Sunday, October 9, 2011

How to Download Youtube Videos in Computer and Mobile


YouTube is a video-sharing website created by three former PayPal employees in 2005. Now under Google's acquisition, YouTube is the most viewed video sharing website on the internet. As a result, almost 24 hours of video content is uploaded to this site per minute. With so much video content being uploaded, people have felt the need to download videos but YouTube does not allow users to download videos. So what does a user do?

Well nothing, s/he just reads this article and learn the many ways he can use to download Youtube Videos.




YouTube's Video Format: YouTube uses the FLV( Adobe Flash Video) format to display the various types of videos. The reason for this is that FLV files use comparatively less amount of storage space for the same video quality.


How to Play YouTube Videos: To play FLV media in browsers, you need to have Adobe's Flash Player plugin installed. To play FLV format in your PC, you need to have a media player capable of playing FLV videos. VLC Media player is one such free media player which can easily play FLV files.(To download VLC Media Player and other essential software, visit 5 Essential free software for Windows PC.)


Download Youtube Videos via Internet Explorer: This technique uses copying YouTube videos from Internet Explorer's temporary files cache. A temporary files cache is a collection of items which are stored on the disk to load them quickly without downloading them again. Not only Internet Explorer, but almost all browsers have a temporary files cache. But most of these browsers store the files in cache without any extension which leads to complexity in finding saved videos. On the other hand, Internet Explorer stores the file "as it is" in its cache. To download YouTube/FLV Videos via Internet Explorer, follow the instructions given below:-


For Internet Explorer 6 and earlier versions:-
Play the video of your choice in Internet Explorer.
Go to Control Panel. Click on switch to classic view in the sidebar.
Click on Folder Options.
Click on View Tab and encircle Show hidden files and folders.
Go to My Computer.
Click on your System Drive.(The drive containing your Windows files.)
Click on Documents and Settings.
Click on your User name.
Click on Local Settings.
Copy your Temporary Internet Files folder and paste it to your desktop.
Search the pasted folder for "*.flv" without the quotes. And play the files to find your video. Copy your found video and paste it to the location of your choice.

For Internet Explorer 7 ,8 and 9:-
Play the video of your choice in Internet Explorer.
Go to Control Panel. Click on switch to classic view in the sidebar.
Click on Folder Options.
Click on View Tab and encircle Show hidden files and folders and de-select Hide protected Operating System Files.
Windows XP Users, follow the instructions given above for IE6 after Step 4.
Windows 7 and Windows Vista users, navigate to your system drive.
Navigate to Usersname\AppData\Local\Microsoft\Windows\.
Copy the Temporary Internet Files folder and paste it to your desktop.
Search the pasted folder for "*.flv" without the quotes. And play the files to find your video. Copy your found video and paste it to the location of your choice.




Downloading YouTube Videos via third party software: Due to the popularity of YouTube, many third party companies have manufactured many software programs to download YouTube videos. A simple web search containing "free software to download Youtube videos" is likely to return a lot of such software programs.


Downloading YouTube videos via Real Media Player: Real Media Player states that it is the best free media player available to play, manage and download all your mp3, flash and video files. I do not quite agree but still, Real Media Player offers a very good plugin with which you can download YouTube videos easily. Whenever Real Media Player detects a flash video, it offers an option to download the video right on top of it.



Downloading YouTube Videos in Mobiles: Mobile Users can use Bolt Browser to download YouTube videos directly to their mobiles. Bolt automatically re-formats the video into a version supported by the mobile which can then be easily viewed. Opera Mini can also be used to download YouTube Videos directly but Opera has some bugs when it comes to reformatting videos according to specific mobiles.


Downloading YouTube Videos Directly without the use of any Software in Mobiles and Computer:
Update:3outube.com is facing technical difficulties and is not available temporarily. SaveYoutube is a service that works similarly. To use it, just change the URL of a video from "http://youtube.com/your-video" to "http://saveyoutube.com/your-video".

This is the easiest method to download YouTube videos with no brains involved. All you need to do is copy the URL of your YouTube Video.(e.g. http://youtube.com/your-video) Replace the y of YouTube to 3 so that your URL becomes http://3outube.com/your-video. Then press Enter. Click on the the format in which you wish to download and your download will start automatically. (Note: 3outube.com is not Youtube.com. It is a third party site that gives links to download YouTube videos. )


Charlie bit my finger. Most popular Youtube Video


Third Party Websites to Download YouTube videos: There are many free third party websites on the internet which offer you to download YouTube videos just by entering the URL of the video, selecting the format and clicking on the download button. Few such sites are:-

1. MP4youtube: You can download videos in MP4 format, 3GP format and FLV format in the quality of your choice using this online video downloader.
2. Vixy: Vixy offers you to download youtube videos in .MP4 format, AVI format, .MOV for Macintosh, .3GP format for mobiles and .MP3 format for Audio Players.
3. Keepvid: Keepvid allows you to download youtube videos in a wide variety of formats including .MP4, .3GP( high and low quality) and yeah, .FLV format.
4. SaveVid: SaveVid also offers downloading YouTube videos in various formats with the option of downloading them in different qualities.


So, that brings us to the end of this article. If you know some other ways to download YouTube videos, feel free to send me an email and they will be included in this article.

Note: Downloading Videos is against Youtube's policies.

1 comments:

  • November 28, 2011 at 1:23 AM
    magi says:

    Good information on this post. Also, it is really nice to listen all your words. Thanks for sharing this.

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