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Old 11-11-2008
 
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Apparently the application of &fmt=6 and &fmt=18 changes the format of the videos your watching with a noticeable difference in sharpness.

here is an example of the Dow2 video
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Yu4ABhVd28U


vs the sharpened version
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jJOzdLwvTHA&fmt=18


Seems to work with any video but not always to the same effect and it seems to take longer to download. If not for anything else it helps make text more readable without the fuzziness.
 

Last edited by Adovid; 11-11-2008 at 04:03 PM. Reason: Hmmm embeding doesn't work for this change.

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fmt6 is a high bitrate flash video file. fmt=18 is a stereo mp4 with a high bitrate as well. both are 480x360 as opposed to the normal 320x240.

I've seen fmt18s that look better than fmt6s and vice versa.

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Hmmm embeding doesn't work for this change.
The [youtubehd] tags embed the mp4 file IIRC.
 
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Ah good to know. Hope this wasn't already widely known as this thread would be pointless then. This stuff seems to have been around on the net since early this year but I just came across it.

Any additional internet video based insight would be welcome here.
 

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Youtube added a new format! By adding &fmt=22 to the end of the URLs you can view the videos in 720p. That's 1280x760 resolution and a 2200 kb/s video bit rate. Only works for videos that you uploaded in very good quality though. Here's an example:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YTMvz-qJQe4&fmt=22

(hit full screen)
 
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Apparently Youtube is capable of HD 16:9 1080p quality videos (view in fullscreen mode), but they don't include the option because they're Jewish investment bankers when it comes to bandwidth.
 

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Well, have to match cost against profit and the capacity to keep users happy.

Stage6 was an awesome site that used the divx format with high quality videos but it went down because they couldn't afford to keep up the bandwidth.
 

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The key difference is that YouTube is owned by a fortune 500 company that has the capacity to support it.
 
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i'd much rather see Hulu get format upgrades.
 
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