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Video Snagging [Mar. 31st, 2006|10:52 am]
A tech question:

Is there any easy way to download videos off of YouTube? It looks like they've got things wrapped up in custom Shockwave stuff. But every now 'n' then I see something I'd like to save for later or to share with friends when not net-connected (or when they've deleted it from the servers, more likely).

Any way to capture this stuff?

[User Picture]From: annamaryse
2006-03-31 06:59 pm (UTC)
Rich knows how to do it... he's done it for me.
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[User Picture]From: bluerain
2006-03-31 07:01 pm (UTC)
I'm going to watch this thread, because I've been wondering the same thing.
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[User Picture]From: tilton
2006-03-31 07:13 pm (UTC)
I use this site to do it:


Unfortunately, YouTube uses Flash Video Player format (.flv), so you'll need a special player. Blarg.

But hey, at least they can be downloaded!
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[User Picture]From: nicodemusrat
2006-03-31 07:31 pm (UTC)
Well, that's progress. I figured that video format conversion might be a whole separate problem. Mostly, I'd like to see 'em saved. Thanks for the tip!
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[User Picture]From: furahi
2006-04-01 03:12 am (UTC)
I use Mencoder to convert those
It's a command line tool, but not too hard to use.

it doesn't work on all flash streams though, it seems some re more propietary than others =P
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[User Picture]From: shockwave77598
2006-03-31 07:19 pm (UTC)
I don't know about YouTube specifically. But I get SWF and AVI files all the time. Just have a folder shortcut to your browser cache. Then you just look inside the folder after you've seen the video. The most recent long file, that's your quarry. Simply rename it with the correct filetype and move it to where you want it to reside. I get Foamy the Squirrel via this method all the time.
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[User Picture]From: nicodemusrat
2006-03-31 07:48 pm (UTC)
Doesn't seem to work because they're evidently streaming the content down; the SWF isn't fully self-contained.
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[User Picture]From: coongt
2006-03-31 11:18 pm (UTC)
Theres a fairly good set of instructions here: http://www.lifehack.org/articles/lifehack/download-youtube-video-with-greasemonkey-script.html

You'll want to download the GreaseMonkey extension for Firefox. Upon completion (and restart) of installation with that, whenever you browse to a YouTube video, a red bar will appear at the top of the screen asking you to right click in order to download.

This will download a file called "download.php". Simply rename this file "_____.flv" (Insert your preferred file name in the blank).

The .FLV file can be played either with VLC player (www.videolan.org/vlc), or with a dedicated player such as "FLV Player" http://www.martijndevisser.com/blog/article/flv-player-updated

A simple search on VersionTracker will also yield a a couple different standalone .flv players.

Hope this helps!

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[User Picture]From: coongt
2006-03-31 11:19 pm (UTC)
Or, theres always this solution: http://keepvid.com/
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[User Picture]From: twopiearr
2006-03-31 11:54 pm (UTC)
i've got a good site that allows youtube downloads - i can link you when i get home.

for playback i've actually associated .flv files with firefox...doesn't allow full screen but works just fine. VLC and FLVPlayer work, but for some reasons i tend to get dropped frames with both of those.

supposedly you can use ffmpeg to convert them to more friendly formats but i've yet to get that to work successfully.
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[User Picture]From: captpackrat
2006-04-01 03:09 am (UTC)
If you're using IE, you can just snag it out of the cache then rename it to whatever.flv
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