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YouTube higher resolution &fmt=18 a hack?

If you are a YouTube junkie you may have noticed a new link “watch in high quality” that has been appearing on certain videos. The link takes you to a higher quality version of the video, which in some cases makes a drastic difference. If you don’t see the link, you can add “&fmt=18” to the end of the url to view the higher quality.

Is this really a hack as some reports are labeling it? Not really. The extension &fmt=18 is purely visible on the link to watch the higher quality. However if the link “watch in high quality” does not exist, you can get to it by adding the extension.

I found a great example of the higher definition that YouTube is offering. Open the two Paul Pierce videos below from the NBA finals in two separate windows. The first is the “standard quality” which has much to be desired. The second video is the higher resolution. Compare the score graphic at the bottom and the close ups to really see the difference. Not “high-definition” by any means, but still worth reporting on.

Standard quality
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ml4-TXfMwnM

Higher resolution quality
(notice the addition of “&fmt=18”)
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ml4-TXfMwnM&fmt=18

Jeff Chabot
Jeff Chabothttps://hd-report.com
Jeff has a background in photography, video and television production. He writes about technology, broadcasting, home theater, and digital entertainment.

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