Downloading Tutorials from YouTube?

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  1. jparker402 macrumors member

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    There is a tutorial (or two) on YouTube that I would like to download to watch while I am with my wife at the nursing home. I would watch them via wifi, but the nursing home's wifi is horribly slow - and I do mean horribly! So I thought I would try to download the tutorial so I could watch it smoothly. But I don't know how to download from YouTube. I may have found a way (something about putting an "ss" between the www. and the title in the url) but when I just did that it looked like the machine wanted me to download some program. Afraid of malware, thought I would ask here to see how to proceed. Must admit I have not looked for a Mac Store app; will do that while waiting for some kind souls to help. Thanks!!
     
  2. danny_w macrumors 601

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    I use the iSkysoft utility and it works great. There is a free version and a paid version with more features. They both work for YouTube videos.
     
  3. KALLT macrumors 601

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    If it is just for two videos, there are tons of websites that do this for you. You can find them with a web search.

    ClipGrab is a decent and free GUI option and for the command line I recommend youtube-dl, which you can install via Homebrew.
     
  4. jparker402 thread starter macrumors member

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    Will check these in a bit as time allows. Off now to see my wife. I did fid a wikihow site that talks to (among other things) downloading using the VLC player, which I have. Unfortunately, so far I can't find the things to click that they talk to. Did get the video playing, but trying to find media menus, network steams, and codec info, etc, it quit.
     
  5. Fishrrman macrumors G4

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    Safari extensions:
    - Click to flash
    - Fastest Tube
     
  6. jparker402 thread starter macrumors member

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    Had eventual success from something called Ummy.net (?) though it was mostly by trial and error. And discovered that it was free only for a one time shot; any additional is pay. And it was not as intuitively obvious as I need. So will look for something else. Took a quick peek last night at "Click to Flash" and "Fastest Tube". Will have to check more; they seem a bit complicated, as I remember. But then I am fairly dense with such things.
     
  7. danny_w macrumors 601

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    https://www.iskysoft.com/free-mac-video-downloader.html

    Totally free, works wonderfully, very easy to use. Don't mess with the complicated workarounds. They also have a paid version which adds more features but for what you want this is an everyday utility worth having IMHO.
     
  8. jparker402, Dec 3, 2016
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    jparker402 thread starter macrumors member

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    Danny, I tried iskysoft first, before I latched onto ummy. But I could not get it to work (I think). After I pressed download, it just appeared to sit there not doing anything. Admittedly I am still more use to Windows, so find it hard to determine whether a number of things on OS are actually working. Nothing appeared to be downloading so I gave up and moved on. Any suggestions?

    Hmm. Just found a YouTube tutorial on iskysoft. It may be that it didn't download because I did not reset the security to allow downloading from a non-Apple approved site. I take it that no one has any malware from iskysoft? Okay to deselect that security feature?
     
  9. Zazoh macrumors 6502a

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    I'm a subscriber of YouTube, no adds and the ability to save files for offline viewing or listening. Their library of music is 3-4 times the amount of music of Spotify or Apple so I've found it to be an all around better solution. So, there is always that as a non-free option as well. In addition you get subscription to Google Music too. If you are not a music streamer and like ads, then there is no reason to use that as a solution with so many good choices above.
     

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