How to Choose YouTube Video Quality or Resolution in VLC

When opening videos from YouTube and other video-sharing sites, VLC tries to get the best quality of the video possible. The best quality that it fetches depends on a number of factors like the speed and bandwidth of your internet connection. The player will try to load the best video resolution that is feasible with the current connection. But what if you wanted to choose the quality/resolution of the online video that VLC loads from YouTube? There is an advanced option that allows us to select Full HD (1080p), HD (720p), Standard Definition (560p or 480p), Low Definition (360p), and Very Low Definition (240p). This video quality will be applied to the online media opened from video sharing sites like YouTube.

Here are the detailed steps to change the video quality of videos loaded in VLC from online video sharing sites like YouTube:

  • Go to Tool > Preferences [CTRL + P].
  • Click on All under Show settings for advanced preferences.
  • Click on Input / Codecs.
  • Choose the maximum video quality in Preferred video resolution.

Selecting YouTube Video Quality

As mentioned before, the video qualities that are possible are–Best available, Full HD (1080p), HD (720p), Standard Definition (576 or 480 lines), Low Definition (360 lines), Very Low Definition (240 lines). Suppose you choose HD 720p, VLC will pick a resolution that is closest to 720p and it won’t go higher than 720p. So, 720p will be the maximum resolution and it won’t go for 1080p. But if you pick something like Very low definition (240 lines) and a video stream containing 240p is not available it will load up the closest one that is 360p. Hit CTRL + J or go to Tools > Media Information to view the video resolution that is currently playing.

Pick a video that fits your internet speed and device’s hardware capability. If you pick an HD video and your device cannot handle it, it will be a bit sketchy and lag while playing.

If you didn’t know that you could load up online videos from streaming sites, then just hit Media > Open Network Stream [CTRL + N]. Paste in the URL and hit Play. The video will be loaded with the quality that you selected in a few moments.

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