tb-confused: :tb-confused: :tb-confused: :tb-confused:
  6. MP333

    MP333 TrainBoard Supporter

    I thought it was just me. Teensy super-fuzzy videos are almost worse than nothing.
  7. Mark Watson

    Mark Watson TrainBoard Member

    In the last few months YouTube has improved it's compression and we finally have HD on there.

    However I've also stumbled upon Vimeo. The quality and especially the user interface is far superior to YouTube in my opinion.

    Check it out and dont forget to join the Vimeo Group for Trainboarders [​IMG]
  8. CSXDixieLine

    CSXDixieLine Passed Away January 27, 2013 In Memoriam

    When I first started posting on YouTube, I had the same problem and figured it was my video editing software. I went out and purchased a high end package (Sony Vegas) but the quality was still poor after uploading. So I figured it must be my camera so I went out laid down a chunk of change on a video camera. Good software, good camera, still bad video quality on YouTube.

    Finally I did a Google search on "YouTube video settings" and found lots of help--in tutorial videos posted on YouTube! Actually there are LOTS of videos on YouTube that address this problem. I watched several, changed my software settings as recommended and re-uploaded the videos with EXCELLENT results. The playback quality of my videos is actually quite good, even when not viewed in HQ mode. In HQ mode the playback quality is excellent. This applies to videos created with my high end video camera as well as videos created when I use the simple video mode of the family digital camera.

    Also remember that YouTube is constantly changing their compression algorithms to keep up with changes in technology such as HD video. However, the YouTube community is always on top of this and you can usually find lots of help just by searching through the vidoes that other users have posted.


    Broadcasting on YouTube since 2007 :)

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