I’m baffled. I created a 720p HD video that I uploaded to YouTube just now, but when the site made the video available to view, it was only in non-high-def resolutions of 360p and lower. What happened to the HD resolutions and how do I get this to work properly?
Kudos to you on creating and uploading video content, first of all. While text is still the language of search engines, I think that video is the language of users and a staggering amount of video content is consumed online every day across the world. The result is that smart bloggers and content producers are mixing it up, creating video and uploading it to YouTube and other sites in addition to the other materials that they write and produce for the online community. It’s just a good idea!
As someone who produces a lot of video content, I have long since realized that YouTube has its quirks and oddities, particularly with what’s going on behind the scenes from the moment you first upload a raw video until it’s fully and completely available for view by your friends and colleagues. And that’s exactly what’s happening here in your situation too.
In fact, the solution is ridiculously easy: just be patient.
Here’s what I mean…
I also uploaded a video that I produced in 720p resolution, but when YouTube made it available to view, a first check on the available resolutions produced this result:
That’s not right! In fact, a quick check on the video resolution of the original that I uploaded shows quite distinctly that it’s in 720p:
It’s the middle entry in this Quicktime Inspector view: H.264, 1280 x 720, 48k Hz stereo.
So where did the HD resolutions go? Nowhere. Turns out that HD resolutions are slower for YouTube to process and prepare for inclusion, so the only thing to do is wait. After a period of time — in this case about an hour — a visit to the page reveals that the missing resolutions have magically appeared:
That’s much better. Lots of choices to meet the needs of a variety of viewers.
And this is the easiest solution ever. Just… wait. And it’ll fix itself.
Now if only all computer problems were this easy to resolve.