Download and save YouTube videos

May 26, 2009

Downloading, saving and storing videos for later viewing (YouTube). There are a number of options. Here is my option of choice.

1) Mozilla Firefox is my browser of choice and it has an easy to use, media download tool as an add-on.

You can download a free copy of Firefox at http://www.mozilla.com/firefox. Install it by double-clicking on the downloaded file. Click here

Firefox can import your list of favourites and bookmarks directly from Internet Explorer if you ask it to during the installation. This process will not replace Explorer; you will now have two browsers on your PC and can use either at any time.

2) Fire up Firefox and go onto the Internet. You need to download, from https://addons.mozilla.org ,  the free Firefox add-on tool called ‘UnPlug‘ – it is a media download tool. (You will find it under ‘Download Management’). Click on the ‘Add to Firefox’ button. Your Firefox browser will now have a little green fish on the toolbar at the top. Click here

3) Now visit a website (like You Tube). Select a video. Click on the green fish icon. This will download and save the video to your PC. It will have a file name ending on ‘flv’

4) You cannot view an ‘flv’ file with an ordinary media player and so you will need to download a special viewer; I suggest VLC player as it plays EVERYTHING. Download it from http://www.videolan.org/vlc/download-windows.html. Install it by double-clicking on the downloaded file. You can now use this program to open and play all manner of multimedia files. Click here

NOTE: With time this process will become easier as browsers see the need / demand for this type of task but to the best of my knowledge this is currently the easiest way to download and play YouTube videos.

NOTE: If the green fish icon does not appear on the Firefox toolbar you can choose, ‘View’, ‘Toolbars’, ‘Customise’ and drag it on with your mouse.

UnPlug Firefox add on. Media download tool

UnPlug Firefox add on. Media download tool


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