Monday, December 6, 2010

Download YouTube Videos

imageTeachers in our district are finding that the internet is too slow to watch live streamed YouTube videos in class.  Here are some ways to download the videos to store them offline for use.  The advantages are they they play almost instantly, don’t take bandwidth away from other educational uses and can stored offline for use from term to term.

Using KeepVid

Keepvid is a website that you can enter the address of a YouTube video that you want to download.  There is nothing to install on your computer and compared to other sites that let you download video, I’ve found the advertisements to be less offensive than similar sites. Here are the steps.

  1. Find the video you want on YouTube.
  2. Copy the URL from the address bar image
  3. Paste the URL into the box on KeepVid and click Download.  There may be a warning message to install a website plugin which you can approve.image
  4. I typically select the FLV High Quality Video.  FLV videos will play back in a video player like VLC Video and can be imported into SMART Notebook software.
  5. When you click on the file type you want you can save in a folder that you choose.

Use Firefox with the DownloadHelper Addon

Firefox is a very versatile browser.  There are 1000’s of free addons that let you extend what the browser can do.  One of my favourite addons is DownloadHelper.

  1. Install Firefox and DownloadHelper
  2. When you are on YouTube with the video you want the three balls will spin.  Clicking on the arrow will let you select the quality to download. image
  3. The higher numbers (eg 1080p will get the highest resolution video) image

Download with RealPlayer

RealPlayer is a free install that add functionality to the browswer.

  1. Install RealPlayer 
  2. When viewing a YouTube video, on the top-right corner there will be a box to ‘Download This Video’.  Click to start the download.  image
  3. The default save location can also be set by clicking on the arrow and updating the preferences. image

One of the advantages of RealPlayer is that the clips can be cropped and trimmed to just include the content that you want.image

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