How do I download video from YouTube?

Brandon —  September 16, 2008 — 14 Comments

The question I am asked most when talking tech with other youth workers is, “How do I download video from YouTube?”

In the past I used a Firefox extension:
https://addons.mozilla.org/en-US/firefox/addon/3242

Or sites like:
http://keepvid.com/
http://www.kissyoutube.com/ (if you want to use this site all you need to do it type the word “kiss” before the work youtube in ANY youtube video…“kissyoutube”)

These are are fine if you have the right codec (software) to play the video for your group, with these I could only download the videos as a Flash Video file (flv) and that has to many limitation plus you have to rename the file with a .flv extension…wow, I am boring myself…

So I moved on to so web apps like:
http://vixy.net/
http://www.mediaconverter.org/
http://media-convert.com/

These are great because they will take your video file and convert it to almost any video format that you choose that will be compatible with whatever software (MediaShout, ProPresenter, iWorship, etc…) or operating system (Mac, Windows, etc…) you are using.  Some of these sites work with more than YouTube.  However these sites are not always up and running.  There have been several times when I have had to try them all before I found one that worked.  I don’t know if this is a site crash, a poorly written online app, or YouTube blocking these sites.  Kissyoutube recently add a convert feature, when I went to use it the site said, “File Not Found – Page Does Not Exist.”

I have found a small and simple application for my Mac that download and converts YouTube video.  The software is called “GetTube” and you can download it form http://web.mac.com/simonvrel/en/gettube/gettube.html.  This app is very basic.  You can download any YouTube video as an MP4, AVI, MP3 or FLV.  This is perfect for all the video uses I have, weather showing in MediaShout or editing in iMovie.

I am sure there are dozens of other apps we could talk about but this should get you started.  Start with second set of online apps and see how they work for you.  The good thing about those (if they are running) is they will work for you on  Mac or a PC.

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Brandon has been on staff at First Evangelical Free Church in Rockford, IL for nearly a decade in the youth ministry department where he currently serves as the Pastor of Student Ministries.