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On sites where you convert a YouTube link to an embedded player (which apparently doesn't include MSO, so I can't put an example directly in this post), can you use 16:9 aspect ratio instead of 4:3? It's much more common these days. Here's an example

How it is today

Example of 16:9 YouTube video embedded in 4:3 player.

How it could be

Example of 16:9 YouTube video embedded in 16:9 player.

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so... why all the downvotes? –  Kip May 30 '11 at 16:02
Downvotes here usually mean disagreement, so people probably don't like your proposal. –  mc10 May 30 '11 at 16:58
Yeah.... not sure about the downvotes on this one? Could someone explain? (+1 so it gets back on the homepage) –  Jon Seigel May 30 '11 at 17:27
Maybe they don't care for widescreen. Maybe you didn't provide a good enough reason. Maybe there's no point. Maybe widescreen isn't as common as you think for those things that are illustrated via YouTube videos. –  random May 31 '11 at 19:39

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up vote 13 down vote accepted

Starting with the next build, youtube embeds will be 640x385px (25px for the player), a 16:9 ratio.

This won't affect existing posts, since the conversion is done at the time of a save/edit. If you want a post to switch to the new format, simply edit it.

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Woohoo! Thanks. –  Adam Davis Feb 24 '12 at 18:20
Sweet, thank you good sir. –  Matthew Read Feb 24 '12 at 18:43

For anyone who would like this, I wrote a Grease Monkey script to fix it. You can find it over on StackApps.

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Thank you for this, +1 for the script –  Maverik Aug 1 '11 at 10:54

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