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Dennise
Can someone suggest a way to capture YouTube streaming clips on one's PC, and then convert these to local files that one can play on demand using e.g. Windows Media Payer?

Sometimes I'd like to save a YouTube clip because one never knows when YouTube will remove the clip from their server.

I don't think this would be illegal.

Ideas?
eznet
There are a lot of ways to do this... I personally use the DownloadHelper plug in for Firefox -
https://addons.mozilla.org/en-US/firefox/addon/3006

It is easy and works in Windows and Linux(which is home for me)....

I also use Floola for my iPod to download YouTube (and other) videos to my iPod for carrying and viewing... It works pretty well, though Floola can be a bit buggy at times...

Hope this helps.
r4inm4ker
yeah, DownloadHelper (add-on plugin on firefox) is very useful for this purpose..use it frequently to download flv / mp4 files from the internet..
brokenadvice
I have heard vixy.net is pretty good. My friend uses it all the time. You enter the URL and choose the filetype to convert it to and then wait a bit.
silverdown
I wouldn't suggest downloading any You-tube clips without the creator's/users knowledge because if they spent time to make it they don't want ti posted else where. If they have embedding use that link or if you download it for personal use delete it when you are done watching it, and don't edit or alter it!
stradlater51
Just copy the URL and paste it into keepvid.com. I've used this site several times to create compilation videos etc. It gives you a couple of options relating to the quality of the video, and works extremely fast.

I've tried some other services, and used to use a firefox plug-in, but have had the best results with keepvid.
Phinx
jDownloader also can get the videos for you.
medesignz
zamzar.com converts loads of media... I use it, and it does the trick Laughing
weableandbob
Either the flash video resource downloader add-on for firefox or a website that allows you to post the youtube link and gives you a link to download a flash or mp4 version of that video (don't have any specific names right off hand, but they shouldn't be too hard to find)
welshsteve
I use YouTube Downloader - http://youtubedownload.altervista.org
harismushtaq
I think keepvid.com is also a website that allow you to download videos from youtube as well as a lot of other video hosting websites but this is important that the poster/owner of video should not have an objection about saving the video on client computer.
papa12inch
I use this freeyoutubetomp3 converter, it has a whole suite of other applications. Ver good never has failed for me, download from here
http://www.adrive.com/public/abec44c67f521b514a4c4c932a675aabfb7e202dc8f45b7bf2b8a09f953ae015.html
snowboardalliance
If you use Greasemonkey, there is a script that inserts a link of the mp4 source. Here is the source of the script as I don't have the URL, and you can probably easily find it if you want to. You could also use a bookmarklet.

Code:
// ==UserScript==
// @name    Download YouTube Videos
// @namespace    Linkyoutube
// @description    Downloads Videos From Youtube
// @version    3.7
// @date    2008-5-17
// @creator    Linkyoutube.com
// @include    http://*youtube.com/watch*
// ==/UserScript==

 var playerDiv = document.getElementById('movie_player');
 var flashvars = document.evaluate("attribute::flashvars", playerDiv, null, XPathResult.STRING_TYPE, null).stringValue;
 var id = flashvars.match(/video_id=([^(\&|$)]*)/)[1];
var dwl="&nbsp; &nbsp;(<a href='http://www.linkyoutube.com/watch?v=" + id + "'> Download This Video </a> <img src='http://img134.imageshack.us/img134/591/downloadsw8.gif' />)";
    
         var place = document.getElementById("watch-video-details-inner").innerHTML;
      place = place + dwl;

         document.getElementById("watch-video-details-inner").innerHTML = place;
chatrack
Can we download youtube in mpeg format ?
Marcuzzo
I don't think the Youtube format is allways in MPEG.

Code:
javascript:if(document.location.href.match(/http:\/\/[a-zA-Z\.]*youtube\.com\/watch/)){document.location.href='http://www.youtube.com/get_video?fmt='+(isHDAvailable?'22':'18')+'&video_id='+swfArgs['video_id']+'&t='+swfArgs['t']}


check it hour here

add it to your favorites and click on it on any youtube video.
it will save it as a MP4, use ffmpeg or something to convert it.
mediacoder is also quite nice
draok
i use IDM(internet download manager) so far can catching videos directly from youtube or another website. use the newest IDM and you will enjoy it.
sanalskumar
I use http://keepvid.com/ for downloading youtube videos. Its very simple. You just need to copy and paste the url in the site.
biljap
Mozilla’s add-on for downloading YouTube clips are the best way to this, in my experience.
chatrack
Save youtube videos in 3GP OR FLV OR MP4 formats:

www.savetube.exofire.net

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tukun2009manit
Dennise wrote:
Can someone suggest a way to capture YouTube streaming clips on one's PC, and then convert these to local files that one can play on demand using e.g. Windows Media Payer?

Sometimes I'd like to save a YouTube clip because one never knows when YouTube will remove the clip from their server.

I don't think this would be illegal.

Ideas?

use orbit you have grap option there
anakin_skyrunner
I use this little tool:
http://www.videokonverter.net/

You can even convert videos from your own pc.
For just extracting the music file of a video I use "Free Youtube to MP3 Converter" by DVD Videosoft (or similar to that)
rayz0r
There seems to be millions of websites and programs to allow you to do it, I personally use www.kickyoutube.com, all you need to do is add the word kick before any youtube video and it will link you to the place you may download it. It downloads straight to mp4 ipod format, but also allows mp3 ripping from the videos
medesignz
one must ask though... why do you think it would be illegal?
Sathya-Priya
I would suggest you to use orbit for downloading any embedded video posted on the internet. Orbit has a free version to use and it is easy to install and use. Besides downloading videos from you tube you can extract videos, mp3s or flash games embedded on a webpage.

I would strongly recommend installing VLC player which plays almost every video file downloaded from the internet.

Happy downloading Very Happy
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