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Table of Contents

- Introduction
- FFmpeg
   - FFmpeg presets used in YouTube Downloader
   - Using the "Manual" conversion type
   - Codecs and playing video
   - FFmpeg parameters
- Supported web sites
- Additional information
- Contact


Thank you for installing YouTube Downloader, which allows you to download any video from YouTube and other streaming websites, converting them to various video formats.


YouTube Downloader supports open source programming by using the FFmpeg multimedia framework when it converts videos. You may visit the website for more information.

FFmpeg Presets

The command line syntax, utilized by the main program, allowing it to convert into video formats. Change quality by using -qscale 1 for High, -qscale 7 for Optimal, -qscale 15 for Medium, none for Low (default). For specific video codec, use -vcodec or for a specific format use -f. Commands are listed in order below: Low, Medium, Optimal, High:

Ipad Video (MPEG-4 MP4)

    ffmpeg.exe -i %1 -s 1024x768 -r 24.00 -b 500.00k -qscale 1 -ar 22050 -ab 64.00k -ac 2 -vol 256 -y %1.mp4

    ffmpeg.exe -i %1 -s 1024x768 -r 24.00 -b 500.00k -qscale 7 -ar 22050 -ab 64.00k -ac 2 -vol 256 -y %1.mp4

    ffmpeg.exe -i %1 -s 1024x768 -r 20.00 -b 500.00k -qscale 15 -ar 22050 -ab 64.00k -ac 1 -vol 256 -y %1.mp4

    ffmpeg.exe -i %1 -s 640x480 -r 20.00 -b 500.00k -ar 22050 -ab 64.00k -ac 1 -vol 256 -y %1.mp4

Ipod Video (Apple QuickTime MOV)

    ffmpeg -i %1 -s 176x144 -r 20 -b 500k -ar 22050 -ab 64k -ac 1

    ffmpeg -i %1 -s 320x240 -qscale 15 -r 20 -b 500k -ar 22050 -ab 64k -ac 1

    ffmpeg -i %1 -s 320x240 -qscale 7 -r 24 -b 500k -ar 22050 -ab 64k -ac 2

    ffmpeg -i %1 -s 320x240 -qscale 1 -r 24 -b 500k -ar 22050 -ab 64k -ac 2

Iphone Video (MPEG-4 MP4)

    ffmpeg -i %1 -vcodec mpeg4 -s 480x320 -r 29 -b 900k -ar 44100 -ab 96k -ac 2 %1.mp4

    ffmpeg -i %1 -vcodec mpeg4 -qscale 15 -s 480x320 -r 29 -b 900k -ar 44100 -ab 96k -ac 2 %1.mp4

    ffmpeg -i %1 -vcodec mpeg4 -qscale 7 -s 480x320 -r 29 -b 900k -ar 44100 -ab 128k -ac 2 %1.mp4

    ffmpeg -i %1 -vcodec mpeg4 -qscale 1 -s 640x480 -r 29 -b 1500k -ar 44100 -ab 128k -ac 2 %1.mp4

PSP Video (H.264 MP4)

    ffmpeg -i %1 -f psp -s 176x96 -r 14 -b 500k -ar 24000 -ab 64k -ac 1 %1.mp4

    ffmpeg -i %1 -f psp -s 320x240 -qscale 15 -r 29 -b 500k -ar 24000 -ab 64k -ac 1 %1.mp4

    ffmpeg -i %1 -f psp -s 320x240 -qscale 7 -r 29 -b 500k -ar 24000 -ab 64k -ac 2 %1.mp4

    ffmpeg -i %1 -f psp -s 368x208 -qscale 1 -r 29 -b 500k -ar 24000 -ab 64k -ac 2 %1.mp4

Cell Phone (H.263 3GP)

    ffmpeg -i %1 -vcodec h263 -s 128x96 -r 10 -b 30k -ar 8000 -ab 12.2k -ac 1 %1.3gp

    ffmpeg -i %1 -vcodec h263 -qscale 15 -s 176x144 -r 12 -b 30k -ar 8000 -ab 12.2k -ac 1 %1.3gp

    ffmpeg -i %1 -vcodec h263 -qscale 7 -s 176x144 -r 15 -b 30k -ar 8000 -ab 12.2k -ac 1 %1.3gp

    ffmpeg -i %1 -vcodec h263 -qscale 1 -s 352x288 -r 15 -b 30k -ar 8000 -ab 12.2k -ac 1 %1.3gp

Windows Media Video (V.7 WMV)

    ffmpeg -i %1 -vcodec wmv2 -s 320x240 -b 50k -acodec wmav2 -ar 22050 -ab 56k -ac 1 -f asf %1.wmv

    ffmpeg -i %1 -vcodec wmv2 -s 320x240 -qscale 15 -b 50k -acodec wmav2 -ar 22050 -ab 64k -ac 2 -f asf %1.wmv

    ffmpeg -i %1 -vcodec wmv2 -s 320x240 -qscale 7 -b 50k -acodec wmav2 -ar 22050 -ab 64k -ac 2 -f asf %1.wmv

    ffmpeg -i %1 -vcodec wmv2 -s 320x240 -qscale 1 -b 50k -acodec wmav2 -ar 22050 -ab 64k -ac 2 -f asf %1.wmv

