Tuesday, December 30, 2008

HD - Youtube vs. Vimeo


For my starfish project, I pulled out an early test of caustic lighting which I had rendered in 720p HD (it's pretty ugly, I know). I was curious to compare Youtube's new ability to upload high def videos, to that of Vimeo.

While this test is far from conclusive, I uploaded a file that met the recommendations for both sites (1280 x 720 24fps h.264 .mov file at highest quality), and the results are pretty apparent when viewed fullscreen:

HD test - Youtube
HD test - Vimeo

Youtube's "HD" mode is barely better than the normal resolution, while Vimeo is nearly crystal clear. In Youtube's defense, there is some really sharp-looking hd content on their site, so there might be a way to get nice results. If you know how to do it better, leave a message in the comments. For now I'm sticking with what works.

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

it's not a youtube HD mode. it's HQ mode. your upload doesn't meet the youtube's minimum req. test again.