Can You Save Streaming Video from YouTube?
Yes and you’ll be surprise to know that it’s not going to take a degree in Computer Engineer to do it. YouTube is the most popular video hosting site out there even though there are countless sites that ever existed.The nice thing about YouTube is it’s like the “Video Universe”. Whatever video or topics you want to find out, YouTube probably have it.
And you have probably watched some great videos that wowed you and making you wonder if there’s a way for you save streaming video from YouTube.
And maybe you’re asking why would you be interested to download video from YouTube.
You probably would like to save it and then show it to your friends since that particular video just really caught your attention. After saving it in your computer, you could then upload it to your ipod or even your kid’s PSP (even though adults have been known to play PSP as well).
Another great reason to save streaming video from YouTube if you’re an internetmarketer is to embed it in your own website. Yes, you just embed it also to post it on your blog or website. But if you download it, you could do your own editing of the video and probably add some your own or additional useful information. (Note: Make sure that you pay attention to copyrights rules.)
The proceeding video on “How to Save Streaming Video From YouTube” is a step by step tutorial in accomplishing this process.
Take note that with the VideoDownloader mentioned will allow you to save videos not only from YouTube/Google but also to most other video hosting sites.
How do I download or save a YouTube video to my computer?YouTube has been designed to only allow users to watch and view videos on their website. Many users want to save their favorite videos to their computer so they can watch them without being connected to the Internet and/or so they can watch them on other devices. Below are the steps required for downloading and watching YouTube videos on your computer for free.
Getting the YouTube file to your computer
Today, there are several online websites setup that allow you to enter the URL of the video you wish to save to the computer and be able to quickly get a link to download the file. Below is a short list of some of the more popular free websites.Download YouTube video
Below is a brief description of how to do this.
1.Go to the YouTube video page and copy the URL of the video you wish to save. For example, below is a URL to a video on YouTube.
2.If done properly the page should open a new window or display a link that can be clicked to start the download of the video file. Click that link and save the file.
3.Once this address has been copied visit one of the above pages and paste that URL into the text field and hit the submit or download button.
As many of the pages state you’ll have to either save the file with a name and an extension that ends with .flv. If you did not save the file with .flv at the end you can right-click the file after it’s been downloaded and rename the file so it ends with .flv.
Download YouTube movies to playback movies on their site. In addition to being universally supported on most computers, one of the many benefits of using Flash from a publishers standpoint is making it harder for people to download the movies. It’s not impossible and depending on how the Flash movies are played, you can sometimes simply dig in your Temp directory for the file because the server actually downloads the entire movie to your computer during playback. If you find a YouTube video you like, copy the URL to the page the video is on, paste it into the KeepVid download look up, choose YouTube from the list of sites and click the Download button.
For YouTube movies, it’s easier to let someone else do all the hard work of locating the file. My favorite solution for download YouTube movies is a Website called KeepVid, which locates downloads from a handful of Internet sites. It’s one of the few sites I bother bookmarking.
KeepVid will find the download link and provide instructions on how to download it.
Follow the directions and you’re almost done.YouTube uses the FLV Flash format, which isn’t immediately playable. You also need an app to play it back. Windows users will want to grab a copy of FLV Player to watch the files on your computer.
A better option is the shareware app SWF.max, which shows thumbnails of the movies and adds a number of features to control playback.
Download Videos From YouTube - Considering the craze over YouTube and MySpace that has overtaken the world as of late, there is an increasing demand to learn how to rip video and audio from pages on these sites. I’ll first go over how to rip video clips with a guide on how to rip audio to follow. Now the only sticking point with this guide is that it requires you to use the Mozilla Firefox internet browser. So if you aren’t using Firefox already, now’s the time to do so.
Next we need to download and install the VIDEO DOWNLOADER extension tool for Firefox.Download Videos From YouTube
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This will be followed by a simple dialogue box that merely notes how one must restart Firefox for the Video Downloader extension to be fully installed.
So now that we’ve finished installing and setting up the Video Downloader tool, it’s time to take it for a test drive.
Start by going to a YouTube or MySpace page of your own choosing. One you are on the page with the embedded video you wish to copy click on the Video Downloader tool on Firefox’s toolbar as pictured below.
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Hat tip to Eazy for requesting a quick tutorial on snagging videos directly from YouTube.
