Watching videos in 4K UHD on YouTube gets much easier thanks to new Chrome Settings

by on May 15, 2015

Stephan Jukic – May 15, 2015

Though it may be surprising to some readers, the ability to both upload and watch full 4K ultra HD videos onto Google’s YouTube has actually been around for some time now, since 2010 to be exact. However, while the content has been there in some form during all that time, actually being able to stream it easily or even view a 4K video’s full resolution was a different story.

For starters, 4K monitors that are reasonably accessible to the general public have only been around since last year and even more importantly, internet connectivity powerful enough to handle the heavy data-loads of a full 4K UHD clip of content (2GB per minute of video) is even now only sparsely available in many places.

Thus, this is why Google is doing its part to promote their own collection user-generated of 4K content and while spreading their massively powerful Fiber Internet wider and further across the country would be a wonderful solution, for the time being the company is making 4K easier to reach thanks to a new video rendering algorithm for YouTube’s content in ultra HD.

The feature was recently highlighted on the blog of Google developer Francois Beaufort and offers a simpler, more fluid means of playing 4K and even Full HD features in the Chrome browser for those of you who might be suffering from a bit of stutter.


Chrome is making playing 4K video content on YouTube into a smoother experience

Chrome is making playing 4K video content on YouTube into a smoother experience

To quote the blog article itself:

“The chromium team is currently working on smoother video frame rendering for HTML5 videos in Dev Channel. You can try it now by enabling the experimental flag named “New video rendering path for video elements” at chrome://flags/#enable-new-video-renderer and restart Chrome.”

This little procedure means that in practical terms, if your computer was just barely making 4K UHD resolution work at 60Hz but with stuttering, it should now run the video sequence smoothly, assuming of course that you do actually have a 4K monitor that can run video at 60Hz and a UHD-capable PC to which the monitor is connected.

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