Can't download youtube videos?

Discussion in 'Mac Basics and Help' started by DannyNguyener, Jul 31, 2011.

  1. DannyNguyener macrumors regular


    Mar 13, 2010
    I generally use the safari method to download my videos, (Window+Activity) but recently, whenever clicking on the video in the activity window, it just opens up another page where the video starts playing....can anyone help me with this? I'm a heavy youtube downloader.
  2. DannyNguyener thread starter macrumors regular


    Mar 13, 2010
    Thanks for the reply, but I honestly prefer to use the Safari downloader for its simplicity....anyone have any problems with it?
  3. thingfishs macrumors newbie

    Jul 31, 2011
    the activity method is working for me (Safari 5.1 Mac 10.6.8),
    maybe different videos have different kinds of protection - maybe try a few to see if they're all not working.
  4. Akid0 macrumors newbie

    Apr 6, 2010
    Not working

    With Os X Lion on Safari 5.1 not working
  5. Dave Felix macrumors 6502a

    Dave Felix

    Apr 9, 2011
    Scranton, Pennsylvania
  6. jrbuhia macrumors newbie

    Mar 29, 2011
    Not working

    same here... not working with safari 5.1 lion os x... would still prefer the old way than putting "kick" before the url...
  7. borisiii, Aug 13, 2011
    Last edited: Aug 13, 2011

    borisiii macrumors 6502

    Jul 4, 2010
    EDIT: An even better solution is just to hold option as you double click the video in the activity window. The method below still works but this gives you the exact same functionality as in Snow Leopard.

    I experienced this as well, but have found a solution. It's not as elegant as in Snow Leopard but it works:

    If you just want to watch the video without flash's laggy performance and loud fans, especially HD stuff, steps 1-5 are all you need. To save the video to your computer, follow 6 and 7 as well. Enjoy.

    1 Double click the video in the activity window to open it in a new tab
    2 Copy the URL of the new page with just the video in it
    3 Open QuickTime
    4 Click File > Open Location (or press cmd-L)
    5 Paste the URL of the video - it will now open in QuickTime
    6 Click File > Export (or press cmd-shift-S)
    7 Choose a location and save.
  8. maril1111 macrumors 68000


    Mar 14, 2010
    Another vote for

    It gives you a variety of formats and in case you don't want the video use

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