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This article was published on November 25, 2008


YouTube Goes Widescreen

YouTube Goes Widescreen
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Former CEO of The Next Web. A fan of startups, entrepreneurship, getting things done faster, penning the occasional blog post, taking photos Former CEO of The Next Web. A fan of startups, entrepreneurship, getting things done faster, penning the occasional blog post, taking photos, designing, listening to good music and making lurrrve.

Youtube announced on their blog that we would notice a fair drastic enhancement to our YouTube viewing experience. On visiting the site, we would now (by default) be able to view video in widescreen format – designed give the viewer, “a cleaner, more powerful viewing experience”.

YouTube has needed to extend it’s page width to accommodate the new player which caarries a 16:9 aspect ratio. For all videos uploaded in the standard 4:3 aspect ratio, they’ll appear inset, but the increasingly more common 16:9 videos will fill all available space.

To highlight the enhancement we have embedded a fascinating interactive adventure! At every end of the video you are given the opportunity to pick an ending and are then transferred to a different clip. In the words of the great Boris Veldhuijzen van Zanten “Very cool and more interesting than TV…”