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How To: Get Higher Quality Videos on YouTube

With Wednesday’s introduction of a whole new developer API for YouTube, the site is continuing to offer some cutting-edge tools for independent video publishers. But many producers are still wary of using the site for any serious serving because of the relatively low video quality.

What many people are unaware of is the fact that YouTube is stepping up the quality of its videos. Select videos on the site are already available in 480×360
resolution — not HD, but better than the old 320×240
format. And sure, the videos still look compressed, but they aren’t nearly as crunchy and "Jpeggy" as their lower-quality brethren.

Also, YouTube isn’t serving the higher quality videos by default. You have to know how and where to find them. We’ve published a simple guide to getting better quality videos on YouTube at Wired’s How-To wiki. It’s remarkably easy. Check it out, and if you have extra advice, log in and add it to the wiki.

Wired How-To: Watch Higher Quality YouTube Videos

A nice, high-quality clip!