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Is there a good, reliable way to capture YouTube videos?

Any help will be appreciated.

Thanks
 
Posts: 1640 | Location: Oak Park, MI, USA | Registered: January 31, 2004Reply With QuoteReport This Post
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Brian,
1. I followed this tip, posted on our iBBS a while back...
Easily Download YouTube movies via Safari
If you're using Safari, there's an easy way to download YouTube videos. Open the page with the movie and press Command-Option-A, which shows the Activity window. If you're also loading other sites, you'll see a list of them: scroll until you find the YouTube page and click on the arrow to show details about what is being loaded.

You will certainly notice an element whose size is over 0.5MB (most of the time, over 5MB). Double-click on it (even if it is still loading), and Safari will download it. When the download is over, navigate to the file in the Finder (which will probably be called get_video) and add the extension .flv to its name. Now you can play it with VLC or with QuickTime (only if you have Perian installed).

2. And worked thru any conflict I had here....
Can you download a YouTube video

3. Now, with no conflicts, and Perian installed, I go to the Activity pane, download the loading file.
Change the extension. Open with Quicktime.
HTH
 
Posts: 1615 | Registered: June 16, 2002Reply With QuoteReport This Post
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Thanks Chita.
 
Posts: 1640 | Location: Oak Park, MI, USA | Registered: January 31, 2004Reply With QuoteReport This Post
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If you don't want your files to stay .flv, get TubeSock. it converts after download to other file types, and can be stored as a link in the Bookmark Bar for easy use.


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Posts: 1360 | Location: S.E.MI | Registered: June 22, 2002Reply With QuoteReport This Post
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I haven't felt the need to save a YouTube video lately, and and the past I had always used the method Chita outlined above. Today, however, I wanted to save such a video, and I found that by double-clicking on the file name in Safari's Activity window only opens the video in a new Safari window without the other YouTube images and HTML. I tried right-clicking on the video to no avail, and I have Perian 1.2.1 installed.

Now what?
 
Posts: 668 | Location: Dearborn, MI | Registered: October 05, 2002Reply With QuoteReport This Post
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Never mind. The correct keystroke is Option double-click on the file name in Safari's Activity window.
 
Posts: 668 | Location: Dearborn, MI | Registered: October 05, 2002Reply With QuoteReport This Post
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If you're using Firefox, the "Video Download Helper" add-on works nicely for d/l's from YouTube.
 
Posts: 1095 | Location: Detroit | Registered: June 11, 2002Reply With QuoteReport This Post
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I do as Chuck stated, but convert to .mov with MPEG Streamclip.


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I'm amazed that nobody has mentioned ClickToFlash.

In theory, it's just a Flash Blocker, but it has a great feature that lets you view and download YouTube videos in H.264 format, instead of Flash.

You can save them as QuickTime .mov files.

I demonstrated this feature at one of the meetings. I'm a huge fan. I also like that Adobe Flash content doesn't load unless I want it to.


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Posts: 167 | Location: Southeast Michigan | Registered: April 10, 2006Reply With QuoteReport This Post
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Steven Klein:

How do you download files that don't have an h.264 version with ClickToFlash?


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I haven't found any such files. So far as I know, YouTube's entire library is available in H.264 format.


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I find about half the stuff I look at is *not* in H.264 (at least, ClickToFlash can't find one). So I don't think the entire library is encoded H.264.


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Posts: 5470 | Location: Sterling Heights, Mi | Registered: January 25, 2004Reply With QuoteReport This Post
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Most of what I see CTF get is the 360p stuff. Most 480p is usually in .flv.


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