Tuesday, December 3, 2013

How to Download Youtube Videos

Did you use a YouTube video last year, but this year the video is gone?  Know that you are not alone.   I found a great five-minute video teaching students about political cartoons my first year of teaching in a way that I could never do by standing in the front of the room lecturing.  However, I went to show it the following year and it was gone.

At that point I decided “NEVER AGAIN!”  I searched the web for a way to download Youtube clips and save them to my hard drive and/or insert them into PowerPoint.  Listed below are different tools for downloading videos and safe viewing of Youtube videos.  Resources were shared by CSD EdTechs and are free. 

     Downloading Tools:
        Downloadhelper –Plug-in for FireFox
         * This is my favorite.  Here is a How to Document. 
        Fast Video Download - plug-in for Firefox.
        DownloadYouTube Videos as MP4- Plug-in FireFox
        iSkysoft – Free download

    Safe viewing options:
       Safe Share


  1. Do you know of any that works in Chrome?

    1. I had to do a search and tried out a few for you. The downloader that I liked the best is Video Downloader professional (https://chrome.google.com/webstore/detail/video-downloader-professi/elicpjhcidhpjomhibiffojpinpmmpil). It takes a couple of steps to download the Youtube file and the download is slow but works great. I am a Chrome guy, but use firefox only for downloading Youtube clips. Please let me know if you have any questions.

    2. The iSkysoft download adds a download button to the YouTube video in any browser you use.