Thursday, October 1, 2009

How to Download Youtube Video

Youtube doesn't allow users to save/download the videos from their website. It only allows users to send a hyperlink to others and invite them to go to website to view the videos. But there are different reasons some want might want to save the video in the HDD or in a portable device.
There are 3 different ways to download youtube or similar video sharing website's video.

Option 1 (From websites) :
There are many websites that have a youtube video download option in their websites.

Simply copy the url of the video you want to download from the website and enter it in the third party website's Get video text box. Then click Get video to download the desired video.
Here is a list of websites that offers youtube video download option in their website. Yo ucan find some other websites just by googling . Bookmark the best site(s) so that you don't have to search for the websites again.

Option 2 (Using Desktop software) :
There are different free software available to download and install to get the youtube video. These software are small and easy to install. Enter the url in the software's download interface and download the video in your computer.
Here are some links to such software. You must understand that frequently changes their vedeo sharing techniques to prevent the third party software to download the video locally. So the software works pretty fine might not work at all tomorrow. But there are always options like downloading the updated software or getting the newer versions available.
-- Easy Video Downloader
-- Youtube downloader
-- ImToo download youtube video
-- Youtube download 3.14
-- Xilisoft Download YouTube Video
-- YouTube Downloader 2.5.1
-- YouTube FLV Downloader

Option 3 (Using Mozilla Firefox Extensions):
Mozilla Firefox offers so many extensions/AddOns to enhance the core functionality of the web-browser. To download any AddOns/ extensions open your firefox browser (If you don't have a firefox browser download it from ) and go to Tools menu--> AddOns--> Get Addons 'Tab' And in the searchbox type "youtube video download". A list of available Addons will be appear in the result box.

Select the AddOns fro mthe list and click "Add To fireFox". After installing the AddOns you will see an icon at the browser and click here to get the download environment. You can Add different Youtube video download AddOns at a time. Keep the best one and then remove others as you like.

The youtube video are stored in .flv file format. So while downloading either convert it to the common file format like .mpeg or get a flash player to run these downloaded video.There are lots of free and quality .flv player available to download.

Go to to download a free flv player. Gom player is a very popular player which can run lots of different video files including .flv files.Click GOM( ) Player to download it.