For the uninitiated, YouTube is the Flickr of online video sharing. If you haven’t had a chance to check the service, do so right now. As requested, the following tutorial will assist in download FLV video from YouTube video sharing service. The following tutorial assumes that you currently have the Firefox browser, Greasemonkey extension, and VLC media player installed.
Navigate to YouTube.com and locate a video. For this particular tutorial, I am going to download “the Story about Suzuki and the dog“.
In the save file prompt, you will notice that the file is titled get_video.php. Title the video accordingly and change the extension from PHP to FLV [essential that step]. Select ‘Save’ and the Flash video file will be downloaded to your desktop.
While dedicated FLV video players are available, the VLC media player is capable of FLV playback.
Once the page has loaded, you should see a red bar towards the top of the page spanning the full width of the browser. In the center of this bar are the words ‘”Save as” to download Flash video’. Right-click on the link and select “Save as…” from the contextual menu.
In order to keep the process as simple as possible, we’re going to let the Greasemonkey extension do the dirty work. If you have not yet installed the Greasemonkey extension, do so now Firefox 1.5 users must download 0.6.4. You’ll need to install the following Greasemonkey userscript in order to continue: YouTube To Me. You will also find a handy userscript for download videos directly from Google Video.
Download From Youtube!
Most videos require Flv Player to play video on your PC. Blip.tv may open Windows Media Player to play video depending on extension. If you do not have an flv player then download the free FLV player now. You can search for videos on the popular media sites then download by pasting the url in the download box.
Step 1: Download video from Youtube. (Save video as video.flv)
Step 2: View your video in FLV Player.
If you wish to play your video in your Iphone, Ipod or MP3 Player, download this FLV Converter.
How to Save YouTube Videos - You want to show your class a Netsmartz Internet safety video or the “Hero in the Hallway” anti-bullying song, but your school’s Internet filtering software blocks YouTube.
One alternative is to Save YouTube Videos to your computer at home and then bring it to school on a CD-ROM or thumbdrive. Here’s how:
Enter the page address of a YouTube video that you want to download (i.e., http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ACUxJ6fq2IY)
Click the “Start” or “Convert and Download” button.
Transfer the file to a thumbdrive or CD-ROM, then bring it to school and play it for your students through a projector.
Browse to Vixy.net or Vconvert.net
Select the file format in which you want to save the video (.mov, .avi, etc.)
Wait while the file is converted, and then download it to any location on your hard drive when the download window pops up.
If you have a laptop that you use at both school and home, you might consider installing Miro, a free, open source video viewer. Miro works a lot like iTunes, but for video content.
A while ago I posted an entry called : “How to : Quick .flv video file conversion” and it was about converting Youtube .flv files into ..AVI, .MP4, .MOV , etc…. with FLV Online Convertor. There is one other thing that this convertor can do : converting music video files into mp3’s so you can listen them on your mp3 player. Save YouTube videos
How to do it : It’s simple. Go to Youtube.com and find your music video file. Copy the URL of that file.
Open FLV Online Convertor a paste the direct link from the file and click on the “Convert to” button and choose MP3.
Now all you have to do is wait till the conversion is done. Save your mp3 and rename it.
It is very easy to convert a YouTube video to an animated GIF in a nearly automated way. This tutorial should work roughly the same way on any operating system as long as you have the required tools:
1. Make sure you have access to all the required tools. As far as command line tools go, you will need wget, grep, sed, and xargs. These come with almost all Linux installations, or on Windows, you can use Cygwin. In addition, you need to have MPlayer installed.
2.Find the YouTube video you would like to convert. Make sure it is short, as a 5 minute video will become an animated GIF that is about 36 MB. The URL for the video should look like the following:
Note the part after the ?v=, e.g. 34Sb0hGUNIQ. Copy this code to your clipboard or write it down.
3. Do the conversion by typing:
./mplayer -vo gif89a ducktales.flv
It takes about as long as the video normally runs in order to finish converting. When it is done, there will be a new file in the same directory called output.gif. Try dragging it into a browser to see it run.
You have just successfully convert YouTube video to an animated GIF! Click here to see the final output. Note that if it seems slow, it is most likely because the video (7.5 MB) is still loading.
Step 1. Download Free YouTube to iPod Video Converter
This is the clearly free program. There are no spyware or adware. It’s absolutely safe to install and to run!
Step 2. Launch Free YouTube to iPod Converter