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

By on February 3, 2010, 4:18 AM
If you've browsed the Web at all in the last few years, there's a good chance you've watched a ton of YouTube videos. The site serves over a billion every day both on their own and through the zillions of sites that choose to embed videos hosted on their platform.

We bet at least once you've wondered about downloading a 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.


Read our Tech Tip of the Week.




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Guest said:

What about VDownloader!

It's a great program, used it tons of times to download videos

Guest said:

or you can put OK in front of the url like this

http://www.OKyoutube.com/watch?v=fKhBBZ3ECNU

simple

KG363 KG363 said:

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

Staff
Matthew Matthew, TechSpot Staff, said:

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]java script  function(){if(document.getElementById('download-youtube-vide
'))return;var%20args=null,video_title=null,video_id=null,v
deo_hash=null;var%20download_code=new%20Array();var%20fmt_
abels={'18':'standard%20MP4','22':'HD%20720p','37':'HD%201
80p'};try{args=yt.getConfig('SWF_ARGS');video_title=yt.get
onfig('VIDEO_TITLE')}catch(e){}if(args){var%20fmt_url_map=
nescape(args['fmt_url_map']);if(fmt_url_map=='')return;vid
o_id=args['video_id'];video_hash=args['t'];video_title=vid
o_title.replace(/[%22\'\?\\\/\:\*%3C%3E]/g,'');var%20fmt=n
w%20Array();var%20formats=fmt_url_map.split(',');var%20for
at;for(var%20i=0;i%3Cformats.length;i++){var%20format_elem
=formats.split('|');fmt[format_elems[0]]=unescape(format_e
ems[1])}for(format%20in%20fmt_labels){if(fmt[format]!=null
{download_code.push('%3Ca%20href=\''+(fmt[format]+'&ti
le='+video_title)+'\'%3E'+fmt_labels[format]+'%3C/a%3E')}e
se%20if(format=='18'){download_code.push('%3Ca%20href=\'ht
p://www.youtube.com/get_video?fmt=18&video_id='+video_
d+'&t='+video_hash+'\'%3E'+fmt_labels[format]+'%3C/a%3
')}}}if(video_id==null||video_hash==null)return;var%20div_
mbed=document.getElementById('watch-embed-div');if(div_emb
d){var%20div_download=document.createElement('div');div_do
nload.innerHTML='%3Cbr%20/%3E%3Cspan%20id=\'download-youtu
e-video\'%3EDownload:%20'+download_code.join('%20|%20')+'%
C/span%3E';div_embed.appendChild(div_download)}})();void(0
[/code]

jgvmx said:

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

Staff
Matthew Matthew, TechSpot Staff, said:

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

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.

KG363 KG363 said:

Thanks a bunch

Aneesh said:

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

Classic Rock said:

Ok, I've tried going to the page suggeted in this article,

[link]

But it appears that the link is no longer active. Can someone please point me in the right direction to get this from another place?

hellokitty[hk] hellokitty[hk], I'm a TechSpot Evangelist, said:

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?

Staff
Matthew Matthew, TechSpot Staff, said:

HK, placing "OK" in the URL still works as Guest suggested above:

or you can put OK in front of the url like this

http://www.OKyoutube.com/watch?v=fKhBBZ3ECNU

simple

hellokitty[hk] hellokitty[hk], I'm a TechSpot Evangelist, said:

HK, placing "OK" in the URL still works a Guest suggested above:

Oh wow...

rajevcharudutta rajevcharudutta said:

I din't get it. What to do after placing "OK" before youtube, how do we download the video?

Guest said:

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.

Guest said:

The easiest way is for sure YouTubeByClick tool

thats the best youtube downloader

Benny26 Benny26, TechSpot Paladin, said:

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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