Forcing YouTube to play videos in a specific quality
by, 03-08-2012 at 08:58 PM (51965 Views)
I was having troubles the other day loading a YouTube-video (using Firefox). The URL:
(this url may work on your machine, but it doesn't on mine (when I use Firefox)).
My guess was that the problem was caused by the video's HD-quality. So I googled around to see how we can force YouTube to play videos in a specific quality. I found that we can do it by appending the following to the YouTube-url:
&vq=small: 240p; bad quality, but buffer is the fastest; or:
&vq=medium: 360p; acceptable quality, buffer is fast; or:
&vq=large: 480p; high quality, buffer in a good speed; or:
&vq=hd720: 720p; best quality, buffer slow but it's worthy IF IT WORKS).
I added &vq=large to the URL (thus forcing the video to show in non-HD) and everything was fine.
You may find this useful. (It may come in handy, for instance, if you want to load a video in a small iframe or flash object and yet produce a high quality video).