Tuesday, November 25, 2008

Saving YouTube videos - Tuesday, Nov. 25, 2008

Kim's Club Shop Listen Columns Cool Sites Tips Buying Guide Video of the Day

Tuesday, Nov. 25, 2008

Your e-mail address will never be sold to anyone, ever. I promise!

  Travel Blanket

  World's Tiniest 8 GB Flash Drive

Support this free newsletter—Support our advertisers


"Brought to you by Citrix, GoToMyPC is the easiest, most secure and reliable way to access your PC from anywhere." —Kim Komando

  • AES 128-bit encryption
  • Dual and one-time passwords
  • Firewall friendly
Try GoToMyPC FREE for 45 Days!

• Protection from power surges
• Fits 6 adapters of all sizes
• Quality & Kim-recommended

Saving YouTube videos

QMy 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?
—John in Houston, listening on KTRH 740 AM

AI'm glad you enjoy my video picks. It makes the time I spend hunting them down worthwhile.

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.

YouTube step 1

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.

YouTube step 2

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.

You can't play the downloaded video in just any player. You'll need to use a player that handles Flash videos. You can try VLC Media Player or Riva FLV Player. Both are free on my site!

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.

Do you have a new e-mail address? Let us know so you don't miss a single issue of our free newsletters. It's easy. Just use our 'Change of Address' form at the Komando Newsletter Center. Click here to access it now.

Soft, plush luxury robes for men and women!

Every day, Team Komando produces some of the best content you'll find anywhere on the Internet. Here is a sampling of what's new on our site today!

Enter Daily Online: You love free things, right? Well, we love giving away things! Enter my Great Giveaway today for your chance to win a Panasonic Blue-ray Player! The $300 BD Live Blu-ray player provides full 1080p High Definition, giving you the ultimate HD experience! What a great Christmas gift! Enter here daily for your chance to win! And make sure to check out the Grand Prizes, too!

Video of the Day: Racing fascinates people eveywhere. But there is only a handful of racing categories. This one may just be the future of racing.

Cool Site of the Day: Well, I guess you know what Friday is. It's Black Friday, the opening of the Christmas shopping season. So, check the ads!

Digital Minute, on your radio: I thought everyone had heard of the Nigerian e-mail scam. But one woman in Oregon has proven me wrong!

Free Download of the Day: If music is your passion, Songbird is your browser. It makes finding new music incredibly easy.

Kim :)

Snap-Around SLR-ZOOM Tripod

The Snap-Around SLR-ZOOM Tripod is designed with the serious photographer in mind. Its sturdy prehensile legs help achieve a steady shot with your SLR and zoom lenses. It attaches to any standard SLR camera, video camera or even your own tripod head. The SLR-ZOOM can support a whopping 6 pounds, while still maintaining its compact size.

Other Items of Interest
Snap-Around SLR Tripod
Compact Snap-Around Tripod
Cool Illuminated Keyboard

No comments:

Post a Comment

Thanks for understanding that we need to prevent the nasties.

Terms of Use

Personal & Educational Use Only This blog consists mainly of FREE newsletters from computer web gurus that I receive. I thought you might like to see them all in one place than try to discover them on your own. A moderate amount of editing may be done to eliminate unrelated repetitious ads or unnecessary text which bloat the post. However I have given the authors full credit and will not remove their site links because you deserve to see where it comes from and they deserve to get credit for what they have written. Your use of this site is simply for educational purposes. For more computer-related help go to: CPEDLEY.COM for free software, advice and tips on low cost products which are very helpful. If you want to contact the editor, please go CPEDLEY.COM and check the Contact page for email address.