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YouTube gets with the times - goes 16:9

Widescreen, a much welcomed advance
By: Steve Dougherty | Online Video News | Posted: Nov 25, 2008 11:03 pm
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YouTube gave itself a nice little upgrade a short time ago, which no doubt some of you have spotted already. With the 4:3 aspect ratio mostly being a thing of the past, they decided they should get with the times and allow for widescreen (16:9) content to be uploaded and watched in full aspect.

 

YouTube gets with the times - goes 16:9

 

As a result of this, the site's layout also gets expanded to 960 pixels so as not to cripple the video in any way. Furthermore, existing 4:3 content will not be stretched (rather, you'll just see two black bars on each side) so as to retain the original aspect.

 

A nice move, YouTube!

 

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