What Containers Best for YouTube -> WMP??

Discussion in 'Windows Media Player' started by Davy, Jan 17, 2011.

  1. Davy

    Davy Guest

    I am using VLC to convert videos downloaded from Youtube to play in Windows
    Media Player and am not sure what container would be best.
    The options for downloading are mpg and flv.

    WMP, out of the box, will play .asf .wmv and .avi containers. I have
    installed ffdshow so it will also play .mpg files but not .mp4 files.

    So what format would be best to download and what to convert it to - giving
    minimum recoding and thus degredation.

    I have explored that the Haali Splitter route and found that the reviews of
    Haali Splitter rate it poorly - Windows crashes, cannot uninstall, etc. So
    I am trying to avoid that route.

    This is not a subject I understand so don't hesitate to ask for more info
    if I have not provided enough.

    Davy, Jan 17, 2011
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  2. Davy

    VanguardLH Guest

    Entirely depends on WHO is going to get the video. If you are the only
    one enjoying the video then use a format that generates the smallest
    file size as long as it doesn't sacrifice quality beyond what you are
    willing to tolerate. If just for you, FLV is probably doable but you'll
    need a player that support FLV. If you are distributing the videos to
    someone else, well, they probably don't have an FLV viewer. Only you
    know what is your target audience so you'll have to pick a file format
    that will likely be usable to them. I wouldn't go with .avi (too big)
    but .wmv is doable. You can even decide how much compression gets used
    with your .wmv output. With FormatFactory, for example, you can pick
    high, medium, or low for quality and size of .wmv output.
    VanguardLH, Jan 17, 2011
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  3. Davy

    Davy Guest

    Vanguard, that is good general advice but my question was really technical.
    i.e. what conversion is likely to lead to the least quality degradation and
    file size not too big? For instance I would imagine that converting a .mov
    file which is jpeg-compression based to a keyframe-based compressed file
    would give very poor results?

    Davy, Jan 19, 2011
  4. Davy

    VanguardLH Guest

    Video compression and measuring loss of quality is not something with
    which I am expert other than the subject analysis of what looks better
    or worse to my eyes. I can, for example, use FormatFactory to conver
    from FLV to WMV along with choosing if I want high, medium, or low
    quality in the WMV output. I can reduce an AVI video down to a small
    fraction of its original size when going to WMV low format (and if it
    isn't something that needs high resolution or large window size then the
    file will be small). Alas, I haven't come across a FLV to WMV
    conversion that doesn't sacrifice noticeable quality while trying to
    make a very small WMV file (FLV ends up being a lot smaller in file

    YouTube lists what filetypes they will accept for video formats. My bet
    is that FormatFactory probably supports all of them so you could play
    with conversions to see which gives you the smallest file size while
    also trying to reduce loss of quality.
    VanguardLH, Jan 20, 2011
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