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It seems like nowadays even when the video is available in 1080p, apps like jdownloader or firefox extensions do not show the 1080p version.

Is there any software or chrome/firefox extension that would allow me to download a 1080p video from youtube?

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Last time I tried, FlashGot Mass Downloader allowed me to grab the MP4/1080p version of a video. I just tried the link you posted in a comment, and it gave me no issues at all. –  and31415 Feb 23 '14 at 18:39
Can you provide a link to such a video that is small? Then I can test it fast (though i'm going out in 5min so perhaps I can't test today but anyhow) Try youtube-dl.py You run it from the command prompt given the path. I don't know for sure if it does 1080p anymore, I read something about youtube changing their system such that video and audio are two separate streams. but youtube-dl.py -t -f 37 http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sdlfjsdfsdfsd <-- that might do it. this link himili.com/blog/downloads/youtube-video-downloader says -f 22 for 720p and -f 37 for 1080p –  barlop Feb 23 '14 at 19:01
and this link en.wikipedia.org/wiki/YouTube#Quality_and_codecs apparently has some other codes. can't test right now. I think when you run youtube-dl.py it's not an EXE file but it runs by it being associated with the python interpreter so it runs that. You have to install python too that's mentioned on this simple user and techie friendly site rg3.github.io/youtube-dl and click download so rg3.github.io/youtube-dl/download.html funnily enough it is now an exe youtube-dl.exe but you still must install python as that page mentions. –  barlop Feb 23 '14 at 19:03
Thanks guys, there is alot of different things happening. I think flashgot upscales. I will have to compare them. But also lataayoutube seems to work. I will compare that to FG and YT on the browser to see if it's upscaled. –  Joan Venge Feb 23 '14 at 19:12
I think any 1080p video link should be fine. I only have these but if you search for vsauce you should find smaller ones. –  Joan Venge Feb 23 '14 at 19:15

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480p and 1080p are no longer available as standalone videos downloaded from youtube.com. YouTube switched to adaptive streams and uses separate files for video and audio, which need to be merged to get a video file.

One of the easiest ways to merge both video and audio is VLC player built-in feature: 1. Choose: Open multiple files 2. Add downloaded video and then press show more options. 3. Tick: Play another media synchronously 4. Add downloaded audio track 5. Press the arrow next to play and choose "Convert" 6. Add output file name and press "start"

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thank you for this great solution –  JasonS Aug 19 '14 at 16:45
Awesome, you don't even need to re-encode, you can tell it to just mux the original dash stream in an MP4. I couldn't even find a standalone utility to do this! –  Camilo Martin Oct 30 '14 at 1:05

This Firefox Plugin will allow you to download any of Youtube's resolution that youtube offers.


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I've seen tons of scripts, this one works probably the best i've ever seen.

Download Flash and Video Add-on for Firefox

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I just tried but it doesn't list 1080p. Try this video youtube.com/watch?v=dIr7V44wMY8. –  Joan Venge Feb 23 '14 at 18:25
yea, i see what you're saying. Still a great plugin :) –  Sickest Feb 23 '14 at 18:30

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