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What's the approx. MB-per-minute size of youtube videos?


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#1 Mr_Bacon

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Posted 22 July 2011 - 08:17 PM

Long story short, I maxed out my bandwidth cap 2 days ago.
I have 13 more days until the next billing period start and my cap is reset.

Obviously this would happen just in time for SDCC, and all of the new gameplay videos that come with it.

My ISP will charge me $2 per GB that I go over the limit. So what is the approx file size per minute of video for YouTube vids in 420p and 1080p? Dare I watch them, or will they make my wallet sad?

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#2 Elder III

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Posted 22 July 2011 - 09:08 PM

5 minute youtube should be around 10mb.... for 360-420p videos, although it can vary due to quality of the video, etc...  1080p is allot more - around 180mb for a 22 min (1/2 hour tv show) clip.  

I'm a little rusty on this stuff, so someone else may want to collaborate what I posted before taking it to the bank. ;)

#3 Grit

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Posted 22 July 2011 - 09:10 PM

You won't be going anywhere near a GB with the low-res youtube videos coming out of Comic-Con, but be wary of those that are in HD.

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Posted 22 July 2011 - 10:30 PM

It looks like 1GB/hr for high def and about 1/3rd of that for normal.  That is from the credible looking answers I found on google and is close to the numbers I know for other video file format formats.

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Posted 23 July 2011 - 01:23 AM

Grit said:

You won't be going anywhere near a GB with the low-res youtube videos coming out of Comic-Con, but be wary of those that are in HD.

lol, even then, $2 a gb? That's nothing, compared to what ISPs can get away with charging you here. I download all the videos I watch (hate hate hate streaming) and the new GameTrailers video of engineer gameplay was only like 160mb. So you could watch/download about 6 of those videos while staying well under 1gb of usage.

#6 Elder III

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Posted 23 July 2011 - 01:49 AM

dhatcher1 said:

It looks like 1GB/hr for high def and about 1/3rd of that for normal.  That is from the credible looking answers I found on google and is close to the numbers I know for other video file format formats.

was that for 720p or 1080p?

#7 dhatcher1

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Posted 23 July 2011 - 06:40 AM

Elder III said:

was that for 720p or 1080p?
Thats a safe approximation for 1080 from what I could tell.  720 should be almost half that.

#8 Elder III

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Posted 23 July 2011 - 02:56 PM

^ that sounds about right... I think I screwed up and forgot that 720p is considered "HD" in my earlier post (I think of 1080p as "HD" myself). :s

#9 Blackhearted

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Posted 23 July 2011 - 09:39 PM

Elder III said:

5 minute youtube should be around 10mb.... for 360-420p videos, although it can vary due to quality of the video, etc...  1080p is allot more - around 180mb for a 22 min (1/2 hour tv show) clip.  

I'm a little rusty on this stuff, so someone else may want to collaborate what I posted before taking it to the bank. ;)

180mb for 22 mins at 1080p would have to be very poor quality to be that small. That size for 22min would sound more correct for about 480p.

Anyway, as for the question... When judging by the youtube videos i've downloaded in 720p, they tend to be anywhere around 15-20MB per min. Which would be about 900-1200MB per hour. 1080p will obviously be significantly higher and isn't recommended unless you want big overage costs.

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Posted 28 July 2011 - 05:41 PM

It depends on the video, but to get a ballpark estimation, I downloaded a pair of random 1-minute videos from Youtube, here are the sizes:

360p - 4.6 MB and 4.5 MB
480p - 6.7 MB and 6.1 MB
720p - 15.3 MB and 15.3 MB

And two random 10-minute videos:
360p - 45.6 MB and 32.4 MB
480p - 93.6 MB and 71.7 MB
720p - 150.3 MB and 153.0 MB

#11 dhatcher1

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Posted 28 July 2011 - 05:53 PM

Minttunator said:

720p - 150.3 MB and 153.0 MB
That means 720p is 1GB/hour and 1080p would be nearly 2GB/hour for a safe estimate.

#12 Blackhearted

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Posted 29 July 2011 - 04:06 PM

Which was pretty much what i came up with for 720p. Only with a bit more variance as my sample size was greater than 2.