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May 02, 2012, 20:24

Often, YouTube FLVs not only have a fairly low bitrate, but they also have low sample rates as well. I like to use the -ab and -ar switches together. I think YT usually downsamples files to 64Kbps and 22050Hz, so increasing the bitrate and sample rate to at least 160Kbps (I usually start at 192Kbps) and 44100Hz respectively removes much of the high-frequency distortion in most YT vids and at least gives the illusion of a higher-quality audio file.

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