How to Download YouTube Videos

Discussion in 'Mac Apps and Mac App Store' started by lugesm, Jun 8, 2012.

  1. lugesm macrumors 6502a

    lugesm

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    Anyone know of a free utility to allow Macintosh to download YouTube videos ?

    Also, any way to convert VLC video to other formats on the Mac.

    Thanks for your help.
     
  2. Futhark macrumors 65816

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    Install Firefox and add the plugin download helper. This gets you your videos.

    Use Handbrake to covert videos. Both are free
     
  3. Dave Braine macrumors 68040

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    Install the Fastestube extension for Safari. It puts a download button on YouTube pages.
    http://kwizzu.com/
     
  4. lugesm thread starter macrumors 6502a

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    That works for me. Thanks for all your comments.
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  5. jammybastard macrumors regular

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  6. GGJstudios macrumors Westmere

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    If you're using Safari, first try right-clicking the video to see if "Download Video" is an option. It should be if you're using the HTML5 trial.

    If not, while viewing the video just click Window > Activity then identify the video in the list of elements (it will likely show something like "258K of 1.8MB" and will be the largest file on the list.
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    Hold the option key down and double-click the file to download.
     
  7. Eidorian macrumors Penryn

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    I have noticed lately that those videos are being chopped on the "preferred" host down into smaller chunks for better streaming. I had a 720p video made up of 2.8 MB chunks. I was wondering what was going on until I noticed that there was a list of 2.8 MB files that made up the entire video.
     
  8. GGJstudios macrumors Westmere

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    I've seen that, as well, but if I recall, I was still able to download the complete video. Do you have a link to an example of that, so I can test and try to recall how I did it?
     
  9. Eidorian macrumors Penryn

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    I will test it out but sadly I do not recall which previous video at was. I was not using the "Download Video" context option though but the Activity log.
     
  10. GGJstudios macrumors Westmere

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    I found one. I think the way I dealt with that is to use file2hd.com to download the entire video. Thanks for reminding me about those segmented videos.
     
  11. Eidorian macrumors Penryn

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    Thanks, I will have to try that when I get back home. I just need to find a video I want to download though. :rolleyes:
     

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