YouTube Adds Support for High-Quality 4K Videos

At 4096 x 3072 pixels, 4K videos are nearly four times the size of 1080p. Yes, that's huge. And yes, YouTube now supports such videos. It's a feature almost as awesome as the vuvuzela button.

This is how the size of these videos is explained on the YouTube blog:

To give some perspective on the size of 4K, the ideal screen size for a 4K video is 25 feet; IMAX movies are projected through two 2k resolution projectors.

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Because 4K represents the highest quality of video available, there are a few limitations that you should be aware of. First off, video cameras that shoot in 4K aren't cheap, and projectors that show videos in 4K are typically the size of a small refrigerator. And, as we mentioned, watching these videos on YouTube will require super-fast broadband.

There are some videos right here that were shot with a 4K camera so that you can see just what you've got to look forward to. [YouTube via Engadget]