Looking for a good (and hopefully free) youtube downloader ....

Discussion in 'Mac Apps and Mac App Store' started by eroxx, May 10, 2011.

  1. eroxx macrumors 6502a

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    I want something where I don't have to tell it how to convert it every single time I download; I want to be able to specify a default. Any apps/programs anyone is happy with?? Thanks!
     
  2. -tWv- macrumors 68000

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    Not sure about conversions, but I know MacTubes is a good youtube video downloader.

    Also, I do know of an extension called download helper if you are using Firefox. You are supposed to be able to set it to convert files automatically when they are downloaded. Haven't tried it for myself yet, but that's what I normally use to download youtube videos.
     
  3. eroxx thread starter macrumors 6502a

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    sorry; I should have said I was using Chrome.

    I'll check out MacTubes; thanks
     
  4. Repo macrumors 6502a

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    Well there's your mistake. :D
     
  5. drossad macrumors regular

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    Check out clipgrab. I can't remember whether it's free or not though.
     
  6. thesk1llerz macrumors member

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    If you just want audio files you can try this website:
    http://www.vidtomp3.com/
    It does look a bit fishy at times but I can vouch for it.

    ~ SK1llz
     
  7. hollerz macrumors 6502a

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  8. darren.scott macrumors newbie

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    Command, Option, A in Safari - find the file (large MB) and double click to download. Quickest and easiest way I've found - then I just use iflicks or handbrake to convert.
     
  9. Jony Mac macrumors 6502

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    This is what I do..no sense getting extra plugins or programs. This is the easiest way to do this.
     
  10. jahala macrumors regular

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    I do this too. Piece of cake. Occasionally, instead of downloading, the video will play in a window by itself. If that happens, select the whole URL in the new window and drag it to the Safari Downloads window. It will start downloading.
     
  11. steveoc macrumors regular

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    Not free, but easy to use is CosmoPod. I like it because it not only grabs the file, but it also automatically converts it to mp4 or m4v and delivers it where I want it to go. I download a lot of videos and find that it is worth the modest price because it saves a few steps. It's a Safari plugin.

    Otherwise, the activity window technique works fine.
     

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