Go Back   AnandTech Forums > Consumer Electronics > Audio/Video & Home Theater

· Hardware and Technology
· CPUs and Overclocking
· Motherboards
· Video Cards and Graphics
· Memory and Storage
· Power Supplies
· Cases & Cooling
· SFF, Notebooks, Pre-Built/Barebones PCs
· Networking
· Peripherals
· General Hardware
· Highly Technical
· Computer Help
· Home Theater PCs
· Consumer Electronics
· Digital and Video Cameras
· Mobile Devices & Gadgets
· Audio/Video & Home Theater
· Software
· Software for Windows
· All Things Apple
· *nix Software
· Operating Systems
· Programming
· PC Gaming
· Console Gaming
· Distributed Computing
· Security
· Social
· Off Topic
· Politics and News
· Discussion Club
· Love and Relationships
· The Garage
· Health and Fitness
· Home and Garden
· Merchandise and Shopping
· For Sale/Trade
· Hot Deals with Free Stuff/Contests
· Black Friday 2014
· Forum Issues
· Technical Forum Issues
· Personal Forum Issues
· Suggestion Box
· Moderator Resources
· Moderator Discussions

Thread Tools
Old 10-25-2012, 01:40 PM   #1
Join Date: Apr 2010
Posts: 35
Default Maximizing & Identifying YouTube download audio quality

Audio quality of music is my main concern when downloading from YouTube (and Vimeo, which I only just discovered).

But am I wrong or are there relatively few A/V file viewers? Can you recommend a program that displays an audio or video fileís container (i.e. FLV, MP4, Quicktime, AVI, Matroska, WebM), its audio codec (i.e. AC-3, AAC, ALAC, ALS, FLAC, Vorbis, , TwinVQ, BSAC, MPEG1 thru-4, SLS, Audio Lossless Coding, MPEG-4 DST, H.264/MPEG-4 AVC, Windows Media Audio, Wavpack) and bit rate (from 60 up to at least 192Kbps)?

Since transcoding (i.e. file converting) is said to produce somewhat lossy results, I donít require any such viewer software featuring those utilities, other viewer features being equal. Storage space is sufficiently cheap enough for archiving larger HQ or HD files in their original format.

Free or not doesnít matter, so long as it reliably displays all popular containers
(http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Comparison_of_container_formats) ,
the lossy and lossless audio codecs found in them (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Comparison_of_audio_codecs)
and the lowest to the highest bit rates in files found on YouTube, Vimeo and HDTracks.com.

chane is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 10-25-2012, 01:55 PM   #2
Diamond Member
Join Date: Jan 2000
Posts: 7,152

abaez is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 10-25-2012, 09:29 PM   #3
vshah's Avatar
Join Date: Sep 2003
Location: Pittsburgh
Posts: 18,838

Intel Core i7 920 || Asus P6T Deluxe V2 || Noctua NH-U12P|| 12GB DDR3-1600
GTX 670 || Intel x-25m 80gb || 1TB Caviar Black || Antec 902 ||Antec 550w
XBL: the4ner85
vshah is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 10-25-2012, 10:12 PM   #4
Diamond Member
imagoon's Avatar
Join Date: Feb 2003
Location: Chicagoland, IL
Posts: 5,039

Media player classic.
imagoon is online now   Reply With Quote
Old 11-06-2012, 11:54 AM   #5
Join Date: Apr 2010
Posts: 35
Default HD YouTube file accessing

According to http://forum.videohelp.com/threads/3...vs-mp4-quality and
adding “&hd=1” , “&hd=18” and/or “&hd=22” to the end of a YouTube file’s URL code, will access the HD version of the file (which by default uses a better quality audio codec and/or a higher bit rate), if such a file version was created and uploaded.

But what is a video embedder? How does it differ from the player at YouTube’s and/or Vimeo’s site?

Is there a particular player/embedder that I can download (free or not) which, among other things, can be set to also locate the HD or HQ
(> 128kbps and/or lower loss codec) version of the file on the web
-even it’s no longer posted at YouTube? If yes, please suggest one.

Is there a way to enable that embedder or player so that it always grabs the HD or HQ file first-and so eliminate the need to add the above suffixes to the URL?

I typically use Firefox. Excuse the possibly dumb question but are all browsers the same or might one somehow provide wider access to these HD version files? Or are there special HD or video quality browser settings?

Last edited by chane; 11-06-2012 at 12:41 PM. Reason: added more text; puncuation.
chane is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 11-06-2012, 12:25 PM   #6
Diamond Member
Join Date: Oct 2005
Posts: 7,414


greasemonkey or scriptish + http://userscripts.org/scripts/show/39167

Last edited by uhohs; 11-06-2012 at 12:27 PM.
uhohs is offline   Reply With Quote

Thread Tools

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off

Forum Jump

All times are GMT -5. The time now is 04:17 PM.

Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.8.8 Alpha 1
Copyright ©2000 - 2015, vBulletin Solutions, Inc.