Originally Posted by SD90
Bill, my delimma is illustrated by the two computer screen shots shown below. ...........As you can see, Youtube degrades the sharpness and crispness, .......
The solution to my dilemma could be solved if I could find a way to FORCE Youtube or Vimeo to playbackat 480p, but so far I have not heard of any way to do this. Have you?
I have not found a way to force YouTube or Vimeo to do anything! The only way you are going to force your viewers into higher levels is to distribute your creations on DVDs, Flashdrives or DropBox.
That said, on my screen your two shots are not that different. Both have enough color, definition and picture quality to "tell a story" if the story is interesting. In other words, it is a little like the DVD vs Blu-Ray choice at NetFlix. I pay for the Blu-Ray option, but not all titles are available. When I get a DVD with a great story, it stresses me that I spent all that money on equipment in three different rooms so I could watch Blu-Ray HD! If it is any good, a few minutes in and I've forgotten its a crummy DVD.
I read an article not to long ago about how HD TVs have penetrated most homes in the USA. But, what is odd is that most of the HD TV owners to pay the extra each month for HD content. They are perfectly happy watching lots of SD content on their big HD TVs!
In other words, resolution is not what captures the mind of the potential interested viewer. It is, and always will be, the content.
Keep up with your quest for technical perfection SD90. It is a good goal. But, in the meantime, start making some great story telling video!
PS: If you haven't, take a look at what Steve Stockman has to say: http://www.stevestockman.com/
If you get any of what he says on his website, buy his book "How to Shoot Video that Doesn't Suck". In fact, it is time for me to re-read my copy. It is all about making a brain, that never included video in its evolution, to pay attention now that video is here.