Youtube video downloading

Any easy way to download and view youtube videos:

Using Firefox, add the DownloadHelper plugin:

Go to the youtube video you want to grab, and in the upper left of Firefox near the ‘Home’ icon you’ll see 3 rotating balls.Click on it and it’ll say video.flv or similar.  If the video is also available in HD format, the link will show up for that one also – the hd videos are saved in mp4 format which is directly editable in iMovie.

videodownloadhelper-iconClick on that filename and it’ll prompt for where to save the file.

If you wish to convert a FLV to another format (mov or mp4 for example) you can try out some of the free online converters:

VideoLan client is a great video player and supports the youtube FLV format as well as divx, xvid, wmv, mp4, and a slew of others..

My second preference for video playback would be a free addon for the Quicktime Player called Perian.

Perian enables QuickTime application support for additional media:

  • File formats: AVI, DIVX, FLV, MKV, GVI, VP6, and VFW
  • Video types: MS-MPEG4 v1 & v2, DivX, 3ivx, H.264, Sorenson H.263, FLV/Sorenson Spark, FSV1, VP6, H263i, VP3, HuffYUV, FFVHuff, MPEG1 & MPEG2 Video, Fraps, Snow, NuppelVideo, Techsmith Screen Capture, DosBox Capture
  • Audio types: Windows Media Audio v1 & v2, Flash ADPCM, Xiph Vorbis (in Matroska), and MPEG Layer I & II Audio, True Audio, DTS Coherent Acoustics, Nellymoser ASAO
  • AVI support for: AAC, AC3 Audio, H.264, MPEG4, and VBR MP3
  • Subtitle support for SSA/ASS and SRT

I’ll list a third viewer for the mac too, but I haven’t used it before and it may interfere with adobe Flash player.  It’s also a lot more limited on the number of video formats it will play.  –