Downloading 720p & 1080p HD YouTube videos disabled?

Discussion in 'Digital Video' started by lexurious18, Apr 3, 2010.

  1. lexurious18 macrumors newbie

    Apr 3, 2010
    As of April 2nd, 2010 youTube has changed their code so that you can't download 720p & 1080p videos anymore. Has anyone found a workaround? :confused:
  2. natlinxz macrumors newbie

    Dec 10, 2009
    Hey, don't be a pedophile!
    Could you provide some detail on what method you are using to download the videos? MPEG Streamclip? Realplayer? It could easily be a glitch in your program.
  3. notjustjay macrumors 603


    Sep 19, 2003
    Canada, eh?
    Open HD video page in Safari.

    Open Activity window.

    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.

    (Edit - I did the below steps initially before I realized there was a much shorter way to do it!)

    Hit Edit|Copy.

    Open Terminal window.

    Type the following:

    curl "<cmd-v>" > video.mp4

    Wait as the video file is downloaded into your home directory and named "video.mp4" (or whatever you want to call it).
  4. mwilloam macrumors newbie

    Apr 3, 2010
    Did you try double clicking in the activity window while holding the option/alt key? Try that.
  5. lexurious18 thread starter macrumors newbie

    Apr 3, 2010
    BINGO! That worked! Thanks!:D
  6. ToddJ macrumors 6502

    May 23, 2008
    I used to be able to do this with a bookmarklet in Safari. I would click on the bookmarklet and all the sizes choices (ex. mp4, 720p, 1080p if the video was available in those sizes) would show up. Now those bookmarklets don't work. Has anyone made a new bookmarklet that does? I can't find one anywhere....
  7. huntercr macrumors 65816

    Jun 6, 2006
    Another option is to use ClickToFlash, which is a free flash blocker with a Youtube H.264 redirector and includes a download option if you right click on the H.264 video object.
  8. Pigumon macrumors 6502


    Aug 4, 2004
    I was using DownloadHelper for Firefox, but it's currently not working either! I guess I'll use this method until they update DH.

  9. NeoNirvana macrumors newbie

    Jun 11, 2010
    As of two days ago, it seems to be disabled for me. And even worse, now adding " &fmt=18 " to the URL, which would change it to the original quality and download in .mp4 format through the activity window... now it downloads .flv no matter what.. can anyone help?

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