XVid MPEG-4 Codec (AVI)

    ffmpeg -i %1 -vcodec mpeg4 -vtag XVID -s 320x240 -b 200k -ar 22050 -ab 64k -ac 1 %1.avi

    ffmpeg -i %1 -vcodec mpeg4 -vtag XVID -qscale 15 -s 320x240 -b 200k -ar 22050 -ab 64k -ac 2 %1.avi

    ffmpeg -i %1 -vcodec mpeg4 -vtag XVID -qscale 7 -s 320x240 -b 200k -ar 22050 -ab 64k -ac 2 %1.avi

    ffmpeg -i %1 -vcodec mpeg4 -vtag XVID -qscale 1 -s 320x240 -b 200k -ar 22050 -ab 64k -ac 2 %1.avi

MPEG Audio Layer 3 (MP3)

    ffmpeg -i %1 -vn -ar 22050 -ab 96k -ac 2 %1.mp3

    ffmpeg -i %1 -vn -ar 44100 -ab 128k -ac 2 %1.mp3

    ffmpeg -i %1 -vn -ar 48000 -ab 192k -ac 2 %1.mp3

    ffmpeg -i %1 -vn -ar 48000 -ab 256k -ac 2 %1.mp3

Manual conversion

This program converts video files in more common formats. If you require other video formats, convert them manually with the following code:

    ffmpeg -i %1 -s 320x240 -r 14 -b 50 -ar 22050 -ab 56 -ac 1


-i Input file (%1 it's the file selected)
-s Video size* (WidthxHeight). Example: 176x96, 176x144, 320x240, 352x240, 368x288, 480x320, 552x414, 640x360, 640x480
Note: valid sizes for Cell Phone are: 128x96, 176x144, 352x288, 704x576 and 1408x1152.
-r Video frame rate (Fps). Example: 10, 12, 15, 14, 20, 24, 29
-b Video bitrate (Kb/s). Example: 30, 50, 100, 150, 200, 256, 384, 500, 512, 640, 768, 900, 1500
-ar Audio sample rate (Hz). Example: 8000, 16000, 22050, 24000, 32000, 44100, 48000
-ab Audio bitrate (Kb/s). Example: 12, 16, 32, 40, 48, 56, 64, 80, 96, 112, 128, 192, 224, 256
-ac Audio channels (1 mono, 2 stereo). Example: Use 2 if you convert in MP3 Output file (.xxx the format to convert!). Example: .mov, .ra, .mpg, .mp4, .mp3, .wma...

If you have installed appropriate codecs, you can convert to other formats. This is the command line syntax - to .mpg format:

    ffmpeg -i %1 -s 320x240 -sameq -b 500 -ar 22050 -ab 56 -ac 2 %1.mpg

There are other options: disabling audio, editing video, etc. We recommend that only experts attempt these.

Manual Conversion Examples

How to Disable Audio & Cut Video:

If you must edit or cut video, use the options -ss to set the start time, and -t to set the duration in seconds - ie: cut the first 10 seconds and the duration is 2:22 (142 seconds) the command line syntax is:

    ffmpeg -i %1 -s 320x240 -r 14 -b 50 -ar 22050 -ab 56 -ac 1 -ss 10 -t 132

If you want even/or disable audio, use the options -an (in substitution of -ab and -ac):

    ffmpeg -i %1 -s 320x240 -r 14 -b 50 -ar 22050 -an -ss 10 -t 132

How to convert video to iPhone or iPad:

Apple's website says that the technical aspects of their iPhone shows a 480x320-pixel screen. But read the find print, you will see it states: Up to 5 hours of battery life is based on H.264 1.5-Mbps video at 640-by-480 resolution combined with 128-Kbps audio.

Assuming it supports H.264 video compression, it should also support MPEG-4 compression. Using this baseline MPEG-4 option should allow you to convert video and audio without much distortion or loss of quality. MPEG-4 is easier to decode than H.264, so it requires less out of the CPU. This conversion makes better use of your computer's time and resources.

Another way to convert for iPhone:

    ffmpeg -i %1 -vcodec h264 -sameq -s 480x320 -r 29 -b 768 -ar 44100 -ab 96 -ac 2 %1.mp4

Converting video files to PSP:

ffmpeg tool does it all when converting videos to play on PSP:

Istructions step by step:

1. Convert the video to PSP format:

    ffmpeg -i %1 -f psp -s 320x240 -r 29 -b 768 -ar 24000 -ab 64 %1.mp4

1.1. Widescreen resolution of 368x208 will also work.

1.2. If "-r 29" does NOT work try "-r 14"

1.3. You MUST rename output file, ie: M4V00001.mp4, M4V00002.mp4, etc.

2. Extract the thumbail image:

    ffmpeg -y -i %1 -f image2 -ss 5 -vframes 1 -s 160x120 -an %1.thm

2.1. Rename output file, ie: M4V00001.thm, M4V00002.thm, etc.

3. Copy files in your PSP device.

Codecs and playing different video formats

Most Windows OS are not ability to play streaming web video formats, such as .flv files. You can install a separate player or convert files to a playable format. Converting files sometimes causes issues with the videos or the computer itself, so downloading and installing a proper web video player might be the way to go - such as the one available from VLC media player - It is a free, open source program that plays most video formats.

To convert files, codecs are necessary to do so, and to watch videos converted from other formats. Separate codecs much be installed/updated if you have issues with audio and video syncing up. Using Windows Media Player to play videos? Update the player's online codecs. Install these free FFDshow video codecs.

FFmpeg Parameters

Command line options for FFmpeg. See this list by typing "ffmpeg.exe -h" into the DOS window.

Supported sites

YouTube, Google video, MySpace, DailyMotion, Metacafe, iFilm, Break, Guba, and many more. Find a complete list on YouTube Downloader's Supported Sites page.

Additional Information

Additional information on using YouTube Downloader: Frequently Asked Questions

Contact Information

Support: Contact us via the online support form.