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  1. Ret. Hippie Guitar Player Axel Slingerland's Avatar
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    I saw this section and figured "Hey, I'm a Newbie..."

    I downloaded TVDownloader and YouTube-dl-gui and I have the same question about them both, and they do the same thing I'm asking about. Regardless of what setting I choose for the Video Resolution / Quality, they both download the best video available. I chose 720p in both programs, but the downloads are 1080p. (If 1080p is available, of course.) Is there a way to force them to download in 720p?

    Thanks in advance!

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    Hi Ax,
    Some resolutions may be unavailable, as far as I know. The average list of possible resolutions must be like this:
    Best, 1080p, 720p, 540p, 480p, 360p, Worst.

    I'm still using TVDownloader for educational purposes and pimion speech recognition from videos.. I had to update it manually. What I did exactly: replaced the youtube-dl.exe file in C:\Program Files (x86)\TVDownloader with the latest version: https://youtube-dl.org/downloads/latest/youtube-dl.exe
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  3. @Axel Slingerland

    If you just need to download audio/video you can try PyIDM: https://www.videohelp.com/software/pyIDM . It's a good GUI for youtube-dl.exe and youtube-dlc.exe and it gives you an option to choose many qualities of videos and audio. Make sure the first one is set as the main engine (it's updated more often at the moment). After starting the program always manually check for update in Settings - Update. Easy way to have the newest version of the program or youtube-dl/c installed.

    It's a bit late response, but maybe someone will find PyIDM useful.
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  4. Use "youtube-dl -F URL" to get a list of available streams. Then use "youtube-dl -f VID+AUD URL" to get the streams you want. VID is the name of the video stream as seen in the first command line, AUD is the name of the audio stream. This always works unless the particular stream isn't available or is mislabeled.

    Code:
    C:\Youtube-dl>youtube-dl -F https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kGwUovgcxB4
    [youtube] kGwUovgcxB4: Downloading webpage
    [info] Available formats for kGwUovgcxB4:
    format code  extension  resolution note
    249          webm       audio only tiny   55k , opus @ 50k (48000Hz), 2.70MiB
    250          webm       audio only tiny   71k , opus @ 70k (48000Hz), 3.39MiB
    140          m4a        audio only tiny  130k , m4a_dash container, mp4a.40.2@128k (44100Hz), 7.39MiB
    251          webm       audio only tiny  138k , opus @160k (48000Hz), 6.71MiB
    394          mp4        256x144    144p   90k , av01.0.00M.08, 25fps, video only, 4.11MiB
    278          webm       256x144    144p   97k , webm container, vp9, 25fps, video only, 5.15MiB
    160          mp4        256x144    144p  110k , avc1.4d400c, 25fps, video only, 3.54MiB
    395          mp4        426x240    240p  204k , av01.0.00M.08, 25fps, video only, 7.34MiB
    242          webm       426x240    240p  223k , vp9, 25fps, video only, 9.02MiB
    133          mp4        426x240    240p  244k , avc1.4d4015, 25fps, video only, 6.95MiB
    396          mp4        640x360    360p  388k , av01.0.01M.08, 25fps, video only, 13.25MiB
    243          webm       640x360    360p  410k , vp9, 25fps, video only, 16.84MiB
    134          mp4        640x360    360p  632k , avc1.4d401e, 25fps, video only, 18.84MiB
    397          mp4        854x480    480p  688k , av01.0.04M.08, 25fps, video only, 23.15MiB
    244          webm       854x480    480p  756k , vp9, 25fps, video only, 29.46MiB
    135          mp4        854x480    480p 1157k , avc1.4d401e, 25fps, video only, 38.34MiB
    398          mp4        1280x720   720p 1362k , av01.0.05M.08, 25fps, video only, 47.44MiB
    247          webm       1280x720   720p 1519k , vp9, 25fps, video only, 60.10MiB
    136          mp4        1280x720   720p 2312k , avc1.4d401f, 25fps, video only, 73.08MiB
    399          mp4        1920x1080  1080p 2494k , av01.0.08M.08, 25fps, video only, 84.58MiB
    248          webm       1920x1080  1080p 2675k , vp9, 25fps, video only, 107.58MiB
    137          mp4        1920x1080  1080p 4333k , avc1.640028, 25fps, video only, 134.23MiB
    18           mp4        640x360    360p  575k , avc1.42001E, 25fps, mp4a.40.2@ 96k (44100Hz), 32.85MiB
    22           mp4        1280x720   720p 1409k , avc1.64001F, 25fps, mp4a.40.2@192k (44100Hz) (best)
    Code:
    C:\Youtube-dl>youtube-dl -f 136+140 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kGwUovgcxB4
    [youtube] kGwUovgcxB4: Downloading webpage
    [download] Destination: Jeremy Wade Catches The World's Most Venomous Animal By Hand! _ River Monsters-kGwUovgcxB4.f136.mp4
    [download] 100% of 73.08MiB in 00:17
    [download] Destination: Jeremy Wade Catches The World's Most Venomous Animal By Hand! _ River Monsters-kGwUovgcxB4.f140.m4a
    [download] 100% of 7.39MiB in 00:01
    [ffmpeg] Merging formats into "Jeremy Wade Catches The World's Most Venomous Animal By Hand! _ River Monsters-kGwUovgcxB4.mp4"
    Deleting original file Jeremy Wade Catches The World's Most Venomous Animal By Hand! _ River Monsters-kGwUovgcxB4.f136.mp4 (pass -k to keep)
    Deleting original file Jeremy Wade Catches The World's Most Venomous Animal By Hand! _ River Monsters-kGwUovgcxB4.f140.m4a (pass -k to keep)


    MediaInfo report on the downloaded video:
    Code:
    Video
    ID                                       : 1
    Format                                   : AVC
    Format/Info                              : Advanced Video Codec
    Format profile                           : Main@L3.1
    Format settings                          : CABAC / 3 Ref Frames
    Format settings, CABAC                   : Yes
    Format settings, Reference frames        : 3 frames
    Codec ID                                 : avc1
    Codec ID/Info                            : Advanced Video Coding
    Duration                                 : 7 min 58 s
    Bit rate                                 : 1 278 kb/s
    Width                                    : 1 280 pixels
    Height                                   : 720 pixels
    Display aspect ratio                     : 16:9
    Frame rate mode                          : Constant
    Frame rate                               : 25.000 FPS
    Color space                              : YUV
    Chroma subsampling                       : 4:2:0
    Bit depth                                : 8 bits
    Scan type                                : Progressive
    Bits/(Pixel*Frame)                       : 0.055
    Stream size                              : 72.9 MiB (90%)
    Title                                    : ISO Media file produced by Google Inc.
    Writing library                          : x264 core 155 r2901 7d0ff22
    Color range                              : Limited
    Color primaries                          : BT.709
    Transfer characteristics                 : BT.709
    Matrix coefficients                      : BT.709
    Codec configuration box                  : avcC
    Last edited by jagabo; 13th Jan 2021 at 10:03.
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