Is 4K Video Worth It (on YouTube)?

Video resolution has come a long way since the days of camcorders recording on video tape. But the drive for higher resolutions has woken everyone up to the fact that when it comes to networking files and uploading them to the Internet, "bigger" isn't necessarily better. So what's the solution when it comes to an efficient and effective workflow. 
The folks over at linus techtips have thought about the issue of workflow and resolution long and hard and have drawn a few interesting and somewhat unexpected conclusions regarding the most efficient and highest quality recording and viewing options. 
When it comes to putting 4K videos up on YouTube, linus techtips has pondered this as well and, as can be seen in this video, they've approached the issue of 4K video destined for online viewing with down-sampling and up-sampling solutions that can take advantage of YouTube's inherent characteristics. 
The big take away here is that it’s best to upload your videos to YouTube in 4K, even if that means upscaling your original project file from 1080p HD. The reasoning behind this may not be what you expect, but the logic they present is solid and surprisingly straightforward when you get past the nitty-gritty of the technical details.
Watch to learn all those geek-speak details:
Marshal Rosenthal
Marshal Rosenthal
Marshal Rosenthal is a Los Angeles-based freelance writer and journalist specializing in technology, consumer electronics and pop culture. Past accomplishments include editing of home theater and video gaming publications domestic and international, operating a NY photographic studio specializing in children/product and providing graphic imaging for video game box art, manuals and related.

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