Best Downloaded Youtube Video Format?

Discussion in 'Digital Video' started by Codeseven, Mar 30, 2010.

  1. Codeseven macrumors 6502a

    Dec 31, 2008
    I'm downloading videos from Youtube to help me learn some new drumming techniques. I've been using Zamzar to download from Youtube onto my MBP and then play them using VLC which works great because VLC can slow down the video enough for me to see what's going on. But in order to see details in full screen I need to have the best looking video.

    I've seen the same video downloaded from Youtube as 'video.mp4' and from the authors website as '.avi' and when both are played on VLC the .avi looks much better.

    My question is, Zamzar allows you to choose from many formats to convert the video to. Which format should I choose in order to get the best video? Thanks
  2. joaoferro37 macrumors 6502


    Jul 31, 2008
    Vogon Planet Destructor
    MPEG-4 AVC (H.264) is the best you can get if it is 720p or 1080p.
    For non HD, FLV.
    The reason you are getting better picture quality is the author put a better bit rate, less compression, etc.
  3. Nitromaster macrumors 6502

    Jan 7, 2007
    Wirelessly posted (Nokia N70-3 Ireland-Opera: Mozilla/5.0 (iPhone; U; CPU iPhone OS 3_0 like Mac OS X; en-us) AppleWebKit/528.18 (KHTML, like Gecko) Version/4.0 Mobile/7A341 Safari/528.16)

    MP4 - The 720p option.
    If available.
  4. Codeseven thread starter macrumors 6502a

    Dec 31, 2008

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