how to watch youtube videos

Discussion in 'Mac Basics and Help' started by norcalstadium, Jun 17, 2007.

  1. norcalstadium macrumors member

    Jun 4, 2007
    i've been playing around with the activity and download windows, and it seems like it is possible to play youtube videos directly from my mac's harddrive.
    for example, when you go to this pages' activity meter ( ), the video is the one that 8.7 MB. when I transfer that video to the downloads window, the video goes to my desktop. when I try to watch the video, i get the attached error message.

    i really want to be able to watch youtube videos when I travel, for example, so please help me out!!

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  2. gr8tfly macrumors 603


    Oct 29, 2006
    ~119W 34N
    It's a Flash Video file (.flv). You need something like VisualHub to convert it to MP4 (or other supported format).

    The other option might be to install Perian plug-in, which I believe supports .flv.
  3. UnitedRed macrumors member

    Jan 30, 2006
    I use isquint to convert them, just drag the file into it and press the button
  4. neonblue2 macrumors 6502a

    Aug 25, 2006
    Port Pirie, South Australia
    Go and grab Perian (a QuickTime plugin) and add .flv to the end of the file name. It will then play in QuickTime.
  5. psycoswimmer macrumors 65816


    Sep 27, 2006
  6. norcalstadium thread starter macrumors member

    Jun 4, 2007
    i just downloaded perian, but I do not know what to do now. I added .flv to the video name, but it still isn't playing..
    thanks for bearing with me (im new to mac..obviously).

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