What do you use to download youtube?

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    MacBH928

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    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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    I just started to use this: http://www.wondershare.com/pro/mac-free-youtube-downloader.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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    Can you post the link to the video in question?
     
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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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    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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    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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    so the best way to download youtube videos on the mac is by using safari's activity window?
    interesting
     
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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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    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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    is there anything that allows for batch downloading?
    say, a whole channel/playlist etc...
     
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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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    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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    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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