YouTube Reportedly Testing 60fps Ultra-HD 4K Video Streaming
After announcing support for smooth 60 frames per second video playback last October, TechCrunch reports that YouTube is testing a high frame rate 4K video.
The TechCrunch report said the video streaming site’s experiment is restricted to a very small group at the moment; this of course, is understandable considering the fact it is still being tested and can only be viewed by users who have the rig.
That shouldn’t be a problem considering the fact that most videos on the video streaming site are not shot anywhere close to that level yet; at least not at the moment. However, cameras with ability to shoot 4k/60FPS footage are not impossible to find, while buying one can be very expensive.
At the moment, the report didn’t say when the Google-owned company is likely to unlock the functionality for all videos. What we do know however is that YouTube won’t have a problem unlocking it. While YouTube won’t have a problem releasing it, the same cannot be said for users or content creators who are shooting their footage in 4K at 60 frames per second. We are most likely going to see more of video game footage that anything else considering the ease of capturing footage at such a high frame rate.
For users whose computers are up to the task or standard, there is no obstacle to checking out one of the 4K, 60 frames per second videos here. However, if you can’t view the option for 4K at 60 frames per second, then you might need to switch over to a different browser; Google Chrome for instance.
It’s good that YouTube is getting the option in early however, as it means they’ll have sufficiently tested the standard well in advance of 4K/60fps footage becoming mainstream.
The new 4K/60fps clips is viewable for anyone, but you will need a display that has the capability to handle 3840 x 2160 natively to actually take advantage of the boosted quality. However, if your rig is not suitable to view the 4K footage then watching the videos will be fairly a complete waste of time however, and will likely look worse than when played back at a lower resolution.
Another major change that is going to take place is that buffer times will also increase with the new video standard. This is based on the fact that there is a significantly higher quantity of data being downloaded with such high quality, high framerate video.