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Tech Tip of the Week: Effortless Ways to Download Video Content from YouTube and Other Sites

By Julio Franco ยท 18 replies
Feb 3, 2010
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  1. We bet at least once you've wondered about downloading a YouTube clip and although there are many tips and services around to help you accomplish such a feat, here's a few we consider to be the best.

    This week's tip: Effortless Ways to Download Video Content from YouTube and Other Sites
    http://www.techspot.com/guides/243-easy-download-youtube-videos/

    Please leave your feedback here.
     
  2. What about VDownloader!

    It's a great program, used it tons of times to download videos
     
  3. or you can put OK in front of the url like this
    http://www.OKyoutube.com/watch?v=fKhBBZ3ECNU
    simple
     
  4. KG363

    KG363 TS Guru Posts: 515   +9

    Can't get it you work with chrome. Can't add it as a bookmark
     
  5. Matthew

    Matthew TechSpot Staff Posts: 5,279   +94

    KG363, use the following text as the URL for a new bookmark in Chrome (click here to see the code properly if you're looking at the front page news comments):

    Code:
    javascript:(function(){if(document.getElementById('download-youtube-video'))return;var%20args=null,video_title=null,video_id=null,video_hash=null;var%20download_code=new%20Array();var%20fmt_labels={'18':'standard%20MP4','22':'HD%20720p','37':'HD%201080p'};try{args=yt.getConfig('SWF_ARGS');video_title=yt.getConfig('VIDEO_TITLE')}catch(e){}if(args){var%20fmt_url_map=unescape(args['fmt_url_map']);if(fmt_url_map=='')return;video_id=args['video_id'];video_hash=args['t'];video_title=video_title.replace(/[%22\'\?\\\/\:\*%3C%3E]/g,'');var%20fmt=new%20Array();var%20formats=fmt_url_map.split(',');var%20format;for(var%20i=0;i%3Cformats.length;i++){var%20format_elems=formats[i].split('|');fmt[format_elems[0]]=unescape(format_elems[1])}for(format%20in%20fmt_labels){if(fmt[format]!=null){download_code.push('%3Ca%20href=\''+(fmt[format]+'&title='+video_title)+'\'%3E'+fmt_labels[format]+'%3C/a%3E')}else%20if(format=='18'){download_code.push('%3Ca%20href=\'http://www.youtube.com/get_video?fmt=18&video_id='+video_id+'&t='+video_hash+'\'%3E'+fmt_labels[format]+'%3C/a%3E')}}}if(video_id==null||video_hash==null)return;var%20div_embed=document.getElementById('watch-embed-div');if(div_embed){var%20div_download=document.createElement('div');div_download.innerHTML='%3Cbr%20/%3E%3Cspan%20id=\'download-youtube-video\'%3EDownload:%20'+download_code.join('%20|%20')+'%3C/span%3E';div_embed.appendChild(div_download)}})();void(0)
     
  6. jgvmx

    jgvmx TS Rookie Posts: 45

    Firefox users can also use the videodownload helper add-on.
     
  7. Matthew

    Matthew TechSpot Staff Posts: 5,279   +94

    :) That was mentioned in the article: A Firefox favorite, Video DownloadHelper works on dozens of sites besides YouTube (MySpace, DailyMotion, Porkolt, iFilm, DreamHost, etc.) and includes a slew of configuration and automatic conversion options.
     
  8. KG363

    KG363 TS Guru Posts: 515   +9

    Thanks a bunch
     
  9. Full ac! +1
     
  10. BluStang05

    BluStang05 TS Rookie Posts: 30

    sweet tips
     
  11. Aneesh

    Aneesh TS Rookie Posts: 20

    For the last few days i am looking for such a trick....now i got it yeahhhhhh
     
  12. Classic Rock

    Classic Rock TS Member Posts: 65

  13. hellokitty[hk]

    hellokitty[hk] Hello, nice to meet you! Posts: 3,437   +145

    Sorry to bring this from the dead, but the URL doesn't seem to work for Chrome on the new Youtube, haven't tried anything else.
    Is there a revision?
     
  14. Matthew

    Matthew TechSpot Staff Posts: 5,279   +94

  15. hellokitty[hk]

    hellokitty[hk] Hello, nice to meet you! Posts: 3,437   +145

    Oh wow...
     
  16. rajevcharudutta

    rajevcharudutta TS Enthusiast Posts: 52

    I din't get it. What to do after placing "OK" before youtube, how do we download the video?
     
  17. I use FreeMake Video Converter (http://www.freemake.com/) to download from YouTube and some other services. I like using this applicaton (which has a browser helper object) because it allows me to save the downloaded video in any format/resolution I desire.
     
  18. Benny26

    Benny26 TechSpot Paladin Posts: 1,533   +48

    I use an add-on for Firefox called "Flash Video Downloader". Recognizes any vids on the page you're on, and gives you options from a drop-down menu for quality and available formats (and sizes). Most formats do come down in "flv" format though which can be annoying if you haven't got a converter.

    There's probably better stuff out there (like above^), but this does come in handy.
     

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