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Ed Welch

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I had really an awful time trying to put together a decent trailer video for the demo that I just released.

Apart from all the trouble I had trying to figure out how to use various video editing tools, the quality of the uploaded video on youtube seemed very bad compared to what it should be, so I did some screen captures and compared the result side by side.

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What I found is that youtube used SD (i.e. low quality) by default, which is very bad. You have to specifically select HD from the embedded youtube video to play HD quality, which few people actually do. But even youtube HD is pretty poor quality. You notice in the image above the colours look washed out. The soldier in the middle looks like he is in black and white. Vimeo has better quality as you can see, unfortunatly vimeo can't be played in full screen mode in these blogs. Still, I'll take it. After spending so much work getting the graphics just right, the last thing I want is youtube crappifying my game trailer.

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So the catch is Youtube *embedded* videos are SD by default. They assume it's in a little box on a blog/forum site and nobody's really looking at it anyway. Even on HD they crank up the lossy compression. Nice.

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