There are many ways of downloading YouTube videos. We are currently using these solutions.
1. KeepVid (Copy the URL of the YouTube video, NOT from the top of the web page. Click on Share button under video, and use this URL, and paste in KeepVid. Click on Download. It will show you the available files, select the MP4 most appropriate for you use. There is usually a normal and an HD version available.
2. KickYouTube This downloads the same files as above, the interface is a bit more confusing.
3. youtubemp is a Firefox Add-On, and makes the "Save as mp4" link visible again in your browser, as the old directions below did. Once installed, it's probably the easiest solution. If there are several versions of the MP4, it will download the largest and best.
4. We also tried vixy, but the files were of lower quality. They are transcoded from the FLV, while the above download the MP4.
Other ways of downloading videos described here
Downloading some Flash VLV movies
This often works using Safari on the Mac.
1. Quit Safari and reopen it, this will clear the Activity window.
2. Go to the web page with your video, best bet is to only have one video per page.
3. Start playing your video. Now go to the Safari>Window>Activity menu.
4. You will see many files, each one is part of the web page. Look for the largest file, and you will see it downloading. If a Flash movie, it will have the .flv extension.
Finding YouTube videos
YouTube: How to embed high-quality videos
YouTube Embedded Player Parameters
YouTube API, how to extend your player
YouTube Beta blog
Multiple Video Upload
HTML5 and other codecs: OGG containter, Theora video codec, Vorbis audio codec.
Pedagogical Reasons for using On-Line Video
A good source of the history and applications is at http://web.mac.com/kathyama59/YouTube_and_Ed/Part_1.html
General Web 2.0 info, with some uses of YouTube, at http://www.ksu.edu/sasw/anthro/wesch.htm
Examples at Connecticut College
(to be confirmed, more to be added)
Technologies for Using Video
1. Web Link to the Video Page
[Video Formats and Players
On the web, YouTube videos are presented in Flash SWF format. When downloaded, only the FLV portion is downloaded, this is harder to play. Some YouTube videos are available in both normal and high quality SWF/FLV versions.
Example: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EA4z2sd3fOI (Click on "watch in high quality")
Some YouTube and Google videos are available for download to computer in higher-quality MPEG4/H.264 format. If you access YouTube through an iPod touch or iPhone, you are linked to the MPEG4 version, but it is not downloadable to the devices.
Playing FLV Videos: On OSX, play with Adobe Media Player or Real Player Beta 11. On Windows, play with Real Player 11, Adobe Media Player, or Applian FLV Player.
B. QuickTime and MPEG4
To save a QuickTime movie in a web page, you need to use QuickTime Player Pro. This is installed in the ATL, DCC, Neff Lab, and PCEC (?).
C. Real Media
Many Real Media files stream from servers, and can't be downloaded or saved.
1. Use Safari on Mac or Windows. While the video is playing, go to Window, Activity. The biggest file is the FLV. Double-click to save to the desktop. It will save with the name "get_video", change the name and add the .flv extension. You usually cannot download the high quality versions.
This video downloads in high quality in Safari on Win.
This video downloads as garbage text
Can't seem to be able to download this video in Mac Safari or Firefox http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dK9XYipmGzA&feature=dir
3. Use RealPlayer 11. On Windows, the Downloader is displayed above the video. On Macs, it is a separate application, RealPlayer Downloader. If the YouTube video is available in both normal and high quality, it will be downloaded in the FLV quality that is playing.
4. Use a Firefox extension
a. Video Download Helper https://addons.mozilla.org/en-US/firefox/addon/3006, This downloads both the low and high quality FLV file (when available). You may have to wait until the file is fully downloaded in YouTube before saving it. Also found at http://www.downloadhelper.net/
b. Fast Video Download (v1.6). This only downloads the lower quality version on Windows and OSX. http://www.applian.com/fast-video-download/
c. Video Downloader http://javimoya.com/blog/youtube_en.php (not tested, rel. 4/06)
d. KeepVid, http://keepvid.com/, works both as extension and web downloader
e. More ideas here: http://www.google.com/search?q=download+youtube
Distribution of Downloaded Videos
1. Upload to video server, example: http://video.conncoll.edu/c/fmor/itl102/
2. Upload to Moodle server
3. Distribute as podcasts
4. Distribute to iPods, as podcasts or as file transfers
Sometimes it is necessary to convert a Flash FLV video to MPEG4 or QuickTime. Here are some tools:
On-line: MediaConverter http://www.mediaconverter.org/
Mac Application: iSquint http://www.isquint.org/
http://www.videora.com/en-us/Converter/iPod/guide/youtube-to-ipod/ Videora iPod Converter
http://www.cucusoft.com/ Cucusoft, recommended by Newell
For PC, look at KLite http://www.k-litecodecpack.com/, http://www.free-codecs.com/download/K_lite_codec_pack.htm
Comparison tests: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=l60bW7lhRNc&feature=user (Sili, The Slap)
Uploading videos to YouTube
Compressing for higher quality versions: http://www.kenstone.net/fcp_homepage/you_tube_redux_gary.html