iOS 4.1 features: HD video uploads to YouTube

iPhone 4 and iPod touch (2010), with iOS 4.1, can now upload HD video directly to YouTube. Previously, under iOS 4.0, iPhone 4 videos would be compressed down to SD when uploaded to YouTube. 4.1 fixes that. Just tap the action button at the bottom right and share HD straight up to YouTube.

The process is as simple as checking the HD option on the YouTube upload screen. Note, however, due to file sizes a Wi-Fi connection is required on iPhone 4. (No 3G HD uploads).

If you've tried it out, let us know how it works for you. For more, check out our complete iOS 4.1 walkthrough.

Rene Ritchie

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Jb says:

I hope3g unrestrictor will work with this

HungWell says:

Jailbreak, please. Holding at 4.0.1 wanting stuff like this.

sting7k says:

The videos don't look very good because they are heavily compressed. Doesn't look anything like HD pixelated and choppy.

Espo says:

@HungWell, Im with ya, Im still on 4.0 waiting for a jailbreak for 4.1 so I can upgrade. I would like to see the difference (if any) between uploading with pixelpipe vs. the 4.1 HD upload feature.

Jj says:

720tube for HD uploads

drew says:

Sting7k ur retarded I recorded 720p and uploaded it to youtube Hd and videos come out perfect for me

MAGNUS says:

Wont upload to Facebook in HD. Fail!

jadesimian says:

@Sting7k If you upload a video, you have to make sure it is showing in HD when you view it on YouTube. Click on one of the tabs on the bottom of the video and set it to 720p.

Pat David says:

@ches, @drew:
I just posted a comparison on my blog of the various quality degradations that happen to the video when uploaded to youtube directly from the camera, and by transferring the .mov to my computer first. See here: