Why are old music videos on youtube so low quality?


Just watched the official Bombs Over Baghdad video. I know it is 20 years old but I swear it didn’t used to look like that. It’s not a 640:480 thing either. I could understand if it was a copy of a copy or something, but it’s the official video. I have seen this with tons of musicians and other stuff on youtube.

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Anonymous 0 Comments

Many early YT creators were inexperienced with online videos and likely didn’t know how video compression worked, or the best settings to use when uploading videos to YT. Either that, or the person who was in charge up uploading the video was only given a low quality version due to licensing issues.

Anonymous 0 Comments

A lot of the times it’s also because you have a superior high-quality TV/monitor, you never noticed it before till exposed to the new one. It’s like how a high quality sound system, like the high-end ones tend to expose bad recordings off YouTube. Another example is like how a CRT television the old-school kind your VHS/Dvd looked normal but now VHS/dvd on a high-def TV looks low quality. Especially when viewed on a 4K television.