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Downloading YouTube Videos

Tuesday, February 3rd, 2009 by | Filed Under: Multimedia, Using The Internet

Downloading YouTube Videos

As you may recall, a few days ago, we covered downloading YouTube videos using a service called KeepVid. Well, today, I’m going to make downloading YouTube videos even easier! By using a bookmarklet, you can download videos right from YouTube, with no need to go to another Web site. The videos are saved in an MP4 format, which is perfect for iPods and Sony PSPs. I’m telling you, saving videos has never been more simple. Let’s take a look and see what we’ve got, shall we?!

If you’re not familiar with bookmarklets, it might help to read this article before continuing with this tip.

1.) Once you have the Links bar enabled, simply drag or right click and add the following link to your Favorites:
Get YouTube Video.

2.) Next, head on over to a YouTube video of your choice. I’ll be using the Skateboarding Dog video as my example. (If you’ve never seen it, you can view it here).

3.) Once the video begins to play, click on the Get YouTube Video link.

4.) A download box will then appear. All you need to do is click Save.

5.) Save the file with a unique name and voila. You have a brand new video file!

Now, for those of you using Firefox, a Greasemonkey script can provide a download link directly to the video page.

1.) To install the script, visit this link and click on the Install button.

2.) When you visit a YouTube video, you’ll then see this link:

3.) Actually, all you have to do is click on the link and you’ll be prompted to save the video. Cool, huh?!

Also, to add the videos to iTunes and your iPod, just follow these steps:

1.) Go to File and click on Add File to Library.

2.) Select the video and click Open. The video will then be added to your movie collection.

3.) There you have it! A complete guide to getting your favorite YouTube videos on your iPod.


~ Neil Patel

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