How to Download Videos from YouTube

Well Today I am going to tell you some basic ways or methods available in the internet of downloading the videos from the Youtube website. You might be wondering why you should download/save videos from Youtube.

Suppose you found an interesting video from Youtube and you want to save/download it to your computer and later share it with your friends or keep it as a collection. However, we know that by default YouTube doesn't allow users to save/download the videos. It only allow user to send a hyperlink to the friends and invite them to go to Youtube website to view the videos.

It will become a problem because these video may gone forever due to copyright infringement issues, why not save/download the video before it's too late? Also you can see them offline.

I am going to list some of the most popular methods on how to download videos from youtube website. They are as below:-

1. Method

The simplest and easiest way of downloading video from the Youtube.

  • Whenever you are watching video on Youtube, go to the address bar at the top of your browser.
  • Notice the URL is something like this:
  • Just in front of the domain name, insert the word 'kiss'.

  • Press the 'Enter' key and it will bring you to, Click on the download link provided to save the video to your computer.
NOTE: Remember to save your video with ".flv" extension. Eg. some_video_filename.flv.
Then download free flv player recommend to play the video.

If my above explanation is not enough then you can go through the video.

Wow, isn't it the easiest method to download the video from Youtube.

2. Method

KeepVid helps you to download videos from youtube (you can also download videos other than youtube videos on these KeepVid).

How to Download?

Go To KeepVid and give the URL of the Video or the Video Page that is to be downloaded and mention the source i.e., Youtube.

Click Download and they will give a Download link from which you can download the Video file alone.

Like in most video downloader, the Video that is downloaded will be in Flash format (.flv).

3. Method

Orbit Downloader can download youtube video very easily with a great speed in flv format. Ok first of all if you don't have orbit downloader then you can download it here ' Download Orbit Downloader for free' and install it.

  • Now open the orbit downloader, you will see the screen like below. Run the 'Grab Video' by clicking on the 'Grab Video' item from the 'Tools' Menu.

  • Copy the link of the YouTube video you want to download from the address bar. Just like, and then paste in the 'Grab Video' address bar and then press Enter.

  • Click 'Download', the video will be downloaded.

If you follow these steps then you can download any YouTube video.

4. Method

You can also download from the YouTube Downloader. It is also very simple. You just click on 'Youtube Downloader' and you will be taken to screen similar to the picture given below.

You just paste the address link of the youtube video you want to download and you will see screen similar to the picture below.

Now Click on the 'Get Download URL', or right click on the 'Get Download URL' and click on the 'Save Link As' and type the name of the file with the extension .flv and then click save. That's it.

Well Now I have given you the various methods on how to download the Youtube videos, there are many other methods also but I didn't mention them because these above methods really works well, if some of you do not agree with me and you think there is other method which is better than these above methods then you are always welcome to suggest in the comment section.

So, How to convert FLV to WMV, AVI or any other format?

Ok Now the downloading section is over. Before concluding this post, I would like to talk about how to convert FLV format to other media formats. For an example you want to use that downloaded video in another or friends computer which doesn’t have FLV player then every time you have to install FLV player in all computers to see the video, isn't it. Which is quite a tiresome.

But it’s possible to convert FLV files to WMV, AVI or any other format you prefer and it’s easier than you think. The best part is you might already have that software installed in your computer.

VLC player is one of the software which is widely used and which plays any format of audio or video (including .flv). The less known fact is that it also helps to convert audio and video file formats. Follow these steps to convert .flv to .wmv, .avi or any other format.

Note: If you don’t have VLC player yet, then you can download from VideoLan. It’s an open source!

Step 1: Load the .flv file into VLC player and press Stop.

Step 2: Go to File -> Wizard. It will give you a pop-up ‘Streaming/Transcoding Wizard‘.

Step 3: Select Transcode/Save to file and Click Next.

Step 4: Select Existing Playlist Item and the file you have just loaded will be listed there.

Step 5: Highlight the .flv file and click Next.

Step 6: In the next screen, Select Transcode Video and from the drop down box choose WMV3 (this has highest quality, though the output of the file may differ as per the original .flv file)

Step 7: Select Transcode Audio and from the drop down box choose MP3 (for the quality to be higher, leave it at the default bitrate of 192) and click Next.

Step 8: choose ‘ASF‘ as the ‘Encapsulation Format‘ and click Next.

Step 9: You will be asked to select the file to save to, click ‘Choose‘ and browse to the folder where you want your new file to be saved.

Step 10: 'Important' Type in the file name in the ‘File’ field with the extension of .WMV (example, video1.wmv)

Step 11: Click Finish and wait for couple of seconds and the new file is ready.

Step 12: Use the new .WMV file in any player!

Well that's it for today. If you think the information was useful, just leave a comment on the comment section, I will think that my hardwork didn't went waste. Also if you have another good method of downloading the youtube video, you can share it here.

Note:- The last part is taken from the lytebyte[dot]com.



    August 25, 2007 at 7:49 PM

    That's quite informative.Good Work. Keep postin.

  2. grafic7  

    August 25, 2007 at 7:51 PM

    That was really informative.Good Job. Keep Posting

  3. gedet  

    August 27, 2007 at 11:13 AM

    @grafic7 :- Thanks for motivating.

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