Downloading from YouTube?

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brianvds (June 23, 2016, 08:31:49 AM):
Any suggestions for the best way to download videos from YouTube? I have been using free software called Freemake Video Downloader, and it used to work brilliantly, but on many YT videos they now seem to have found ways to prevent Freemake from downloading - I constantly get the message "play the video in your browser."

There are web pages where you can paste the URL of the video, but some of these will cheerfully download all manner of unwanted software onto your computer as well, without informing you, and before you know it you are fighting a running battle against junkware.

So what say ye tech gurus?
Mefiante (June 23, 2016, 08:50:47 AM):
Try this one. It’s freeware, compact and works well, and also includes a user-settable auto-update feature. However, be aware that in the past they included other promo stuff in the installation, so you have to pay attention during the setup process.

Also, after installation, check that the downloader was the only thing that was installed. You can do this by clicking Start → Control Panel → Programs and Features. In the Programs and Features console click on the “Installed On” header to sort the list by install date. The YouTube downloader should be at the top. If anything else was also installed that you don’t want, you can uninstall it by right-clicking on it and selecting “Unininstall”.

'Luthon64
st0nes (June 23, 2016, 09:56:10 AM):
Any suggestions for the best way to download videos from YouTube? I have been using free software called Freemake Video Downloader, and it used to work brilliantly, but on many YT videos they now seem to have found ways to prevent Freemake from downloading - I constantly get the message "play the video in your browser."

There are web pages where you can paste the URL of the video, but some of these will cheerfully download all manner of unwanted software onto your computer as well, without informing you, and before you know it you are fighting a running battle against junkware.

So what say ye tech gurus?

I use youtube-dl. It works really well and gives you a choice of download formats.
brianvds (June 23, 2016, 12:04:15 PM):
Thanks for the suggestions so far! I'll check them out, in between thumbing my nose at copyright law. :-).
Rigil Kent (June 23, 2016, 13:46:56 PM):
Caught Mrs Kent once videoing the computer monitor with her cell phone. On the up side, she never complains about compatibility issues.

Rigil

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