YouTube - How do I save a video to my hard drive?

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  1. Go2Guy

    Go2Guy Well-Known Member

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    I found some guitar / piano lessons on YouTube and I want to save to my harddrive, with no URL link, so I can keep it in case they get deleted on YouTube.

    When I go to Save File, the menu lists it as a Web ARchive.MHT file with encoding Unicode UTH-8. Is this the best format to save on harddrive??

    Can I burn them to a CD / DVD to keep for future reference? Never done this before

    Thanks
     
  2. Wesley

    Wesley Well-Known Member

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    80% of videos are saved in Flash on youtube.
     
  3. jumbopackage

    jumbopackage Well-Known Member

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    Yeah you can't save them directly.

    If you're using firefox and greasemonkey, there is a s cript that will let you download the .flv. I have no idea where to begin with IE.
     
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  5. Go2Guy

    Go2Guy Well-Known Member

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    Thanks, So does than mean YouTube will eventually delete the files?
     
  6. jumbopackage

    jumbopackage Well-Known Member

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    No, youtube doesn't delete videos. Users that post them might, however.
     
  7. Aldude505

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    Youtube made it very difficult to download videos, manly because of the lawsuit issue. If they allowed everyone to download videos without checking every video before it goes online it could get messy. There are however programs that allow you to do just that, probably start with a google search and go from there.
     
  8. Go2Guy

    Go2Guy Well-Known Member

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  9. kucyclone

    kucyclone Well-Known Member

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    Firefox extension - "Better YouTube"
     
  10. jumbopackage

    jumbopackage Well-Known Member

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    If you pay 25 bucks to download videos from youtube, you're throwing 25 bucks out the window.

    Download and install firefox: Firefox web browser | Faster, more secure, & customizable Cost: $0 (plus you get a much better web browser)
    Install Greasemonkey: https://addons.mozilla.org/en-US/firefox/addon/748 Cost: $0
    Install Download Youtube Greasemonkey script: http://userscripts.org/*******/show/6204 Cost: $0

    Total cost: $0
     

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