I'm trying to download 480p format youtube video using youtube-dl using

youtube-dl -f 135+141 --prefer-ffmpeg <url>

and i get the following error and it failed to mix audio and video

WARNING: Your copy of avconv is outdated, update avconv to version 10-0 or newer if you encounter any errors.

I have tried the solution given in avconv version and youtube-dl by mchid and Avconv warning while downloading YouTube video by user35186, still the problem has not been solved and now it shows

WARNING: Your copy of ffmpeg is outdated, update ffmpeg to version 1.0 or newer if you encounter any errors.
ERROR: Failed to set value 'copy' for option 'c'.

How do I solve this and download 480p format video ?

Other Details:-

Ubuntu 12.04.5 LTS

youtube-dl 2016.02.04

ffmpeg version 0.8.17-4:0.8.17-0ubuntu0.12.04.1


It involves a reasonable amount of work but one method would be:

  1. Install the latest FFmpeg following these directions. This will not interfere with any system FFmpeg or avconv installations.
  2. Make sure you have the latest youtube-dl by running:

    sudo youtube-dl --update
  3. Point youtube-dl to your new, local copy of FFmpeg:

    youtube-dl -f 135+141 --prefer-ffmpeg --ffmpeg-location $HOME/bin <url>
  4. Decrease your commandline complexity by adding your preferences to your $HOME/.config/youtube-dl.conf file as:

    --ffmpeg-location $HOME/bin

It is a little hassle but once setup correctly you should have no further issues...

  • this did not work.
    – Sooraj S
    Feb 7 '16 at 15:04
  • 1
    Certainly works at this end :). Which part failed?
    – andrew.46
    Feb 7 '16 at 18:40

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