A solution for blurry YouTube videos

By | October 22, 2011
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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!

Our answer
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.

For example:




(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.

22 thoughts on “A solution for blurry YouTube videos

  1. J.

    I had the same problem & solved it,here’s how.put your mouse pointer on to the video your watching,then right click on it,click settings,then click display,then uncheck
    enable hardware acceleration,then click close.
    now on your browser click refresh or reload depending
    on the browser you use.The video will now restart without blurring.The problem is some of todays computers have too much power to run flash player videos.After watching your videos you can reanble hard ware acceleration the same way if you want to.

    1. priya

      it was not so with me…but u gave me the clue to handle this problem…it worked fantastic 😀
      Thanks a lot 🙂

    2. A

      When i right click on the video , it doesn’t give the option ‘settings’. How can that be?

  2. zegeli

    Hi Guys,

    I was having the same issue, I am uploading screen recordings and even though the videos look great on video player on my computer they look blurry on youtube. So I did this fix and now after enabling hardware acceleration it looks good. However what about my viewers? I cannot expect people to know this fix. Isnt there a permanent solution for this? Am I doing something wrong when uploading the videoS? I am testing my videos on other computers and I get the bllury video again so for me its not a solution since my viewers will see them blurry anyways. Please help.

  3. vfvgsdgn

    no both the ways didnt help me 🙁 i tried 4 times 🙁 🙁 🙁 🙁 🙁

    1. infoave Post author

      Are your sure your Internet connection isn’t to blame. Just because you’re paying for high-speed Internet doesn’t mean you’re getting it. Go to http://www.speedtest.net and tell us what your download and upload speeds are.

  4. jeff phillips

    You tube makes tons of money each year. Why cany someone there fix the dark movies that have a bright spot in the middle. Also when I try to watch help tutorials most of the time the screen goes black at the first of the video making many of the unwatchable. I hope thet soon there will be some effective competion from some other company for you tube.

    1. infoave Post author

      I think most of the content on YouTube is user-created. i’m not aware though, of “dark movies” with bright spots in the middle, but then I’m not a big YouTube fan. i would think dark movies with bright spots would be the fault of whoever made it – as far as I know YouTube does not make any of the videos on YouTube – they’re all uploaded by people, companies, groups, etc. I may be wrong but I don’t think YouTube creates any content for YouTube.

  5. Priya

    Hi Guys,

    After downloading the videos from you tube through youtube downloader, at first it was running at HD display, but just before few days all the videos got blured and reduced quality , where as the same video runs in HD quality on my mobile.

    Need Help regarding this.


    1. infoave Post author

      Sounds like a video card issue… definitely does not sound like a driver or software issue.

  6. jam

    HI guys, well I am having the same problem. Any videos I watch was blurry. But it isnt like this before. My dad probs accidentaly clicked on something and every vids I watch is alreafy blur eveb though I updated the app already. DO you guys know how to resolve this.? Pls help me 🙁

    1. infoave Post author

      Hi, sorry, not enough info to be able to help you.


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