From now on every video on YouTube.com comes in 16:9 wide-screen format. That’s cool.
But all old clips, which were in 4:3 by standard, will appear with ugly black bars at the left and right sides to fill the whole wide space. That’s uncool.
So Google makes YouTube ready for fat movie formats and already made deals with different film studios to show their full-length wide-screen movies online. That’s cool.
But amateur movie makers should now start to produce their videos in wide-screen too, if they want to stay hip. So they need to buy a professional 16:9 Camcorder-Camera-Thing sooner or later. That’s uncool because it’s expensive.
But after all you would own a professional 16:9 Camcorder – which would be cool. Also, when Google sets this new standard for online videos, the industry could quickly reduce prices for professional 16:9 Camcorders to make all the amateur directors stay hip. That’s super cool.
If you have embedded YouTube-Clips in your website: Don’t worry. The old movies will still appear in 4:3 without smashing the layout of your homepage. That’s cool as well.
So people, let me resume: YouTube goes wide-screen and i think it’s cool ;)