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Thursday, February 11, 2010

Download YouTube Videos - No External Sites Needed

I've been putting this post off and putting it off (I'm not sure why), but I figured it was about time to share this with the rest of you. There is a very simple way to download YouTube videos straight from your browser, without the aid of sites like KeepVid. Unfortunately, this only works for IE8 and above, or other browsers for the time being.

UPDATE: As of February 2009, the codes provided in December 2009 no longer work. The updated codes should work.

To use this, simply copy the one of the following codes into a bookmark, and open the bookmark whenever you are on the page of a video you want to download.

360p (FLV file)

javascript:window.location.href = 'http://youtube.com/get_video?video_id=' + yt.getConfig('SWF_ARGS')['video_id'] + "&sk=" + yt.getConfig('SWF_ARGS')['sk'] + '&t=' + yt.getConfig('SWF_ARGS')['t'];


480p (MP4 file)
javascript:window.location.href = 'http://youtube.com/get_video?video_id=' + yt.getConfig('SWF_ARGS')['video_id'] + "&fmt=18&sk=" + yt.getConfig('SWF_ARGS')['sk'] + '&t=' + yt.getConfig('SWF_ARGS')['t'];


HD 720p (MP4 file)
javascript:window.location.href = 'http://youtube.com/get_video?video_id=' + yt.getConfig('SWF_ARGS')['video_id'] + "&fmt=22&sk=" + yt.getConfig('SWF_ARGS')['sk'] + '&t=' + yt.getConfig('SWF_ARGS')['t'];


HD 1080p (MP4 file)
javascript:window.location.href = 'http://youtube.com/get_video?video_id=' + yt.getConfig('SWF_ARGS')['video_id'] + "&fmt=37&sk=" + yt.getConfig('SWF_ARGS')['sk'] + '&t=' + yt.getConfig('SWF_ARGS')['t'];


Keep in mind that, while the normal and HQ links should work for every video on YouTube, the HD links will only work for videos that have an HD version available. Currently lonelygirl15, KateModern, and The Resistance videos are available in HQ, while a few Harper's Globe videos and all of The Last and Outbreak's videos are available in HD. So, if you want higher quality screencaps, keep this in mind and go for it!

These links should work given the above, but a few recent HD videos have proved finicky. If you have this problem, use http://windowsforus.com/youtube. To use this link, simply open the page and paste the YouTube URL into the box provided. It generates every download link available, so there is no more guessing whether a video is available in a higher quality!

Information via Unlock for Us.

12 comments:

  1. Added a link for this post in the resources section. So, if you are looking for it at a later date you can find the link there.

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  2. The code given for HD doesn't work, but the code given for HQ seems to work for HD anyway...

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  3. There is also a Greasemonkey script that places a download link under the video description.

    Also in firefox there is a very good video downloader "add on".

    Now if someone can just tell us how to do it on Crackle.com

    :):):)

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  4. I have an add-on on Firefox called 'Easy Youtube Video Downloader'

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  5. I don't like the YouTube Greasemonkey scripts because they tend to break faster than just straight javascript (since they depend on layouts not changing, as well).

    As for the HD link not working, the one I listed is for the new 1080p format. You can replace the fmt=37 with fmt=22 and get the catch-all HD link.

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  6. so basically you encourage copyright infringement??? this is not a good site.

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  7. LG15 content is made available for download under a non commercial creative commons license.

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  8. "so basically you encourage copyright infringement??? this is not a good site."

    ITS EVIL EVIL EVIL

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  9. Also, it should be noted that these download links won't work with content put up by providers such as CBS or ABC. So I'm not sure how we're promoting copyright infringement...

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  10. Of course this site is evil. Just look at all the stuff posted on here. What more proof do you need. DUH!

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