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Why your Youtube videos may look terrible

After fruitlessly spending 2 days trying different video editors (DaVinci, Shotcut) and test uploading videos to YouTube over and over (with zero success at bettering YT play quality), I finally noticed something within the “Stats for Nerds” you can see by r-clicking on YT player. Then I found some videos explaining the meaning of what I’d noticed.

Basically, YouTube uses two different codecs when re-processing your uploaded file. So if your channel/videos get a lot of average views (you’re popular, in other words), YT will use the better quality codec (vp9) by default. If you don’t get a lot of average views, they use the lesser quality one. They might even later switch it to a vp9 version without you realizing, if the video becomes popular. Now that’s only a theory – I say that because I’m sure I wouldn’t have qualified for vp9 when I uploaded that Ignis vs. Turtle video, but for some reason it’s vp9 codec’d. Regardless, if you’re someone who rarely gets many video views, the only current reliable way around this is to always upload in 1440 (“2k”), which seems to default to vp9 no matter what.

I don’t know how long they’ve been doing this, but years ago all my pc gaming vids used the avc1 codec – I checked – and still looked good to decent at 720 and 1080. Newer videos using it now look like muddy crap (imo), particularly with fast action motion, no matter what bitrate/compression you use.  So they must have reduced quality settings of that codec as well.

From YT’s point of view it may be logical in some way but it sure is annoying to the uploader. I wish they’d at least allow low-view accounts to have the vp9 codec if the video is very short (like under a minute)  or relatively small upload (less than 50MB) which wouldn’t take tooo long to re-process regardless.

Oh well, at least I know the reason now and can stop obsessing over editors, compression techniques and the like. If you now want better looking videos on YouTube, record and upload in 1440. Got it.   Edit: I tried upsizing a 1080 to 1440 and uploading, doesn’t seem to work, YT won’t recognize it as 1440.

I mean put both of these at 1080 and then full-screen, and see the difference. It’s not only motion, look at the weapon selector text/graphic and such. No these videos aren’t special, they were just good fast-motion tests.  I still think below 1080 looks like crap on anything but small resized windows or mobile phone screens, even with uploading 1440. 😛

Garuda – FFXV + FFXIV collaboration (boss)

ffxv ffxiv garuda collaboration 4k
I don’t play FFXIV, but the Garuda makes a decorative boss. You also get a different version as a FFXV Summon, although I’m unsure if you can only call her in the arena spot where you can farm for the trade currency item. Wouldn’t surprise me if that was the case. (Edit – I was wrong, seems you can randomly get her in open world too)

I took a lot of screenshots for this quest mission and I may upload some more later but I’m battling a monitor/game glitch issue today and ran out of energy for now. 😛

Gladio, Ignis + 4k/60+ gaming is awesome

This first picture is to wallow in how nice it is to play FFXV at mostly max, in 4k. Texture distance, Turfworks, reflections, all that jazz. And it still stays at 60-70fps or higher. You can see the tiny fps number in the bottom right. It’s not hugely different from before, but especially while playing it’s just enough “better” to make it even more impressive.

ffxv screenshot 4k ignis

Next one is just because I liked Gladio posing like this and it looks good.  I did try the RTX DLSS type of anti-aliasing as well but I thought it sucked in this game – although it is better than FXAA in this case. I still vastly prefer the TAA for FFXV.ffxv screenshot 4k gladio

And finally, another one of mostly shirtless Ignis, haha. I like how he seems as if he’s just enjoying a summer stroll in the grass.
ffxv screenshot 4k ignis shirtless

Outside of FFXV, I’ve also played 7 Days to Die in 4k. It runs mostly around 60fps maxed but too many zombies and that game still drops into the low 50’s, but it’s still very smooth. 7 Days is a voxel Unity game in Alpha so I didn’t expect it to do quite as well (at 4k). If I run 7 Days at 1440 it stays above 60fps all the time tho, so it’s good. It’s not the type of game one cares a lot about playing in 4k anyway.

Also, I … managed to squeeze in a 3rd monitor on my desk with the 27″ 1080 at an angle. I wonder if it’ll give that side of my face a sunburn, haha. So, the 4k TV on the left, 1440 in the middle, 1080 to the right. This means I don’t need a monitor switchbox (just KB/mouse switch) and I can see the desktops of both pc’s at once, which is nice. Sitting within this half-circle of tall monitors makes one feel like a chr. in the movies, bouncing from screen to screen. It’s a little more awkward in terms of repositioning the angle of keyboard for typing depending which monitor you’re staring at, but I suppose it works. I still hate Win10. But I love gaming on the new rig. Was it worth all that money? Probably not. But 4k/60+fps on a 43″ right in your face … it’s so niiiiice.

P.S. How does one create a damn double space (or more) under posted images that sticks in the actual published page, in WordPress? Neither < br > or < hr > or simply hitting Enter twice in Visual mode works, since the last WP update. It looks ok in the editor but I hit publish and the formatting disappears. The only way that works at the moment seems to be using < code > and hitting Enter a couple times within it. Driving me crazy.

Ignis saves Noctis from brain drain

Noctis is about to be whacked in the head. Ignis notices and starts to take action! But he’s a little bit late…

But still Ignis manages to knock Mr. Roboto away just in time, and Noctis looks grateful. Either that or he’s saying “It’s about frakking time.” I’m not sure which.

…these are 4k-ish in size, comprised of four 1080’s. Saves posting space sometimes, is all.