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How To Save YouTube Videos

Have some favorite videos on YouTube? This solution tells you how you can save them to disk, easily.
Published: Jul 23, 2007
Author: Michael E, Callahan
Related OS: Windows
How To

Save YouTube Videos

by Leslie Bee of Applian Technologies


How to Record YouTube Video

It's easy to capture YouTube videos. Using Replay A/V from Applian Technologies, you can save anything you see on YouTube or other similar sites. Not only does Replay A/V easily record these videos, but it will automatically convert them into a variety of other formats, including iPod video and 3GP for mobile phones.

Videos from YouTube and like sites are transmitted and captured in FLV format. Many of these video sites cache the video on your PC if you've already played it. Replay A/V is the only software smart enough to search your cache, locate videos you've recently played, and even show the name of the video so you can archive it easily on your PC. It's the best way to save these FLV video clips.

Here is how to record YouTube video:

  • 1. Download and install a copy of Replay A/V
  • 2. Play the video in YouTube. Once it's done playing, a copy of the video is in your PC's cache. (If you've already watched the video you can skip this step.)
  • 3. Open Replay A/V. When you open the program the main screen looks like this:

  • 4. Click on the Open Recording Wizard button and the following screen will appear:
  • 5. Click on the Record something right now button and the following screen will appear:
  • 6. Since you want to capture a video from YouTube you want to click on the Capture a Video clip or Audio archive from the Internet link. The Stream Capture dialog appears showing the recent videos you've played:
  • 7. Select the video, and click Add Selection as New Recording . You will be taken to the Edit Show Properties window with everything preset to record:
  • 8. If you'd like to convert the video to another format (for example: iPod video format), change the output option in the After recording, Convert to selector.
  • 9. Change the name of the video if you like.
  • 10. Click OK, You will see the main screen and your video will start recording like this:
  • 11. Once the video finishes recording you can play the recording by left clicking on the name of the video and scrolling down to Play Last Recording like this:

The video will appear like this:

Replay A/V includes a Flash video player so you will be able to play these videos right away.

It's that easy! Your video is now saved on your computer, and you can watch it wherever and whenever you want.


About Michael E, Callahan

Michael E. Callahan, known around the world by the trademarked name Dr. File Finder, is regarded as the world's leading expert on shareware. Dr. File Finder works with software programs and developers full-time, and in the average year he evaluates 10,000 programs. Since 1982 he has evaluated over 250,000 software and hardware products. Mr. Callahan began evaluating software online in 1982 and no one has been at it longer. He currently works doing online PR and marketing for software companies, and is the Senior Content Producer for Butterscotch.Com.

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