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Billy T
22-07-2007, 10:07 PM
Hi Team

I want to download a short series of videos but haven't found a downloader that works. The first two simply failed to start the download and the third downloaded so slowly that it would be hours before I got just one saved.

What downloaders do you recommend?

Cheers

Billy 8-{)

winmacguy
22-07-2007, 10:11 PM
There was a post discussed here a while back about a downloader that worked off YouTube - around the beginning of the year I think.
YouTube now uses H.264 codec too.

Metla
22-07-2007, 10:16 PM
I use videodownloader, Its an extension for Firefox (no idea if you are willing to have firefox installed) shows up as a tiny icon, all you do is click it when on a page that has the video you want.

Has worked on every video I have wanted from youtube.

The downside is you have to rename the file, but I re-encode them into a more popular format as soon as I get them with super encoder, only takes a few seconds.

Metla
22-07-2007, 10:20 PM
Regarding speed, I use flashget.

(again with the Firefox)

After I have fired up video downloader and the DOWNLOAD button has apeared, I right click it and select download file with flashget.

This also requires another firefox extension in order to intergrate Flashget into Firfox, The extension is called flashgot....

Trev
22-07-2007, 10:51 PM
I use Youtube Grabber. You just copy and paste the url into it and it downloads the video to your desktop. I have found the odd video won't download. I suspect they have some sort of copy protection on them to stop you from downloading them. I use FLV Player to play them.
Trevor :)

somebody
23-07-2007, 07:44 AM
http://keepvid.com/ (http://javascript%3Cb%3E%3C/b%3E:document.location=)
Has a nice bookmart shortcut which lets you simply click on it when you are on any Youtube page.

http://zamzar.com/
If you want to download a Youtube video in something other than a .FLV file.

zcc
23-07-2007, 09:18 AM
try miro...
it used to me democracyplayer and is opensource and very good on vitsa and xp.
http://www.getmiro.com/
It can download plenty...

Billy T
23-07-2007, 02:09 PM
Thanks guys, I'll have to pass on the Firefox options but that still leaves choices.

With prices going down on CPUs it looks like it is time for me to get my new PC at last and move into the fast lane and get enough processing power to play with video. I am a confirmed Intel user and I'm thinking of going right up to hottest sub-$500 core-duo chip before the big price leap to the $1000+ versions.

That should last me a fair while, I got my present computer built when a PIII550 was the hottest on offer and W2K was new so it has to be about 6-7 years old now.

Cheers

Billy 8-{)

tweak'e
23-07-2007, 02:40 PM
http://www.youtube-d.com/ :) works well.

Billy T
23-07-2007, 03:50 PM
http://zamzar.com/
If you want to download a Youtube video in something other than a .FLV file.

OK, so Zamzar is refusing to play nicely!!

I go through the process of entering the URL for the file, choosing the format and supplying the email address then at the next step it tells me I have to UPLOAD a file before converting. I thought this program converted downloads on the fly, or am I mistaken there?

Cheers

Billy 8-{) :confused:

wratterus
23-07-2007, 03:53 PM
http://www.youtube-d.com/ :) works well.

I second that - best one out there I've found, if you don't want media in the reasonable unusable .flv format.

somebody
23-07-2007, 04:21 PM
OK, so Zamzar is refusing to play nicely!!

I go through the process of entering the URL for the file, choosing the format and supplying the email address then at the next step it tells me I have to UPLOAD a file before converting. I thought this program converted downloads on the fly, or am I mistaken there?

Cheers

Billy 8-{) :confused:

I assume you are pasting the URL into the form designed for URLs, rather than uploading files? http://zamzar.com/url/

Billy T
23-07-2007, 04:44 PM
I assume you are pasting the URL into the form designed for URLs, rather than uploading files? http://zamzar.com/url/

Umm.....Yes, I know the difference, and it is a separate form!

However, YouTube Grabber is working just fine and dandy for me, but I can't play the FLV files I've downloaded because the Adobe Flash update refuses to download (or install, one or the other). It is not a firewall issue either, I've opened the gate and invited it in!

I have been playing FLV files in the past but they won't play now so this attempted download seems to have wiped my original player, which was an alternative source download as well. Ah well :(, time to find a program to convert FLV to something more cooperative!

Any recommendations for converters or alternative FLV players?

Cheers

Billy 8-{)

wratterus
23-07-2007, 04:48 PM
Umm.....Yes, I know the difference, and it is a separate form!

However, YouTube Grabber is working just fine and dandy for me, but I can't play the FLV files I've downloaded because the Adobe Flash update refuses to download (or install, one or the other). It is not a firewall issue either, I've opened the gate and invited it in!

