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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.

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Rene Ritchie
Rene Ritchie

Rene Ritchie is one of the most respected Apple analysts in the business, reaching a combined audience of over 40 million readers a month. His YouTube channel, Vector, has over 90 thousand subscribers and 14 million views and his podcasts, including Debug, have been downloaded over 20 million times. He also regularly co-hosts MacBreak Weekly for the TWiT network and co-hosted CES Live! and Talk Mobile. Based in Montreal, Rene is a former director of product marketing, web developer, and graphic designer. He's authored several books and appeared on numerous television and radio segments to discuss Apple and the technology industry. When not working, he likes to cook, grapple, and spend time with his friends and family.

  • I hope3g unrestrictor will work with this
  • Jailbreak, please. Holding at 4.0.1 wanting stuff like this.
  • The videos don't look very good because they are heavily compressed. Doesn't look anything like HD pixelated and choppy.
  • @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.
  • Pixelpipe!FTW!!!
  • 720tube for HD uploads
  • Sting7k ur retarded I recorded 720p and uploaded it to youtube Hd and videos come out perfect for me
  • Wont upload to Facebook in HD. Fail!
  • @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.
  • @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: