Starting next week, YouTube’s HD mode will add support for viewing videos in 720p or 1080p, depending on the resolution of the original source, up from our maximum output of 720p today.
“As resolution of consumer cameras increases, we want to make sure YouTube is the best home on the web to showcase your content. For viewers with big monitors and a fast computer, try switching to 1080p to get the most out of the fullscreen experience,” YouTube software engineer Billy Biggs said in a blog post.
The company also announced they are in the process of re-encoding all the 1080p videos users have already uploaded.
YouTube will highlight top HD video snippets on its homepage.
Here is the 1080p sample video