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YouTube has doubled the size of standard uploads for regular-Joe account holders to 2 GB from 1 GB. The company told us this afternoon the move was in order to accommodate users’ HD uploads. But despite the size increase, non-partner videos are still limited to 10 […]

YouTube has doubled the size of standard uploads for regular-Joe account holders to 2 GB from 1 GB. The company told us this afternoon the move was in order to accommodate users’ HD uploads. But despite the size increase, non-partner videos are still limited to 10 minutes in length.

Alongside the move, YouTube is also making it easier to share and embed HD videos, something that was possible in the past but only through appending video URLs with some inscrutable code (&fmt=22) that was publicized by a few blogs. Now, it’s slightly simpler: add &hd=1 to any YouTube URL to play in HD (if possible). There’s also a “play in HD” option when you’re configuring an embed code to copy and paste elsewhere.

Barry Schwartz had actually found that his account upload limit was raised to 20 GB today, but a YouTube spokesperson said that the new max is 2 GB. Lucky guy, Schwartz must have gotten in on some user testing for cool kids.

It’s clear that HD videos are becoming a significant portion of the new YouTube library, only six months since the site enabled them. YouTube raised the video upload limit to 1 GB from 100 MB in only September 2008.

  1. You’re kidding me, right? This means absolutely NOTHING to the average Joe. My HD videos that are 9:59 long are never over 1 GB anyway. This is just YT posturing to try to get good publicity. As long as the time limit remains at 10 minutes, it’s a worthless change.

    Why do they have a time limit anyway? If I can fit a 20 minute video inside the 1 GB limit, it doesn’t take up any extra space on their servers than if I split it into two 10 minute videos. Wait, actually splitting it sometimes adds MB’s to the video…so it actually could save them server space if they allowed no time but just a GB limit.

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  3. [...] New TeeVee y no, no tengo pensado hacer reseñas en HD para tardar 20 horas en subir 4 minutos [...]

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  4. [...] to NewTeeVee, YouTube has already made it little easier to embed HD videos now. You can now simply add &hd=1 [...]

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  5. [...] YouTube Doubles Upload Size Limit – Standard accounts may now upload videos up to 2 [...]

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  6. [...] YouTube doubled the upload limit available to users in response the increasing number of high definition videos that are being sent [...]

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  7. Partners can upload 20GB files. Easier if you need to upload a feature length video.

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  8. would be very curious to know how much a change like this impacts YouTube/Google’s financials. Wonder what their projections are in terms of increased bandwidth and server costs, etc.

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  9. Youtube is flexing there muscle here, this increased GB makes no diffrence to the video landscape but just puts it out-there that all the talk about how much bandwith is related to there operation profits means nothing to them,

    Just postilation, not a good sign for investors, film makers or modesty, may be they are a corporation after-all, lets hope real players eaking out a business model of credibility are not to hampered by the Youtube video market created anomoly.

    One small step for Youtube, 10 steps backwards for the video market space.

    Go Google MONOPOLY.

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    1. Google is not a monopoly, but rather the opposite. They compete in many different fields rather than monopolize a single one. Meta-cafe, megavideo, break, etc. are competition. A company is not a monopoly as long as they have competition and Google has competition in virtually every market it takes part in.

      You, sir, have made an uneducated claim, most likely due to some personal issues. Please keep it inside.

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