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VMPhil9,428 posts since 31 Mar 2005
Granada North West Today
This is perhaps a bit of nerdy technical question, but does anyone know why a lot of 4:3 footage uploaded to YouTube ends up at a resolution that isn't actually 4:3? Instead of 640x480 I often come across videos that use 600x480, which is not quite 4:3 but it's not square/Instagram format either (1:1). What encoder is putting out videos in this odd format?
VMPhil9,428 posts since 31 Mar 2005
Granada North West Today
Presumably that's what happens when they upload files at 704/720x576 and 720x480 resolution and YouTube treats it as square pixels. I always convert them to 768x576 (or some other proportional resultion, like 960x720 so I can get 50fps playback) first, but lots of people probably don't.

I was wondering if it was to do with conversion from UK format to US 480p. But I haven't had that problem when uploading videos recorded from TV before, so I guess the software I use outputs them correctly.
Neil Jones5,137 posts since 23 Dec 2001
Central (West) Midlands Today
YouTube seems to have started trying to eliminate black bars completely where possible when you play videos through the browser, and it just looks incredibly odd when you're so used to seeing that sort of material with black bars at the top and bottom. I came across a 2.35:1 ratio film of something a short while back and it was so awkward to watch without black bars I had to blow it up to full screen to get them back.

I still (and probably never will) have no sympathy for people who think squashyvision and stretchyvision are acceptable ways to watch archive TV programmes though.
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