announced that it has doubled
the current file uploading size from 1GB to 2GB to allow users to post more
high definition video content on its massive servers. This is particularly
useful for those users uploading 1080p content that can easily exceed over a
gigabyte, even when re-encoded.
The YouTube team has
also implemented embedding and direct linking to HD versions of video clips. By
appending “&hd=1” to the end of the URL, a video will start playing
in HD as soon as someone follows the link.
There is already speculation as to what the next update will
introduce. Perhaps the maximum HD video resolution (853x805) might be expanded
to fit a more conventional resolution of 1280x720, or a live broadcasting
service feature similar to Justin.tv and Qik.com. Only time will tell.