an alternative to unsafe youtube downloaders - your web browser?
Someone asked me recently if it's easily possible to safely download my tutorial videos from YouTube for local storing and offline viewing, even in other video players than in the web browser.
Note that I mentioned 'safely', not just 'easily'... There quite are a few programs and online services available for downloading youtube videos. I'm not sure that they're all safe, and some I have seen carry spyware or other potentially unwanted malware. It turns out that a growing number of browsers have the ability to save a video that's coming in from youtube, perhaps not at high resolution yet but still good enough for many offline uses especially when the bulk of the message is in the audio. In the case of Opera (.ogg) I found different file sizes when downloading after changing the playback settings (240p, 360p, 480p, 720p) but was unable to play them. Glitch?
I'm sure in time it will be perfect.
The above link is a playlist of several videos showing a few browsers that
support this technique. You can certainly use the technique to download even
these very same tutorial videos ;-)
- It doesn't appear to work from an embedded video (yet?) so use the link to view it from youtube,
- then right click in the video to pop out the video in a floating window,
- then right click again on the video (not on the controls which are in the midst of the window)
- and find something like 'Save Video...' or 'Save Video As...', sometimes after few seconds of playing.
With Firefox and the newest Opera (and Sea Monkey too) I like how it adds the
video like any download to their download manager so you can start to download a
bunch of videos one after another and eventually see them all complete. Be sure
to give them unique filenames. It usually just gives a generic filename, in some
cases even without the file extension (for example Google Chrome doesn't sow
.webm at the end of the filename but the file is definitely a webm file.)
The format is either .ogg (for Opera) or .webm (for firefox, chrome and sea
monkey). I have not gotten this to work with I.E. nor with Safari. If you see a
better result with those on your system please post a comment with config and version details and wat file format you obtain from such downloads.
I hope this help.