Tom Pauncz wrote on 3/9/2013, 3:23 PM
I use the DownloadHelper plug-in with Firefox.
Works really well...
musicvid10 wrote on 3/9/2013, 3:24 PM
"DownloadHelper plug-in with Firefox."


JackW wrote on 3/9/2013, 3:52 PM
+1 for Download Helper.

Former user wrote on 3/9/2013, 4:24 PM
You didn't mention if you have admin access to the YouTube account, but if you do you can download the video directly from the account.
VidMus wrote on 3/9/2013, 4:31 PM
I there any way to do this without Firefox?

My system is working great. Changes scare me!

Danny Fye
richard-amirault wrote on 3/9/2013, 5:45 PM
I there any way to do this without Firefox?

?? You can download and install Firefox without making it your default browser. Only use it when/if you want/need to.

If you are willing to download another program to do this what is the difference?
farss wrote on 3/9/2013, 5:50 PM
I use Free Download Manager.

Duncan H wrote on 3/9/2013, 6:09 PM
Download 'action' screen capture software & screen capture the YouTube video. Works a charm
rs170a wrote on 3/9/2013, 6:34 PM
YouTube downloads and a lot more.

Jason King wrote on 3/10/2013, 12:33 AM
Easiest way I've found is to just paste the URL into the download box at:

Works great for me.


Ron Windeyer wrote on 3/10/2013, 12:54 AM
Thanks Tom!!

Another example - you don't have to ACTIVELY participate in threads to learn good stuff here..
Johnkl wrote on 3/10/2013, 10:18 AM
I use you tube downloader from
graphic_girl wrote on 3/10/2013, 10:39 PM
Thank you all for the great suggestions... my sister-in-law and I really appreciate it... (and no we do not have administrative access to his youtube account).


gg :-)
Laurence wrote on 3/10/2013, 10:46 PM
If you still have problems, post a link and one of us will download it for you.
dlion wrote on 3/11/2013, 9:52 AM
flash video downloader works for me. it's a pull-down in the menubar. gives a choice of resolutions and formats.
craftech wrote on 3/12/2013, 10:21 AM
John C.,
You posted which sounded interesting, but I looked at their FAQ and it said:

Which websites does KeepVid support?
Dailymotion, 4shared, 5min, 9you,, Aniboom,, Break,, Clipser,, CollegeHumor, Cracked, Current,,, eHow, eBaumsWorld, Ensonhaber, Facebook, Flickr, Flukiest, FunnyJunk, FunnyOrDie,, Metacafe, MySpace, Ning, Photobucket, RuTube, SoundCloud, Stagevu, TED, Tudou, TwitVid, VBOX7, videobb,, Veoh, Vimeo,

You Tube wasn't listed.

Does it work for you?


EDIT: Never mind. It does work, but you need JAVA enabled in the browser which may be a non-starter for some (me for one).
musicvid10 wrote on 3/12/2013, 10:26 AM
One thing:
Downloading native mp4 from Youtube, it has always been necessary for me to run it through AVIDemux (Copy/Copy/MP4) before it will open in Vegas.

I don't know if this is necessary with VP12.
Kimberly wrote on 12/16/2013, 9:27 AM
Reviving this thread . . . any new recommendations on the best tool for downloading from YouTube?

Way OT, but I bought some cake decorating tips to take to the Chuukese chefs who work in our galley. They have been doing an outstanding job all these years with ziplock bags and NO tips -- just holes cut in the ends. I want to make a short video of basic techniques so they have some ideas on how to use the tips.



Gary James wrote on 12/16/2013, 9:57 AM
"Reviving this thread . . . any new recommendations on the best tool for downloading from YouTube?"

Here's another solution using a different approach. Snagit, or any screen recording software that also captures audio, offers the ability to capture and save streaming video from websites employing video display tools that are unreadable to most download plug-ins Making these types of tools more flexible for various needs. They also offer limited video editing capabilities that let you annotate your captured videos.
Kimberly wrote on 12/16/2013, 10:04 AM
Snagit -- great idea. I was at a client a few years back and they had Snagit. I'd forgotten all about. Thanks.
PeterDuke wrote on 12/16/2013, 6:15 PM
I thought that I would give Snagit a go. The interface seems to be based on what do you want to do rather than what basic parameters that you can set. I prefer the latter.

I also saw a note that recording system audio is not supported in Win XP or Vista. I am amazed!
PeterWright wrote on 12/16/2013, 6:45 PM
Another way, which I learnt ... from a video on youTube.

If you insert "ss" (without the quotes) immediately after "www." in the URL and press Enter, it will take you to a site called , which will have a list of various formats of the clip available for download. There are usually flashing pop-ups trying to lure you somewhere, but I ignore them.
mdindestin wrote on 12/16/2013, 7:45 PM
Someone mentioned YouTube Downloader. It's now called YTD Video Downloader. Watch the install closely to make sure you're not selecting a toolbar or other nonsense. I use the free version quite often and it works very well.