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Author Topic: You Tube Download App Needed  (Read 3127 times)
tosim
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« on: December 23, 2011, 11:30:13 AM »

Can someone please send me a link to a GOOD (preferably free), app to download (and maybe also convert), YouTube videos from the net?
I've tried several different ones, and they were pretty sad. Am running XP Pro/SP3, 2GB RAM. Thank y'all very much.
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« Reply #1 on: December 23, 2011, 05:26:46 PM »

Hard to suggest without knowing which you've used and didn't like. But I use the Video Download Helper add-on for Firefox and I've been quite happy with it. Read more/download it from here.
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« Reply #2 on: December 23, 2011, 05:49:05 PM »

Please bear in mind that posts such as this tend to attract spammers!
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« Reply #3 on: December 23, 2011, 05:53:32 PM »

^I'm aware of that.  smiley

But the moderators have allowed the post to remain up for several hours now, so I thought it wouldn't be a problem responding. Especially since the question is from a supporting member.

Sorry. "My bad" as the saying (used to?) go.

(And as jgpavia's cautionary note suggests - probably best to take any one-line recommendations, posted half a minute after somebody just registered, with a grain of salt.  Thmbsup)
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« Reply #4 on: December 23, 2011, 08:26:00 PM »

I wholeheartedly recommend jdownloader. Works with every browser and has some nicities (such as auto-title detect, which is big for me).
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« Reply #5 on: December 23, 2011, 08:38:06 PM »

@tosim:
I would echo what @40hz said:
...I use the Video Download Helper add-on for Firefox and I've been quite happy with it. Read more/download it from here.
I have DownloadHelper, and it integrates with GetRight (a downloading utility), which speeds up downloads of large files by segmenting files and downloading the segments in parallel. Works very well.

Having said that, if you have already watched a YouTube video, or even part of it, then you probably don't need to download it as it will probably already reside complete in your browser cache.
There is a superb utility from NirSoft - VideoCacheView - that scans your various browsers' caches and identifies media downloads - e.g., including YouTube .flv files. You can view the video in cache, check if it is all there, and if you want to keep it, then copy it to a folder, rename it and give it the correct extension, if necessary (e.g., ".flv").

What a lot of people (like me) did not realise is that if you "play" a YouTube online, and then press pause, it continues downloading into your browser's cache - unless you expressly tell it (rightclick) to STOP downloading. This is how come it gets into your cache. It is a potential and invisible bandwidth hog.

Sometimes the quality of image or sound of these cached files seems to be better than the quality of the best files you can download using a YouTube downloader - these latter can often sound very "echoey" too. So I occasionally use the cached files if I want to (say) strip the good quality sound out of a music video and save it as an .MP3.
I could be wrong, of course, but I suspect that this "echoey" quality of downloaded files could be deliberate spoiling of quality of downloadable product, to protect copyright or something. For all we know, Google has itself tied up in knots with RIAA and similar over DRM and restrictive practices, and we consumers will have heard little about it.

I can't offer much help on the subject of file conversion, as I rarely need to do that, and anyway, I have found that many of the conversion tools that I have played with have a "lossy" process, so you may lose sound/video integrity/quality as a result.
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« Reply #6 on: December 23, 2011, 09:29:47 PM »

http://www.vso-software.f...loader/vso-downloader.php

http://www.wondershare.co...e-youtube-downloader.html

for downloading

converting is another ball game

here's some decent free ones,

http://www.pazera-softwar...cts/flv-to-avi-converter/

other then these you have to catch a good one as a special giveaway,
http://dottech.org/
http://www.freewaregenius.com/
http://feeds.feedburner.com/gizmosbest

or if you are into facebook
watch the free software and giveaway pages
Wondershare
https://www.facebook.com/wondershare?sk=wall
or Digiarty (WinXDVD.com)
https://www.facebook.com/WinXDVD?sk=wall
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« Reply #7 on: December 23, 2011, 10:00:30 PM »

You can also download videos from youtube with this script + greasemonkey from userscripts.org.

YousableTubeFix

At least I have been able to in the past haven't checked recently.
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« Reply #8 on: December 23, 2011, 10:37:09 PM »

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Youtube Downloader HD is a free tool to download videos from YouTube and save it to your local computer. The videos can be converted to avi video format or to mp4 (compatible with iPod, iPhone).

Freeware and portable.

http://www.youtubedownloaderhd.com/
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« Reply #9 on: December 24, 2011, 01:31:36 AM »

http://www.jordysoft.com/...der/jordy-downloader.aspx
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« Reply #10 on: December 24, 2011, 05:13:20 AM »

^I'm aware of that.  smiley

But the moderators have allowed the post to remain up for several hours now, so I thought it wouldn't be a problem responding. Especially since the question is from a supporting member.

Sorry. "My bad" as the saying (used to?) go.
Oh, I did not mean to say that you shouldn't respond. I was just warning people to pay attention to who posts the replies, since some may not be trustworthy (clearly of any of the posts above this, AFAIK).
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« Reply #11 on: December 24, 2011, 05:32:56 AM »

+1 for Video Download Helper (Firefox add-on)
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« Reply #12 on: December 24, 2011, 09:31:18 AM »

Thank y'all so much for your (quick) replies. I did some searching, and found " YouTube Downloader,v3.5, which is doing exactly what I wanted. Again, thank y'all.
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« Reply #13 on: December 24, 2011, 10:24:11 AM »

^I'm aware of that.  smiley

But the moderators have allowed the post to remain up for several hours now, so I thought it wouldn't be a problem responding. Especially since the question is from a supporting member.

Sorry. "My bad" as the saying (used to?) go.
Oh, I did not mean to say that you shouldn't respond. I was just warning people to pay attention to who posts the replies, since some may not be trustworthy (clearly of any of the posts above this, AFAIK).

Oh, I realized that too when I read it. (That's why I put that smilely in there.) Didn't take it as a knock. You're far too polite to all of us for me to ever think that. smiley

Unfortunately, I left out the last line of my post - which I've since added back. Maybe now it's clearer to whoever first reads it what I was trying to say?

Really gotta start making sure I post my final copy up to the forum before closing the text editor.  embarassed
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« Reply #14 on: December 24, 2011, 05:53:41 PM »

Thank y'all, again. Please close this topic.
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« Reply #15 on: December 24, 2011, 07:02:14 PM »

Thank y'all, again. Please close this topic.
Good advice smiley Done!
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