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Tuesday, Nov. 25, 2008
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Saving YouTube videos
My family and I enjoy your Video of the Day site. We would like to save some of the videos to watch later. I've tried right-clicking the videos. But I don't get the option to save them. What am I missing? How can I download the videos?
Since I launched the Video of the Day, I have heard this question a lot. Most of my video picks come from YouTube. Unfortunately, downloading a YouTube video isn't terribly easy. As you've discovered, right-clicking the video won't give you a download option.
Well, I have help! I just added a handy dandy tool to my site. It will help you download YouTube videos.
That means you can download most of my videos of the day. You should also be able to download any video on YouTube's site. So bookmark the tool if you're a real YouTube hound!
The tool is really simple to use. Just paste the link to the video into a box. Then, click Download. You'll have your video in no time flat!
Before you run off and try the tool, let me do some explaining. First, you need to use the correct link in the tool. You can't use the one from my site. Rather, you need to use the link from YouTube's site.
Fortunately, finding the YouTube link isn't terribly difficult. If you know where to look, that is.
First, find the video you'd like to download on my site. Then, hold your mouse over the arrow in the bottom-right corner of the video. A menu will pop up. Click it.
The video viewing area will change. You will now see a thumbnail of the video. Beside it, there are two boxes containing text. Click in the one labeled URL. The entire contents of the box should be selected. Right-click the box and select Copy. This copies the link to your clipboard.
Next, head over to my video download tool. Paste the link into the box and click Download. In the box that appears, select Save File. Click OK.
The video will be downloaded to your computer. But, you're not out of the rough yet! YouTube videos are in the Flash format.
How would you like to load the videos on portable players like the iPod? You can certainly do that, but it will take a little work. You need to convert the file to a compatible format.
I have two great, free programs that will help you convert the videos. First, there's Riva FLV Encoder. It's quite easy to use. But, if you want more options, try MediaCoder. It is somewhat complicated.
As I said, my video download tool isn't compatible with all video sites. Occasionally, you'll encounter difficulty downloading one of my videos. Instead of getting the download box, you'll get a blank page. The tool will work with Google Video, Dailymotion, MySpace and a few other video sites.
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