downloading youtube videos stopped working

Discussion in 'Digital Audio' started by najicta, Apr 17, 2012.

  1. macrumors member

    Oct 28, 2009
    For years, I've used the old "Safari Activity Window" trick to download videos from youtube and now, all of a sudden, it has stopped working. the activity window used to show a .swf file that I could download. now, none are available. I know what file it is in the list, but it won't download as a .swf file. instead it downloads as a document. anyone know why or how I can fix it?
  2. macrumors 6502a

    Sep 22, 2010
    Hanover MD
    Get glimmerblocker, it will allow downloading of hd video in mp4 format.
  3. Guest


    Apr 26, 2005
    Los Angeles, CA
    I just find the file in the Activity window that has the largest filesize. Many times that is "videoplayback" (with no extension) which is actually an MP4.
  4. macrumors 68000

    Feb 21, 2012
    New Jersey Pine Barrens
    I always used to do this myself too. But recently it doesn't seem to work for me. So I have been using a free program called MacTubes and that works well (in spite of the fact that it often puts up an alert saying there was an error).
  5. macrumors 65816


    Oct 9, 2010
    I recently went through all this malarky it took a long time but eventually I came across FastestTube which is a Safari extension that adds a download button to youtube videos. Couldn't be simpler.

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