How to download videos from YouTube.com, and other video sites

  1. Don’t know what this institution recommends – here is a list of software that I have accumulated over time  – I stopped a while ago, since there is always something newer coming out -  try googling what is currently most popular.
    1. http://www.viloader.net/addon.htm: You have to click on download, and save the file with the name you want and in the end you have to add .flv that its the video format. Then when the video has been saved to your PC you have to convert the video in a comercial format like wmv, mpg, etc. or download a flv player to be able to see the videos.
    2. Youtube Catcher can download videos from Youtube, Google Video, Myspace Video, Yahoo video Dailymotion Stage6 Veoh. The downloaded videos can be exported to various formats like MPG,AVI, MP4,3GP, 3G2, WMV, PSP, MOV, FLV with the quality you choose: http://www.teknobites.com/2007/08/23/youtube-catcher-youtube-and-other-video-downloader-tool/
    3. zamzar.com
    4. http://userscripts.org/scripts/show/25105,
    5. http://www.googlewatchblog.de/2008/04/13/youtube-video-als-mp4-herunterladen/
    6. MPEG Streamclip can download YouTube files. They  are always opened or downloaded in MP4 (MPEG-4) format, so they can be used in MPEG Streamclip.
    7. this works well as of 8/17/2009 1.Go to http://edtech.nwresd.org/?q=node/157 . You will see the words ""download script"" (in blue – a hyperlink). Right click on that text and then on ""Bookmark this link"" (at least that’s what it says using Mozilla Firefox as a browser). You can move this bookmark within your Bookmarks or Favorites Folder wherever you want. 2.Go to YouTube and locate a video you want to save. While the video is actually playing, go to your Bookmarks Folder and click on the ""download script"" link you saved there.3.Next look in the right hand column on the screen – to the right of the video playing. Just below the section that says URL, and EMBED (right below URL) you will see a text that says download as MP4. 4.Right click on that text and then click on SAVE LINK AS. You can choose where you want the file to be saved and you can even rename the file (for me the default name is ""video""). Just to be sure I’d let the video play to the end before checking to see if it actually where you put it.
      1. if (document.getElementById(‘download-youtube-video’)==null && !!(document.location.href.match(/http:\/\/[a-zA-Z\.]*youtube\.com\/watch/))) {var yt_mp4_path=’http://www.youtube.com/get_video?fmt=18&video_id=’+swfArgs%5B‘video_id’%5D+’&t=’+swfArgs%5B‘t’%5D; var div_embed=document.getElementById(‘watch-embed-div’);if(div_embed){var div_download=document.createElement(‘div’);div_download.innerHTML=’ <br /><span id="\’download-youtube-video\’"><a href="\”+yt_mp4_path+’\’">Download as MP4</a> ‘+ ((navigator.userAgent.indexOf(‘Safari’)!=-1)?'(control-click and select <i>Download linked file as</i>)’:(‘(right-click and select <i>Save ‘+ (navigator.appName==’Microsoft Internet Explorer’?’target’:’link’) +’ as)</i>’))+’</span>’;div_embed.appendChild(div_download);}}void(0)

    8. Updates for the the 2013/4 academic year:
      1. YouTube Center, includes download functionality, more on YouTube center here.
      2. Orbit downloader:
        1. Claims to be a generic downloader, and looks complicated enough to convince me of that Smile .
        2. However, I did not have any luck here, at least I did not find a practical (=automated) way to cobbling these clips together (are media outlets, even if they are under non-US legislation and trying so hard, still bound by the fair use legislation?): image
        3. Also changes your browser home page without asking – I can’t say I like the territory I get myself into with these teacher download requests.
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