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…YouTube is moving to 1080p HD?

Recently YouTube announced that they would be supporting 1080p HD playback on all of their videos, and a music video that featured The Muppets singing Bohemian Rhapsody was one of the first to showcase this new ability:

While it’s exciting to see what a bunch of puppets look like in a higher quality high definition (YouTube has provided 720p HD for a while) it’s the implication of this announcement that really has me excited: streaming 1080p HD television.

Now I’m sure there are plenty of YouTubers out there who would like to think that this change was made for them, but it’s going to cost YouTube a fortune to stream all that extra data (even with the help of Google’s massive server farms) which means they’ll need to be monetizing their content more then ever before. And while Jonny’s birthday and Jane’s recital will surely look better to the grandparents in 1080p HD, it’s the TV networks and the movie studios that will be willing to shell out the big bucks to get their content in front of the millions of YouTube users. Thus, don’t be surprised to see YouTube make a big announcement in the near future of a premium subscription service that takes on the likes of Hulu and Netflix with streaming TV shows and movies in the highest of high definition. (There are already a few older and straight to DVD movies on YouTube, but 1080p should open the door to newer and better content.)

Heck, maybe we’ll even get lucky and Google will announce a 1080p compatible, YouTube enabled set-top box that brings all that new content right into your living room. (And to show Apple what their Apple TV should have been from the very beginning…)

…It’s Movie Monday: Debacle?

Debacle

Debacle is a new video from Nike Skateboarding that’s breaking all the rules with the ability to download an HD copy of the video for free from Nike.com

Debacle was also done in partnership with Adobe, so you can check out a Behind The Scenes video to see what went into making the film:

[Nike Skateboarding – Debacle]

…Obscura Digital augments your world?

Obscura Digital

Obscura Digital turns buildings into giant displays using synchronized HD projectors, and their latest target was the old mint building in downtown San Francisco for the YouTube Symphony.

The software that they’ve developed automatically calculates and compensates the video for distance, angle, surface, shape, brightness, picture shift, and other variables to create a seamless experience, and with some creative minds behind the end design, the result is a building that literally comes to life before your very own eyes.

See for yourself:

[Obscura Digital]

…Video is the new photo?

Megan Fox Esquire Cover

For the June issue of Esquire magazine, Greg Williams used a RedONE video camera to capture Megan Fox for the cover.

The shoot, which apparently involved about 10 minutes of Megan Fox ‘acting’ out various scenes, will be chopped up into an infinite number of potential cover photos, and one will make the cover thanks to the RedONE’s resolution, which is four times that of HD.

Could this be the future of photography as we know it?

[Esquire – Megan Fox Shoot]

…PCs need a lot of legal copy?

Legal Copy

You’ve probably seen the latest round of Mac vs. PC ads, in which the PC character starts talking about the benefits of PCs, but legal copy covers the screen as he speaks. If not, here’s the ad:

As you can imagine, it’s pretty difficult to read what it says during the :30 seconds that the spot airs, but for the curious, MacJournals has transcribed the entire thing (from the HD version of the clip) and posted it for the world to see.

Here’s a preview:

Although broken into paragraphs here, it’s presented in one long fully justified typographical nightmare on screen in four separate chunks. The first appears when Hodgman-as-PC says he’s “an incredibly easy to use PC:”
Please note that when you first receive your PC there is some suggested work that needs to be done before PCs can perform at their peak. These steps include, but are not limited to, downloading and installing necessary drivers for peripherals. These drivers may include printers, scanners, cameras, storage devices, music players, and other media devices. There may be more depending on your needs. It is also recommended that first time users remove all unneeded bloatware and remove all operational components.

For the rest of the text, check out the MacJournals link.

[MacJournals – Legal Copy]