How To Watch High Quality Videos on YouTube


#1

How To Watch High Quality Videos on YouTube

High quality videos and YouTube videos are usually considered two separate entities. YouTube is notorious for its low-quality videos, even then it is the world’s most popular video streaming and video sharing website. Probably the reason for the low-quality videos on YouTube is its architecture. First the uploaded videos are converted to flash and then their FLV files are streamed through players which produces the resulting low quality video effect.

Google OS recently discovered a trick that indicates that Google might be secretly working on improving the quality of some YouTube videos.

The trick is to append &fmt=18 at the end of URL of the YouTube video you are watching. This will make YouTube download a high-quality video version of that particular video. The high quality video version will of course be bigger in size and therefore will take more time to load. It shall be encoded at 480×360 with an MP4 format. This trick will not work on all videos but for some it works like a charm.

Example:

Lets say you have a YouTube video with the following URL

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NvQXo4gd12I

Now to watch a high quality version of the same YouTube, you will use the link below

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NvQXo4gd12I&fmt=18

You will definitely feel the difference. You can also use a Greasemonkey script to search high quality versions of YouTube videos for you.


#2

actually these vdo were created for the iphone so they r better in qualty

Apple had a deal with google


#3

This will generally work on newer vids.

&fmt=6 also works, but at a lower quality than with &fmt=18 so that could be useful if you want a better version but don't want to wait more. :)


#4

hhmm intresting


#5

if a video on youtube supports this feature then the "watch this video in high quality" link will be shown just below the video. u can just view the video by clicking it.

Also, you cannot embed high quality youtube vids on your own site yet. Lets see when that feature comes.


#6

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Also, you cannot embed high quality youtube vids on your own site yet. Lets see when that feature comes.
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you can in wordpress

your own post:

http://technodorm.com/2008/06/27/how-to-embed-high-quality-youtube-videos/

:P


#7

This trick is cool but can fmt=10 or 12 or 15 all codes works or 18 is only defined ?