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Sep. 8th, 2006

06:28 am - How to download YouTube videos, record audio

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A friend asked how to download YouTube videos and record audio from them. My answer's below -- anyone have other recommendations?

What kind of computer does she have? If she has a Mac, she can download the entire video with TubeSock, and capture the sound with Wiretap Pro/Audio Hijack.

As for windows, check this page out:

http://www.tian.cc/2006/04/howto-save-videos-from-youtube-updated.html

Scanning through the posts, here's the recipe I would recommend (haven't tried it personally yet, but it should work). I'm assuming that your friend has no pre-existing sound editing software and no money.

* Enter the YouTube URL here to get the flash video (.flv) file url:

http://video.qooqle.jp/dl/

* Click to download. Rename with extension .flv

* Play the downloaded file with FLV Player 1.3.3

http://www.martijndevisser.com/blog/article/flv-player-updated

* Record and edit the sound with Audacity:

http://audacity.sourceforge.net/

A sound recording tutorial is available here:

http://www.agnula.org/documentation/dp_tutorials/audacity/

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From:crasch
Date:September 10th, 2006 11:09 am (UTC)
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Thanks!
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From:gentlemaitresse
Date:September 8th, 2006 11:48 am (UTC)
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http://www.videodl.org

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From:crasch
Date:September 10th, 2006 11:09 am (UTC)
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Thanks!
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From:gikiski
Date:September 8th, 2006 02:08 pm (UTC)
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As the tian article says at the bottom, you've already downloaded the videos if you are viewing them. The extra steps of software or websites buys you nothing (unless it is converting to other formats than flv, which I would be interested).

With the video page as your last view it will be the last file in your browser cache. Find your browser cache an make it your friend.

Simple copy-rename to the flv extension and you have your copy. While I'm youtubing, I usually just keep this cache directory open and copy-rename the files I want to keep.
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From:crasch
Date:September 8th, 2006 02:49 pm (UTC)
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Using a web form buys you conceptual simplicity. It's easier to explain to a non-technical user "cut n paste" the url into this form, and it will give you a link to the file", rather than "find out where your browser stores it's cache, then find the file you want"
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From:h_postmortemus
Date:October 6th, 2006 11:24 am (UTC)

Greasemonkey solution

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If you use Firefox, you can install the Greasemonkey extension and then add this Greasemonkey script:

http://1024k.de/bookmarklets/video-bookmarklets.html

Works really well, very non-intrusive and user-friendly.

As a side note, if you download a Google video in AVI format, it will not play. Google adds some extraneous data to the AVI header which coincidentally makes it incompatible with VFW. But you can strip that offending header data using a perl script:
http://blog.nella.org/archives/2006/01/google_video_ha.html
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From:(Anonymous)
Date:November 15th, 2006 11:53 am (UTC)

Download YouTube Videos without installing software

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Easiest way ive found is this online web form. Go to www.YouTubeX.com and simply cut and paste the URL of the video you want to download.

-greg
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From:(Anonymous)
Date:December 25th, 2006 01:31 pm (UTC)

I've done it but...

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...when I opened the file in audacity, but it plays teh whole file of 4.18 minute in acouple of seconds. Have I missed something? Did I go through one step the wrong way or is this something that I can fix on audacity? By the way, its tutorial link does not work! Thanks in advanced for any further guiding/Sergio
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From:(Anonymous)
Date:April 2nd, 2007 07:50 pm (UTC)

I use

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I use liteCam to do this. You don't have to worry about audio and video being recorded separately.

www.litecam.net
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From:(Anonymous)
Date:April 2nd, 2007 07:50 pm (UTC)

I use

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I use liteCam to do this. You don't have to worry about audio and video being recorded separately or any special player. It gets recorded in avi format.

www.litecam.net
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From:(Anonymous)
Date:May 18th, 2007 11:12 am (UTC)
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the audacity one is great and really simple if you just want the audio to stick on MP3. just change the cource from mic to stereo mixer and you're there :O)
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From:(Anonymous)
Date:September 25th, 2008 05:07 am (UTC)
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I have the same problem as the person above. The whole file plays in a fraction of a second.
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From:(Anonymous)
Date:May 25th, 2007 07:44 pm (UTC)
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I use http://www.tubematrix.com They have a cool RSS Video grabber at http://www.tubematrix.com/videos/ where you put up a RSS feed and you can download the videos from the list automatically generated. I quite like the idea.

Works for almost all online video site. I use this site to download youtube videos and dump them to my ipod by using ffmpeg. Great for this those long trips.
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