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Downloading From YouTube Easily


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Sir Topham Hatt

Is there an easy way to download videos from YouTube at a specified quality?

I was reading techspot's easy youtube videos when I reaslised it was 4 years out of date.

 

Would anything like it still work though?

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+InsaneNutter

I use a plugin for Google Chrome - Chrome YouTube Downloader

It add's a little box on the YouTube it's self to download a video in various different qualities:
 

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Nick H.

I'm not sure about downloading at a specific quality, but I normally download videos using Video DownloadHelper.

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+trag3dy

As far as I know the Video download helper in that article should still work. It's still being kept up to date.

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Skiver

If you are running Windows 8, there is a Metro app called Mega Tube that works quite well.

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garwin

I use SaveTube grease monkey script. it never failed me.

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The_Decryptor

YousableTubeFix for Greasemonkey adds a download button that uses the normal file download functionality in the browser, saves having to use random external tools.

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Pupik

userscripts is nice, but they usually only works for specific sites, and when such site doing an overhaul, the scripts will stop workings

And that's why the more script gets updated, the better. Also YouTube Center comes in extensions form for different browsers, too.

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link6155

For Windows 8/8,1, I use this: http://apps.microsoft.com/webpdp/app/75f34130-e044-467f-bfdb-6b5a9a559885

Using a Modern UI browser, visit the page of the YouTube video, go to the charm menu, go to "Share", and select YouTube Squirrel. From there you can choose which format you want to download the video in.

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Geoffrey B.

unless specifically stated on the youtube page, downloading for later personal user is still illigal.

 

As stated in Section 4 Article C of the Youtube Terms of Service.

 

 

You agree not to access Content through any technology or means other than the video playback pages of the Service itself, the Embeddable Player, or other explicitly authorized means YouTube may designate.

 

Source: http://www.youtube.com/static?template=terms

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JJ_

Many moons ago, I found from personal experience that most of the 'downloadable' apps which offered saving YT videos or as mp3 were packed with viruses, sucked or were full of bloat/ads.

 

Instead, I bookmarked http://keepvid.com/ which uses Java and is pretty neat. It lets you download the video in any quality you can view the video or as a sound file.

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wrack

I use FlashGot in Firefox to do the work for me :)

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The_Decryptor

Right, having tried YouTubeCenter, it's quite nice, better than YousableTubeFix anyway.

Can't download 1080p videos, but that's a YouTube change (Dash means there isn't just one 1080p video files, there's chunks)

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Nashy

Isn't it illegal?

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protocol7

You can grab 1080p Dash videos with JDownloader (been my downloader of choice for a long time, in spite of being java). The awkward thing with them is you have to get the video and audio tracks separately and remux them. JDownloader automates this (ffmpeg required).

 

If you love the command prompt there's youtube-dl. You can then use ffmpeg to remux the tracks.

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timster

I use YouTube Center for FF

 

https://addons.mozilla.org/en-us/firefox/addon/youtube-center/

 

 

About this Add-on
YouTube Center is a combination of multiple features, which will enhance your experience on YouTube.
A list of some of the features in YouTube Center:
  • Download YouTube videos
  • Remove ads on YouTube
  • Resize the YouTube player to your own custom size.
  • Repeat the video
  • Auto select quality
  • Prevent auto play/buffering of videos
  • Rearrange the buttons.
  • Turn lights off button
  • and more...
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Boo Berry

I use and recommend YouTube Center extensively.

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LOC

Right, having tried YouTubeCenter, it's quite nice, better than YousableTubeFix anyway.

Can't download 1080p videos, but that's a YouTube change (Dash means there isn't just one 1080p video files, there's chunks)

 

Youtube Center and another one I use (can't think of it's name right now sorry lol) are both great.

 

Sadly with Chrome nuking extensions from non-Chrome store locations  (Youtube Center FULL version aka download ability had to be installed off site) they are kinda borked now. Though I use Chrome Canary and other extensions programs so it's not an issue for me.

 

Freemake Video Downloader for example is imo the best software to download videos from Youtube and many other sites.

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+Anarkii

I use a plugin for Google Chrome - Chrome YouTube Downloader

It add's a little box on the YouTube it's self to download a video in various different qualities:

 

2nu2xf.jpg

I use that myself, excellent addon for Chrome.

Isn't it illegal?

Probably. 

Does anyone care?

Nope.

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Nashy

I use that myself, excellent addon for Chrome.

Probably. 

Does anyone care?

Nope.

 

 

I care if it in some way lands Neowin in hot water.

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Sir Topham Hatt

See, I couldn't get the original web page to work.

I added it as a bookmark, then went to YouTube but didn't see what to do then.  No options, no nothing :/

 

I understand if Neowin wants to lock this thread as it seems to have touched a line somewhere within the law.  Nontheless, if YouTube do decide to take action, I expect Neowin to point out the hundreds of other websites that are hosting the software to do this.

I would also expect TechSpot, who are partnered with Neowin for some news items, to also take down their pages on the same subject.

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