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Wednesday, December 13, 2006

Getting Video off of YouTube

I had to go through the process recently of trying to figure out how to download video from You Tube for a video my brother was putting together. A process like this can sometimes be difficult since you don't know what to download and what's going to install spyware on your computer. So here's a sure-fire way to download video off of YouTube.

So, here's the process for taking video off of YouTube:
  1. Download and Install the Riva FLV Encoder here - http://www.download.com/Riva-FLV-Encoder/3000-2140-10320097.html
  2. Copy the URL of the You Tube Video you'd like to download (ex: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=D2kJZOfq7zk)
  3. Go to Video Downloader here - http://javimoya.com/blog/youtube_en.php
    1. Paste the You Tube Video URL in the textbox
    2. Select "You Tube" from the dropdown
    3. Click "Download"
  4. While still in Video Downloader, select "Download Link"
    1. Click "Save"
    2. Be sure name the file with the .flv extension (ex: mymovie.flv)
  5. Next, open Riva FLV Encoder
    1. For the "Input Video", select browse to find the flv file (mymovie.flv)
    2. Select the proper "Output Directory" for where you want the file to end up.
    3. In the "Destination video file" box, change the extension to the file you'd like to covert it to (ex: mymovie.flv to mymovie.mpeg)
  6. Finally, click the "Encode" button (this process may take a couple of minutes depending on the file size)

And there you go! YouTube video at your disposal.