So you want to know how to download YouTube videos and save them to your computer’s hard drive? In this article I’m going to provide you with three different ways of doing this.
1. Firefox Browser Plug-in
If you are a Firefox user, there’s a very easy way you can download YouTube videos. Check out YouTube Video and Audio Downloader from the Mozilla addons website. This is a free plug-in that adds a built-in download button into your browser. The plug-in takes no time to install at all. Each time you watch a YouTube video, you’ll notice a new Download button just beneath the player window. Click on this button and you will then be presented with the option to download the video in three different file sizes and two different formats; FLV or MP4.
2. YouTube Downloader Ultimate
The YouTube Downloader Ultimate is an easy-to-use and powerful application that will allow you to download YouTube videos in FLV format and then convert them to a range of popular video and audio formats. However it doesn’t just work as a YouTube video downloader, you can also use it to convert any FLV video you already have on your hard drive to such formats as: MP4, MOV, AVI, 3GP, ASF, AC3, AAC, M4A and OGG.
My third and final method for helping you to download YouTube videos is the website: KeepVid.com. The beauty of this website is that you don’t need to install any software on your computer or within your web browser. Another major benefit is that you unlike some methods such as the Firefox browser plug-in, KeepVid allows you to save the video files to their maximum 1080p resolution. However, the only drawback with this website is that it can be a little temperamental as it requires Java to be installed on your system. This of course means that if you’re a Chrome user you’re out of luck.