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Google Nexus One vs iPhone 3GS video quality

Google has recently released their Nexus One smartphone. It boasts may features similar to the iPhone 3GS so I thought it fitting to compare video recording capabilities. Let me know what you think?

First iPhone 3GS

Then Google Nexus One


How to Embed YouTube High Quality and HD video

In a previous post we discussed how to get the High Quality or HD video options in your YouTube videos. Videos played in these modes looks a lot better than the standard low resolution mode. Normally you need to view these modes directly on the YouTube site. The reason for this is, by default, YouTube’s embed code limits you to the normal quality mode. This might load faster but looks unsightly after seeing the other versions.

There is a way to embed High Quality and HD modes in your site but it takes a little cutting and pasting of the standard embed code supplied by YouTube.

I won’t go into it here because Julie Perry over at has put together a short tutorial that explains it quiet well.

Here is the video she put together but you can find her full article at


YouTube High Quality and HD Test

I recently bought a new Nikon D90 DSLR after hearing all the excitement over the new breed of hybrid digital cameras. They have HD video as well as stills capabilities and can take advantage of the great DSLR lenses out there. The main advantage is the ability to get shallow depth of field which has normally been the domain of very expensive video cameras not within reach of the average videographer.

The Nikon D90 is the first of this type of camera and was closely followed by the great Canon 5D Mark II. You can find many examples of the great videos produced by these relatively inexpensive cameras.

So now we have the ability to create masterpieces and watch them on our computers and HD TVs, but what about internet distribution? How do we best share our creations?


TubeMogul Video Embed Code vs Standard Embed Code

Further to my previous post on free video hosting sites, I was asked if the varied results had something to do with the way TubeMogul submitted your video to the different video hosting sites. From what I can tell, TubeMogul sends your video in it’s original format unless some conversion is needed by the receiving site. Here is a chart showing accepted video formats listed by site.

This from TubeMogul’s site:

We accept files up to 500MB, but recommend staying under 100MB. Each video sharing site sets its own limits, but many require you to stay under 100 MB. To prevent any quality loss, we only transcode when required to match different sites’ size and formatting requirements.

Obviously TubeMogul in most cases is not submitting your video any differently to what you would yourself, so I thought it may pay to compare TubeMogul’s embedding code to the default embedding code taken directly from each site. Keep in mind you can modify the embedding code at some of these sites to change the video size and other options. Remember this video was uploaded to TubeMogul directly then distributed to the other sites.

Also, this time I have left the complete embed code intact, as you can see Dailymotion and Veoh add some text at the bottom of your video via TubeMogul while, Yahoo! and Metacafe add text via the code on their site.

An interesting note, Blip’s embed code actually displays the video in full size!

So here goes…

YouTube (using TubeMogul code)


Free Video Hosting Comparison

I thought I’d throw together a side by side comparison of some of the free video hosting services available. I’ll be adding some more over the next few days.

If you are looking for a more elegant media hosting solution, Amazon S3 offers a low cost alternative.

I uploaded the original video to TubeMogul which then distributes it to the other sites automatically. The original video is taken from a Nikon D90 at 720P (1280X720).

I have embedded the videos using the default code supplied by TubeMogul, most of these sites allow you to choose many more playback options.