Best program to download and save videos from youtube

Discussion in 'Digital Video' started by jumpmanpro97, Jul 20, 2011.

  1. jumpmanpro97 macrumors member

    Jun 30, 2010
    I was using but suddenly I wasn't able to download the videos anymore. Anyone suggest any other alternatives on how download and save videos from youtube. I am mostly saving official music videos.
  2. bluap84 macrumors 6502

    Feb 12, 2011
    thats the one i use. along with the snapmp3
  3. S.Jobs macrumors member

    Dec 31, 2010
    just use the extension for google chrome. it is really easy and dont have to leave the page of the youtube video
  4. Mr-Stabby macrumors 6502

    Sep 1, 2004
    ClipGrab is the best program i've found for such things. It even does the simple things like automatically selects a YouTube video if you've got it open or have the link in your Clipboard.
  5. steadysignal macrumors 6502a


    Dec 21, 2010
    thank you for this. after trying and failing with a few others, this recommendation fit the bill.
  6. legreve macrumors regular


    Nov 22, 2010
    Once again I'll suggest JDownloader... it will grab all sizes available of the video, the mp3 part and the FLV part.

    Have JDownloader open, and then just copy the address line of the youtube vid. JD will then pick it up from the clipboard and with a right click and "Continue with all" you start downloading it... I've never tried anything easier.

    Best part... you can associate your Rapidshare, Filesonic, Hotfile, anything, with the program and it will use your premium membership to download at full speed... again just by copying the address of the file.

    Second best part... they also added an app for it now, so you can watch your downloads from afar and I think there was even an option to remote desktop your computer from the app. I haven't tried that out yet though.
  7. Dave Braine macrumors 68040

    Dave Braine

    Mar 19, 2008
    Warrington, UK
  8. skrista86 macrumors newbie

    Jul 18, 2011
    Here is a way easier way of doing this.

    go to, download and install Youtube Downloader for Mac, is a free installable software
    Launch Safari and browse the videos you want to download. When you begin to play the video, a download button could appear on the top of the video. Directly click the download button to add the video you need to the download list.
    That's it! The video downloader begins to work.
  9. apeden macrumors member

    Jul 21, 2011
    I just use MPEG streamclip, you can get it for free off of google. It should cost money to use this program but its all free. You can do so many things with it. Its an amazing program!
  10. xizar macrumors regular

    Dec 17, 2009
    I use a Chrome extension called "Chrome YouTube Downloader". I can't find the link on the google app store but the guy's website which will get you to the downloader is
  11. thelongmorrow macrumors member

    Feb 12, 2009
    Upstate, NY
    I Second Clip Grab, It is FREE and the easiest to use! Try it.
  12. howardnow macrumors member

    Mar 29, 2004

    Open the desired HD youtube video clip in Safari you want to download.
    (best to open in new Safari Window)

    Open Activity window (in Safari window menu).

    Find URL of video (the one that's multi-megabytes long and probably still downloading as you're looking through the URL list).

    Select the URL.

    Option-double-click to download the file.

    If you want or need to convert the file once downloaded, then open it in mpeg stream clip (convert to quicktime, etc)
  13. Libertine Lush, Jul 27, 2011
    Last edited: Jul 27, 2011

    Libertine Lush macrumors 6502a

    Nov 23, 2009
    Nothing happens when I option-double click the URL for the youtube video I'd like to download. This is what the URL looks like: http://o-o.preferred.nuq04s10.v24.l...11818400&key=yt1&ipbits=0&id=37ae873e84010a19

    Is that URL just not workable in this situation?


    Nevermind. It did work. It just had to re-download it again when I option-double clicked it, so it took a while. Didn't notice until the Downloads folder in the dock was bouncing. Thank you.
  14. Mr. Retrofire macrumors 603

    Mr. Retrofire

    Mar 2, 2010

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