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27 May 2008 @ 02:32 pm
How to Save Videos from YouTube and Convert Them  


1. Open any web browser (PC, Mac, Linux)

2. Go to YouTube.com and find a clip you like.

3. Go to http://www.downloadyoutubevideos.com/ and enter the YouTube video url link. It will save the FLV file to your computer.


3. Every video page on YouTube has a little EMBED box with code in it that allows you copy code and post YouTube video clips on your website. We are going to take advantage of this.

Copy the EMBED code (you can see it usually on the right, inside a box) and paste it into a text edit program like Notepad (PC) or TextEdit (Mac). The code will look something like:


object width="425" height="350"
param name="movie" value="http://www.youtube.com/v/-oNQXLNMh0c"/param param name="wmode" value="transparent"/param embed src="http://www.youtube.com/v/-oNQXLNMh0c" type="application/x-shockwave-flash" wmode="transparent" width="425" height="350"/embed/object


You are looking for the URL of the video file. In the example above that would be: http://www.youtube.com/v/-oNQXLNMh0c.

Copy this URL and paste it into a new web browser window and press the Return/Enter key on your keyboard.

Press the Play button and wait for the video to load. The YouTube clip should load into your web browser as a full screen clip. (It may take a while to download fully.)

Now take a closer look at the URL. It's different than what you pasted in there. It's a lot longer right? It should look something like:


http://www.youtube.com/watch_fullscreen?video_id= -oNQXLNMh0c&eurl=&iurl=http%3A//sjl-


The next step is to change the piece of code that says "watch_fullscreen" (or whatever else it says after the / and before the ?) to "get_video". So the example above should look like this after the change:




Press return and your video will start to download.

Save the YouTube flv file to your Desktop.


Converting Files

4. If you want to make this YouTube FLV file into a QuickTime file that will play on your iPod, or in iTunes, or an AVI file, or a WMV, or some other file type (which I recommend, since who wants to keep it an flv), then Go To: http://www.media-convert.com/

5. When at www.media-convert.com. Use their button to Browse and Locate the flv file name on your computer. Select "Input format" as Flash Video (flv).

6. Scroll down and select "Output format" No Format Preset, on the right Output File Type Apple Quicktime (MOV) or some other type of video format if you want AVI (for large editable format for DVD making), MP4 (for iPod), WMV (for Windows Movie), etc. Including just ripping only the MP3 sound file off the video.

7. Press Ok. Follow onscreen instructions for converting.

It will walk you through a loading page, and a download button page. (Hit button lower left when ready for "Save As".)

Be patient as this happens all online. Then download the converted file by clicking the DOWNLOAD word in the middle of the page at the end.


http://methodshop.net/gadgets/tutorials/youtuberip/ (origin of code info for ripping video)

http://downloadyoutubevideos.com (grab YouTube flv files)

http://www.media-convert.com/ (how to convert YouTube flv files into another format for free) 


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margec01margec01 on May 28th, 2008 12:17 am (UTC)
Cool! Every now and then, YouTube has one I hate to lose, so thanks for the info. Saving now!
mrwubbles on May 28th, 2008 03:31 am (UTC)
Very useful info! I'd scribbled this down, but upon reviewing, I'd discovered I left out a step that you included.

I'm keeping this in my memories!
penfold_x: clasping handspenfold_x on May 31st, 2008 05:40 pm (UTC)
Thanks for taking these notes--this is really going to be helpful!
penfold_x: take my handpenfold_x on June 9th, 2008 11:52 pm (UTC)
Wow. Okay, I had a little free time this afternoon and really wanted to try this out, and holy cow, it WORKS. WELL! Whole new vistas of awesome are stretched out in front of me! Thanks so much!

the_other_sandy: Chibi Sam w/Headphonesthe_other_sandy on June 14th, 2008 01:17 am (UTC)
Also, if you use Firefox, there's an add-on called DownloadHelper. After you install it, it just sits on your Firefox toolbar and lights up every time it detects something on a website that it can download. Just go to whatever YouTube vid you want to keep, click on the little arrow on the right-hand side of DownloadHelper, and choose the filename with the YouTube logo next to it. Then just pick where you want to save the vid and click save.

P.S.--Are you still planning to post a list of the stories we came up with during the SPN fic rec panel at MediaWest?
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