Downloading youtube videos

I have posted previously about youtube videos and how I am a big fan of it as a resource. I noticed recently that a really good video has been taken off and this is one of the downfalls of this service – that the videos can be removed by those who originally post them. A way around this is to download the videos and keep them in case they are removed. Downloading can also be helpful if you plan to use the videos in class and the internet is down or unavailable. I have played around with lots of ways to download youtube videos so thought I would put a few of the easiest ways I have found.

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1. Get YouTube video – this is by far the easiest way I have come across. It allows you to download the videos as mp4 files which are much more convenient and useable than the usual .flv files. Go to this google blog for instructions on how it all works.

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2. Unplug – this one is a firefox add on and presents itself as a little fish that is on your toolbar. When you are on the page with the video you want you simply click on the fish and it shows you all the files on the page that can be downloaded. Only problem with this way (and most other ways I have come across) is that it will only download it as an .flv file which is not as versatile as .mp4 format. You need to have a program to run the .flv files. Which makes the process a little cluncky. SWF & FLV PLayer is the one I use to play these files.

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3. Video Downloader – another firefox add on that will download the videos in .flv format. The link provided has a good explanation of how this one works but is essentially very similar to Unplug.

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4. Video Download x – is a web-based downloader which means you do not have to download any software etc. I have found that the quality of the downloads is not quite as good as the other methods but still useful if the others are not workable for any reason.There are a lot more applications out there that do the same job. Let me know if you find any that should be on the list!!

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  3. MP4 files will play with Quicktime which can be downloaded for both Mac and PC platforms. Here is a weblink for quicktime download – http://www.apple.com/quicktime/download . I am sure there are plenty of other applications that do the same also but I know this one works.

  4. The tool I use, Videoraptor, downloads videos and MP3 from youtube and also it converts the files into the formats I need in order to be played on other devices, it supports even mobile formats.

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