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For example if I do a youtube search for a "random video" I get directed to a url like:

When where I really want to end up is:

Is there any easy way to get this done?

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You can't if they aren't available! Other than that you can choose in your profile to always show videos in the highest quality available:

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If you have Firefox and GreaseMonkey, or Opera at all, use this userscript:

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If you're logged into youtube, there's an option to always play high quality videos. If you go to settings you'll find the option here.

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Doesn't play it in the fmt=22 format, whoever upvoted this didn't read the question. – Andrew G. Johnson Aug 26 '09 at 14:03

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