…and Save It to Your Computer for Offline Viewing
YouTube has been one of the most popular website to view all kind of videos posted by people around the world. Just enter the YouTube website and you can search virtually any kind of videos on the subject you like. But how can you download them for late viewing on your PC?
With embedded HTML code and video streaming technology, you are able to watch videos directly from your browser. You are also able to post text comment or a video response to the videos, view other related videos and upload your own video as well. With lots of features given, unfortunately there is one feature that YouTube does not provide and that is to let you download the video.
But here is a trick to let you download and save the video for offline viewing.
1. Go to any YouTube video you are watching. Right click on page and select the “View Source” option from the menu. Or “View Page Source” for FireFox browser.
2. Press “CTRL + F” to search for a word “player2.swf”. And notice there is a HTML line like this:
3. Replace the “/player2.swf” to “www.youtube.com/get_video” and it will become:
4. Paste it to the “Address Bar” at top of your browser and press “Enter”. Then it will prompt you to save the video. REMEMBER to name your video with the “.flv” extension at the end of the filename. A correct example would be something like “myvideo.flv”.
Keep in mind that the video you have saved just now is in Flash Video Format. It is the standard file format YouTube use to play video on their website. So, your Windows
Media Player might not able to play the video. But no worry, what you need to do is just go to google.com and search for “flv player” and there are couples of Free player available. Just download and install it on your computer you will be able to watch the video you saved just now.
OK, now grab the popcorn and enjoy the movie!
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