Youtube Video Quality Types, Which One is Best?

eny_X February 4, 2010
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What is the best format/type of youtube video to download to receive the best audio bitrate? I prefer to download with firefox add-on Video Download helper

  1. Ranee Zhang
    February 24, 2012 at 9:56 am

    I think 1080p HD MP4 file is the best choice.  However some youtube videos doesn't have this choice. You may try 720p MP4 file. My tech buddy told me that also stick with MP4 format.

  2. pceasies
    July 12, 2010 at 12:14 am

    Normally the better the video, the better the audio. Pick the highest quality/resolution available for a video type and get the best audio. Cell phone / 3gp is going to be terrible. 1080p and 720p will offer pretty decent audio.

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/YouTube#Quality_and_codecs
    Doesn't mention bit rates (some are variable), but gives a good indication of quality.

  3. Anonymous
    February 4, 2010 at 7:26 am

    Some video formats work best and are most compatible with certain computers, software or devices.

    * Windows Media Video (.WMV)
    * .3GP (cell phones)
    * .AVI (windows)
    * .MOV (mac)
    * .MP4 (ipod/psp)
    * .MPEG
    * .FLV (adobe flash)
    * .MKV (h.264)

    • eny_X
      February 4, 2010 at 7:22 pm

      from best to worst:
      38 (?)
      37 (1080mp4=1920x1080) stereo
      22 (720p=1280x720) stereo
      35 (flv-854×480) mono
      18 (mp4 480x360/270) stereo
      34 (230x240/400x226/640x360) mono
      6 (480x270) mono
      5 (?)
      13 (?) 176x144 stero
      17 (3gp) 176x144 stereo
      from eny_X

      I want to convert the downloaded videos to mp3,and want to choose the best video with the best sound.Youtube says on Wiki that all video have AAC audio formats! Does that means that the video type 37 has the same audio quality as video type 18?? I want to download the videos that have at least 128kbs audio bitrate.I use them on my computer or mp3 player. Thank U