Downloading YouTube videos is a popular activity for Internet users who want to save clips they have particularly enjoyed. Fortunately, it is rather easy to download these clips, even though YouTube does not provide a download link for material hosted on the site. Instead, Safari users can use an assortment of different websites and plugins to easily download YouTube content without paying a single penny. Videos can then be stored on the hard drive to be watched at another time. Some even download YouTube videos and then store them on tablets or other devices, for viewing on the go.
Videos played on YouTube may use one of two different formats: FLV or MPEG-4. FLV files are also known as flash files, and can easily be downloaded directly from Safari. In order to determine whether a video can be downloaded in this manner, use the following steps:
Firstly, the video that should be downloaded needs to be navigated to in the browser. Once on the right page, pressing Command + Option + A will open what is known as the Safari Activity window. The name of the video should be shown here. A list of links below it will contain one that shows the megabytes of the video itself. Option-Double-Click the link itself, and the flash video file will be saved to the computer’s hard drive. It is important to note that this file can only be viewed with a player that supports flash videos.
While it is ideal to directly download from Safari, MPEG-4 files must be captured in another way. There are several third party sites that make it easy to generate a download link for content stored on YouTube. The user simply needs to copy the URL of the YouTube video, and then navigate to one of these sites. After inputting the link information, a download window will pop up. This download contains the video file in question, and should download to the machine relatively quickly, depending on how fast the user’s Internet connection may be.
Several different sites offer this service online. Some of them include KeepVid.com and keep-tube.com. After downloading the file, it may be advisable to convert it to another file format, particularly if media players installed on the Mac are not able to read the content correctly. There are a wide variety of freeware converters that can perform this task easily. This will create a file that is more adapted to use with media players. In turn, the original file can be deleted.
If downloading directly from Safari does not accomplish the task as desired, Mac users may instead wish to look at freeware YouTube download tools that help users to get the videos on to their machine. Many of these freeware download tools also function as players for content downloaded, meaning it will not need to be converted for future viewing purposes. In addition to using one of these freeware tools, it may be worth trying screen capture software tools to record videos from YouTube. In most cases, however, the quality of the video captured will likely be sub par.
There may be a variety of different reasons for Mac users to download YouTube clips on their computer. The assortment of free options available makes it easy for users to get any video they would like on their machine with just a few clicks. In turn, the content can be enjoyed again and again.