Ottawa PC Users' Group, Inc.
by Alan German
videos come, and YouTube videos go, or at least, YouTube
videos can sometimes be hard to re-locate if you see
something interesting but dont bookmark the URL. An
alternative is to download the video of interest to your
hard drive for future viewing but how?
Enter YTD Video Downloader, a
freeware package that makes downloading YouTube videos,
and video files from several other web sites, a simple
task. YTD will even convert video formats for you.
Supported file types include mp3, mp4, wmv, flv, mov,
3gp, and avi.
Having downloaded and installed the program (watch out
for bundled software that you dont wish to
install!), you simply need to copy (Ctrl-C) the URL of a
video to the clipboard, and hover the mouse over the
Paste URL window. Like magic the web address
for the video will appear in the window there is
no need to actually paste it!
its simply a matter of choosing the desired
settings for download quality, video file format, etc.,
although the default settings may be just fine. One
setting that you probably should change is Save
to. By default, this uses some obscure
documents folder for a given user. Since I never
use such folders, I found it hard to locate my first
download, and so opted to use the folder on my data drive
where I normally store file downloads.
After that, hitting the Download button does precisely
what it says and in no time at all well, in a
period appropriate to the size of the file and the speed
of your Internet connection the video is available
to play from your hard disk. Even better, YTD has a
built-in viewer so you can see the results immediately.
And, just in case you were wondering, the example (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nJYcHrwE1ok) shown above is a home-made,
how-to video of Adam, The Northern Tech, installing a
solid state drive in an Acer Aspire One netbook. In
consequence, its a freely-available file (i.e. no
copyright) and a great example of the utility of
YTD in allowing the file to be downloaded for future
reference such as when you are in the middle of
major laptop surgery and need a little help!
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