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Optimal youtube-dl settings for videos playing in xbmc


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Hi all, has anyone managed to come up with some good youtube-dl settings for downloading video that play nicely on the xbox? I've done some googling and really need to dig a bit deeper but thought I'd check here first. I'm imagining the downloaded media will need to be run though ffmpeg with some specific switches to get a container and bitrate the xbox can handle. Thanks.

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Ok turned out to be really easy after coming across this https://www.xbmc4xbox.org.uk/forum/viewtopic.php?t=2855

Second post down suggests 380p will play fine and '...so long as they are not h264 and HD' as KaosEngineer suggested.

The format code closest to this in youtube-dl is '18' which is 270p/360p in mp4 format (see half way down https://asankad.org/2013/09/04/download-videos-from-just-one-command-in-linux-terminal/)

So running

youtube-dl -f 18 <url to video>

will do the trick.

Hope this is useful for someone else!

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