How do you make YouTube always play at 720?

piatti

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It's very annoying to keep changing the resolution to 720. I think they used to have this option but now they only have the option to play HD only when the video is full sized.
 

kolax

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It's very annoying to keep changing the resolution to 720. I think they used to have this option but now they only have the option to play HD only when the video is full sized.
You won't notice any improvement until you full-screen it anyway. The default window size for YouTube is 360 pixels in height, so 360p will look just fine.

YouTube obviously disabled that option because it's a waste of bandwidth viewing 720p videos in a 360p window.
 

Suno

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There's no setting to always play the highest quality video, only an option that automatically chooses the best setting based on your player size. Alternatively, there's an option that always chooses HD automatically when you go fullscreen.
 

piatti

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You won't notice any improvement until you full-screen it anyway. The default window size for YouTube is 360 pixels in height, so 360p will look just fine.

YouTube obviously disabled that option because it's a waste of bandwidth viewing 720p videos in a 360p window.
But I do notice improvement without making it larger. Is there some sort of programming hack to get around this? I wish I knew programming to do things like this but don't know how to get started
 

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piatti said:
It's very annoying to keep changing the resolution to 720. I think they used to have this option but now they only have the option to play HD only when the video is full sized.
YouTube wide, has the ability to play YouTube vids in the pop out view on default. But it will only be 480p. Try out clicktoflash. It has the option to load YouTube videos in default 1080p in HTML5. I don't think it will work with flash as your player though.
 

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YouTube wide, has the ability to play YouTube vids in the pop out view on default. But it will only be 480p. Try out clicktoflash. It has the option to load YouTube videos in default 1080p in HTML5. I don't think it will work with flash as your player though.
I installed the clicktoflash but don't know how to use it.
 

Ddyracer

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I installed the clicktoflash but don't know how to use it.
Go to your safari prefs, and you should see something like the first image.

then select the second checkbox.

After you select that, you should get something like the second image.

Next,
click on media player, then select HTML5. Put whatever resolution you want. You can also change the quality, and convert back to flash by hovering your mouse in the upper left corner of any video.
 

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piatti

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Ddyracer, does this work only with Safari? If so, I would like to make this possible for Firefox and Chrome, does anyone know how?

Never mind I saw someone already told me how
 

piatti

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dune17856

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You won't notice any improvement until you full-screen it anyway. The default window size for YouTube is 360 pixels in height, so 360p will look just fine.

YouTube obviously disabled that option because it's a waste of bandwidth viewing 720p videos in a 360p window.
Hi, just wanted to comment that the p in 720p does not stand for Pixels. It's progressive scan rate. Regardless of window size a better scan rate gives a sharper picture.
 

kolax

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Hi, just wanted to comment that the p in 720p does not stand for Pixels. It's progressive scan rate. Regardless of window size a better scan rate gives a sharper picture.
You should re-read what I wrote. I'm talking about the number of pixels being used, not the scan rate. 360p/720p both clearly progressive so I though it was obvious what I was talking about...
 

Tech198

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You won't notice any improvement until you full-screen it anyway. The default window size for YouTube is 360 pixels in height, so 360p will look just fine.

YouTube obviously disabled that option because it's a waste of bandwidth viewing 720p videos in a 360p window.
a waste of who's bandwidth ? Google wants quality but they don't want to fit the bill ? its detail regardless right ?

These days we all want high quality by default. but are picky where we see it ? Which is it ?
 
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