Thursday, August 16, 2007

Easily download YouTube movies via Safari (osx)

YouTube is great for finding all sorts of video clips, but wouldnt it be nice having them on your computer? And when I say computer, I mean Mac (it might even work on PCs, now that Safari is available on Windows too). So after some googling, I found the following tip at

If you're using Safari, there's an easy way to download YouTube videos. Open the page with the movie and press Command-Option-A (or Window - Activity), which shows the Activity window. If you're also loading other sites, you'll see a list of them: scroll until you find the YouTube page and click on the arrow to show details about what is being loaded.

You will certainly notice an element whose size is over 0.5MB (most of the time, over 5MB). Double-click on it (even if it is still loading), and Safari will download it. When the download is over, navigate to the file in the Finder (which will probably be called get_video) and add the extension .flv to its name. Now you can play it with VLC or with QuickTime (only if you have Perian installed).


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