Sally wants to know why some YouTube videos appear blurry while others are fine
I have a high-speed Internet connection and I enjoy watching YouTube videos. But I can’t understand why some of them are very clear and others are blurry. I searched for an answer to this problem but I couldn’t find one. So I figured if anyone could help it would be you guys. Can you help?
Thanks for all you do for us. You’ve helped me more times than I can count. Keep up the good work!
Thanks Sally. If you’re viewing the video in full-screen mode, the large size can make some videos appear very blurry. But sometimes, even the regular size videos can appear blurry. As far as we know (and we’re not YouTube experts), the reason why some YouTube videos are blurry is because free YouTube members have limits on the size of the videos they are allowed to upload – so they upload lower-resolution videos so as to keep the file size within YouTube size restrictions. YouTube’s Premium members pay a fee so they can upload videos without the size restrictions and those are usually high-definition videos — i.e. very clear. So that’s why some videos are very clear and others are somewhat fuzzy – or blurry.
So the next time you are viewing one of those blurry low-res videos, try this tip. Remember this tip will work most of the time. Just go to YouTube and open whatever video you want to watch. Now at the end of the URL (in your browser’s address bar) and type (or paste) “&fmt=18” and press Enter.
(In case you clicked those links you won’t notice much of a difference in quality since the original was very clear to begin with.)
As we’ve said, this will work most of the time, but not all of the time. Let us know how this works for you.