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Is there an easy way (I probably know of an hard way, which I'll explain later) to play a video from YouTube at the exact size the video was recorded? (admitting that I've got a screen whose size is at least equal to the size of the video)

I'm asking because I'm watching a lot of screencast about programming and the resizing is really terribly bad if you put, say, a video recorded in 1440x900 in "full screen" on a 1680x1050 screen. It's more than noticeable with video containing lots of text written in gorgeous fonts that have amazing hintings for rendering a small size, where every pixel (and sub-pixel anti-aliasing / rgb decimation) does matter a lot. These nice fonts become totally ugly when played in "full screen" if the size doesn't match the one of the video.

On the contrary, when I watch in "full screen" on my 1680x1050 a screencast which was recorded in 1680x1050, then the result is nothing short of gorgeous.

Lots of players (like VLC) can play in various sizes, including "1:1" and "full screen". Does YouTube offer a 1:1 playback feature and, if not, how can I still do it?

One way I'm thinking of (and I'm willing to automate that only to get that feature, because it's very important to me) would be to determine what is the size at which the YouTube video was recorded (how would I do that?) and then create a VNC server of exactly that size and then launch a browser and YouTube inside that VNC server.

I guess this would word but it's a bit cumbersome.

So where's that magical setting YouTube that allows to play a video exactly at the size at which it was recorded?

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A 1440x900 video played on a 1680x1050 display should not look bad unless the scaling algorithm in use is horrendous. –  Flimzy Nov 2 '13 at 13:40

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