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How to Save YouTube Videos

I used to use a Firefox plugin to save YouTube Videos so I could use portions of them in class. When I went to access the plugin I found it had changed to using a pay plan in a rather impolite fashion. So I did a quick search around and found I could use VLC to download the Videos I needed to use snippets of.

1. How to download YouTube videos with VLC

There are plenty of third-party apps, browser extensions, and websites you can use to download YouTube videos. You also don’t need any of them, since you can do this directly through VLC:

  1. Find a video on YouTube—like this one—and copy the URL from your browser’s the address bar.
  2. In VLC, head to Media > Open Network Stream.
  3. Paste the YouTube link in the box and click Play. You might have to wait some time for the video to start. (If it’s not working, or not loading after a long while, you might want to try this fix to see if it helps.)
  4. Under Tools, click Codec Information.
  5. In the box that says Location, right-click the block of text and click Select All. Copy this text to your clipboard.
  6. Go back to your browser and paste the link in the address bar. This will open the source file directly on YouTube’s servers.
  7. Right-click the video as it plays and select Save Video As.”



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