The current status of Youtube video quality/fmt’s
I’ve been posting Youtube links with the &fmt=18 format parameter for some time (example), but it looks like I’ll be checking if a “35″ version is available for all non-HD videos I publish here from now on. For HD material, I think I’ll default to &fmt=22 until I get faster hardware and more bandwidth.
If the video player’s HD or HQ button doesn’t light up when a video is loaded with a specific parameter, the requested version doesn’t exist.
There are lots of fmts, and not all work with every video … :
37 => “1080p mp4 (full-screen HQ)”,
35 => “high flv”,
34 => “standard flv”,
22 => “720p mp4 (full-screen HQ)”,
18 => “medium mp4″,
17 => “mobile 3gp”,
6 => “high quality flv”,
5 => “low quality flv”
Only #18 seems to work when it is not listed in the fmt_map, all others must be listed in order to be supported. Also, my text descriptions may not be completely accurate.