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Old Oct 20, 2010, 08:34 AM   #1
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What do you use to download youtube?

Hello,

I am having a very hard time downloading youtube videos.
I have an app that will take out the video and turn the audio into mp3 which works perfectly

but I do not have an app that will download the video to view it at a later time.

I used to use Jdownloader , but downloading stops with a message saying "Aborted" , and sometimes when it is downloaded , the video will be corrupted with a blackout.

Please help, what do you use?
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Old Oct 20, 2010, 08:41 AM   #2
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I use the video downloader for firefox as it's the only one that i know that works at the moment. I'd prefer a plugin for safari or chrome as i hate firefox.

Then i just open the .flv in quicktime and convert to mp3 or appletv (for itunes) in there. An app that did the downloading and converting would be perfect but I think google changes youtube often enough that it breaks most programs and those horrible add-supported sites are too slow.

For just mp3s, use dirpy http://www.dirpy.com/
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Old Oct 20, 2010, 08:41 AM   #3
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I open the activity window in safari and download the flash video file. Then I convert as necessary with quicktime pro.
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Old Oct 20, 2010, 08:41 AM   #4
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How to download youtube videos from Safari browser in Mac OS
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Old Oct 20, 2010, 08:45 AM   #5
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I open the activity window in safari and download the flash video file. Then I convert as necessary with quicktime pro.
Does that still work for you? If i open activity monitor it doesn't show the actual video file url with youtube on either flash or x264.
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Old Oct 20, 2010, 08:49 AM   #6
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Does that still work for you? If i open activity monitor it doesn't show the actual video file url with youtube on either flash or x264.
Yes, it still works. You can locate the URL by the size of the file. Usually, it's the only file over 1MB. See the instructions in the 2nd link posted by spinnerlys.
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Old Oct 20, 2010, 09:00 AM   #7
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Yes, it still works. You can locate the URL by the size of the file. Usually, it's the only file over 1MB. See the instructions in the 2nd link posted by spinnerlys.
The file size for some elements no longer shows up but there I've just looked and one of the urls had a link with v9cache or something similar in it which seems to download the video. I've just been trying and i think, if you set it up to the html5 beta, you can just right click on the video and download the x264 mp4 version but i doubt that will last long.
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Old Oct 20, 2010, 09:04 AM   #8
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I just started to use this: http://www.wondershare.com/pro/mac-f...ownloader.html

Seems to work pretty well and it will convert the file to an iPod/iPhone/iPad friendly format. Haven't really looked at what differentiates the paid version over the free one, but the free one works for me.

Edit: I stand corrected, the paid version allows you to convert to another format; I don't see why something like handbrake wouldn't be able to perform this same function.
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The file size for some elements no longer shows up but there I've just looked and one of the urls had a link with v9cache or something similar in it which seems to download the video. I've just been trying and i think, if you set it up to the html5 beta, you can just right click on the video and download the x264 mp4 version but i doubt that will last long.
Can you post the link to the video in question?
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Old Oct 20, 2010, 09:19 AM   #10
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Just for a few music videos. The one i just tried as a test was this one http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uelHwf8o7_U

On safari on the html5 beta i get an option on right click of download viedo and this downloads the 720 x264 version which works fine in itunes. On activity monitor i get a lot of elements under youtube but lots of them are missing filesizes and the large (video) filesize is missing.

On firefox, the downloader plugin comes up with a lot of flv files and two mp4 versions. The mp4 versions are 720 and 1080 and i'm guessing the flv files are all sizes 320 - 1080.
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Old Oct 20, 2010, 09:23 AM   #11
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Just for a few music videos. The one i just tried as a test was this one http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uelHwf8o7_U.
From Window > Activity:
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Name:	ScreenCap 2.PNG
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Size:	128.8 KB
ID:	256494
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Old Oct 20, 2010, 09:29 AM   #12
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Yea it used to do that for me. I'm just saying that it no longer does that for me. It could be that i signed up for that html5 youtube beta or an add or flash blocker pluging that means i don't get that anymore.

This way though i can download the mp4 straight away and not bother with converting!

I did used to think that google were acting like myspace did years ago and make the music player not show up songs in activity monitor but its probably just a plugin or something on my computer.



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Yea it used to do that for me. I'm just saying that it no longer does that for me. It could be that i signed up for that html5 youtube beta or an add or flash blocker pluging that means i don't get that anymore.
I tried with and without the HTML5 beta and it works the same way for me. If it was an ad-blocker or flash blocker responsible (I have both), that would mean you wouldn't be able to see the video. I'm not sure what would prevent you from seeing the link.
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Old Oct 21, 2010, 02:40 AM   #14
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so the best way to download youtube videos on the mac is by using safari's activity window?
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Old Oct 21, 2010, 02:53 AM   #15
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@GGJstudios tried on my mac at home and it works through activity monitor there. Must just be something on my work mac.

@kingmohd84 I think the easiest way is to just use the html5 beta www.youtube.com/html5 and just right click and download video downloads the highest quality mp4 file so no converting for itunes.
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Old Oct 21, 2010, 04:26 PM   #16
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I use a Firefox add-on called Karbon.
https://addons.mozilla.org/en-US/firefox/addon/54453/

It downloads the video as an flv but its super simple.

You could use Vidora to convert the file to mp4 if you wanted.
http://www.videora.com/en-us/Convert...d/download.php
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Old Oct 21, 2010, 05:17 PM   #17
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I used to use clipnabber it worked really well for more than just youtube but now I use the activity window.... is easier than opening a new tab and downloading. I usually just play everything in vlc or convert with handbrake. For just mp3's I use an app called iExtractMP3
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Old Oct 23, 2010, 11:47 AM   #18
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is there anything that allows for batch downloading?
say, a whole channel/playlist etc...
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Old Aug 23, 2013, 09:29 AM   #19
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Need to bump this thread after finding it though Google.

What do you guys use to download videos off of YouTube these days?
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Need to bump this thread after finding it though Google.

What do you guys use to download videos off of YouTube these days?
I still use the same method, involving the Activity Window, or simply right click on the video to download it, using the ClicktoFlash extension.
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I thought the Activity Window method no longer worked/ was possible in Safari 6 (I am using 6.0.5).
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I thought the Activity Window method no longer worked/ was possible in Safari 6 (I am using 6.0.5).
There have been mixed reports on whether it works or not. If you try it and it doesn't work, use ClicktoFlash, which is actually easier.
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OK, just spent some time trying with Safari alone and it works.

You need to enable the Developer menu in Safari > Settings > under the Advanced tab.

Hit option + command + U before you navigate to youtube.com to show the Source Console.

Once you proceed to Youtube and start playing a video, expand the "Other" folder in the left column in the console.
You are looking for the videoplayback string.

If you double-click it, it should open in a new tab and you can highlight all in the address field and press option + enter to get it download. It will be in your Downloads folder.

But I found that some videos have several videoplayback strings. Haven't figured out this part.
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Best app so far!

http://www.speedtao.net/
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I've always had good luck with a free program called Convert Files http://www.convertfiles.com
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