View Full Version : Downloading YouTube Videos

08-15-2006, 07:33 PM
Ever seen something on youtube and thought "I must have that video, but I cant download it due to crappy flash" ?
Well think that no longer, there is now a way to get all those videos you want easily.

Firstly, programs you will need.
Browser: Mozilla Firefox (http://www.getfirefox.com/)
Extensions: Greasemonkey (http://greasemonkey.mozdev.org/)
Scripts For Greasemonkey: Youtube to me (http://www.joshkinberg.com/blog/files/youtube_to_me.user.js)
Video Player: VLC (http://www.videolan.org/)
Video Converter: Total Video Converter (http://www.effectmatrix.com/total-video-converter/)

Once Firefox is installed, install the greasemonkey extension, and restart firefox. Then once firefox is back, go to the script link above and right click on it, and select install script.
Once here, we can now download the youtube movies you like. So select a movie, load it up in ur page on youtube, and you'll see a red bar along the top of the page. Right click and select save link as, where you then save it to where you want, and the name you want. But be sure to remember to save it as a .flv file.
This .flv file will open in VLC, but say you wanna convert that flv file into something like an avi, or mpeg, well thats where total video converter comes in handy, just open the flv file, select the output of which you'd like, and convert. This program is pretty straight foward, and easy to use. Once done, you can now play the output file in any normal media player.

Ummm.....thats about it. Good luck, and happy file finding.
Any problems or questions, please ask/tell

08-31-2006, 07:36 AM
If you happen to be a Mac user, you have the good fortune of having had somebody author a program called 'tubesock', which you can get from here (http://stinkbot.com/Tubesock/index.html), is a very automated way of grabbing clips from YouTube.

09-01-2006, 10:12 AM
I don't find it all worth it. For me anyway. Most of the stuff on that site is one time watches, but you sure do make it sound easy.

09-01-2006, 10:29 PM
The only reason I found out how to do this, was coz my gf wanted a tv show from our childhood, called Animals Of Farthing Wood, and youtube has them all on there, in parts, so I then went on a mission to find out how to. I also found some bananaman on there also.

01-07-2007, 06:58 AM
Thanks Goob, Its really useful for downloading military videos and the like.

03-07-2009, 10:55 PM
Another dig up of an old post...


does everything for you without the need for a program..
Works on MySpace too. Enjoy!

03-07-2009, 11:04 PM
Another dig up of an old post...


does everything for you without the need for a program..
Works on MySpace too. Enjoy!

Ive used this site a few times, it works nicely. If you were talking about strictly Youtube videos theres more than a few sites that will do that for you.

03-15-2009, 03:03 AM
another way is just to download realplayer and when the video is playing there will be a box that says download this video, then just click and it sometimes works, another thing is zillatube, or some free equivalent program. Good example though. I like it.

03-15-2009, 03:29 AM
ive got a cd that has a program that does this it can also just download the audio ill find it out if its free ware ill email you a copy.

03-25-2009, 11:06 AM
If you want an easy way to do this outside your browser try xVideoServiceThief (http://xviservicethief.sourceforge.net/)

The name's a bit suspect but it's really easy to use. Just paste URL from YouTube or elsewhere and it'll download the video, handles multiple downloads and file conversion to video and audio formats too.

03-30-2009, 03:44 AM
Always wanted to know how to do it. Thanks for the info Goob.
xVideoServiceThief is good to know superhans

04-16-2009, 04:06 PM

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05-12-2009, 06:49 AM
Its great site.
I have used this site a few times, it works nicely.
Its really useful for downloading youtube videos.

05-12-2009, 10:42 AM
I use firefox and the firefox extension downloadhelper.

You can find more info from here (http://www.downloadhelper.net/)