I have been playing FLV files in the past but they won't play now so this attempted download seems to have wiped my original player, which was an alternative source download as well. Ah well :(, time to find a program to convert FLV to something more cooperative!

Any recommendations for converters or alternative FLV players?

Cheers

Billy 8-{)

www.youtube-d.com is great. (No .flv files to piss around with):D

Download flv player (http://www.download.com/FLV-Player/3000-2139_4-10467081.html) to play .flv files.

For a converter - super (http://www.erightsoft.com/SUPER.html) is good. (and free)

Cicero
23-07-2007, 05:38 PM
Sure you wont Mind B,but wondered if there is a similar thing for downloading other videos.?

From obscure sites that is.

Brian B
23-07-2007, 07:34 PM
Greven once recommended DownThemAll, it's a download manager extension for Firefox.
It's great for all types of downloads.

Cicero
23-07-2007, 08:12 PM
Greven once recommended DownThemAll, it's a download manager extension for Firefox.
It's great for all types of downloads.

When we say extension of Firefox,where is that to b found.?

Billy T
23-07-2007, 10:07 PM
Sure you wont Mind B,but wondered if there is a similar thing for downloading other videos.? From obscure sites that is.

You are a worry Ciccy, "obscure sites"?? Do tell.......You are not a closet cooking fanatic are you, or does Mrs Ciccy have a thing for the flying trapeze and want to study the experts?

Cheers

Billy 8-{)

Metla
23-07-2007, 10:16 PM
When we say extension of Firefox,where is that to b found.?

To get an extension you visit the Extension site, select the one you desire and it installs itself, The extra options these add are found sitting on one of the upper taskbars of the browser window or on the right click menu, extensiona already installed can be configured via Tools>add ons.

The extension in question can be sourced from https://addons.mozilla.org/en-US/firefox/addon/201

Cicero
24-07-2007, 07:36 AM
You are a worry Ciccy, "obscure sites"?? Do tell.......You are not a closet cooking fanatic are you, or does Mrs Ciccy have a thing for the flying trapeze and want to study the experts?

Cheers

Billy 8-{)

You are too pure of mind for me to go into that B.:rolleyes:

Best that I let you have more practice with that imagination of yours.

Cicero
24-07-2007, 07:37 AM
To get an extension you visit the Extension site, select the one you desire and it installs itself, The extra options these add are found sitting on one of the upper taskbars of the browser window or on the right click menu, extensiona already installed can be configured via Tools>add ons.

The extension in question can be sourced from https://addons.mozilla.org/en-US/firefox/addon/201

Thanks Met.

Trev
24-07-2007, 08:41 AM
You guys never fail to amase me in the complicated issues you go through to download and play You tube files. Youtube Grabber nice and simple and FLV player again nice and simple. FLV player from here.
http://www.martijndevisser.com/blog/flv-player
Trevor :)

Cicero
24-07-2007, 08:47 AM
Amazing what amazes.

Trev
24-07-2007, 11:42 AM
Sorry for the incorrect spelling. Amazing.
Trevor :)

B.M.
25-07-2007, 10:33 AM
Iíve been following this thread and downloaded "You Tube Downloader".

It downloaded and installed fine and Iíve even downloaded a small .avi file.

Unfortunately, WMP9 will play the sound but not the Video. I note there is a warning on the downloader that this could happen and the problem would be a codec missing.

Ok, but I thought WMP9 played .avi files?

Anyone point me in the right direction?

WMP9 & XP Home.

wratterus
25-07-2007, 10:49 AM
Iíve been following this thread and downloaded "You Tube Downloader".

It downloaded and installed fine and Iíve even downloaded a small .avi file.

Unfortunately, WMP9 will play the sound but not the Video. I note there is a warning on the downloader that this could happen and the problem would be a codec missing.

Ok, but I thought WMP9 played .avi files?

Anyone point me in the right direction?

WMP9 & XP Home.

Chuck this (http://www.free-codecs.com/K_Lite_Codec_Pack_download.htm) (3.25 full) codec package on - will solve all your problems! It's because Youtube now uses the H.264 codec for video, which WMP doesn't support by default. If that still doesn't work put WMP 10 (http://www.microsoft.com/windows/windowsmedia/player/10/default.aspx) on aswell as the codec package.

Other than that download VLC Media Player. (http://www.videolan.org/vlc/)

B.M.
25-07-2007, 11:07 AM
Thanks Wratterus,

Works a treat. :thumbs: