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Saturday, September 30, 2006

Downloading Videos From YouTube And Playing FLV Files On Your Mac

If you're a YouTube addict like I am, you've probably wondered if there was a way to save those videos onto your hard drive (yeah, because spending hours watching random videos about pancakes and grown men dressed in drag lip syncing to Cher's greatest hits CLEARLY isn't enough). Well, YouTube doesn't actually let you save videos from their website to your hard drive, but there are sites that can help you out. You can try Javi Moya's Video Downloader (this one also lets you download videos off of other sites like Google Video, Myspace, etc...). It's very easy, all you have to do is input the video page's URL in the text box provided, and a download link to the video will be generated for you.

Step 1: Input valid YouTube video URL

Step 2: Click on generated link to download video

YouTube videos are in FLV format so you will need an FLV player to view them. You can get one from Wimpy. They have a free FLV player available for download at their website.
Enjoy the videos! :-D

[UPDATE: 06-February-2006]

You can also try the ff:

- FLVthing by Automagic Software is a standalone FLV player just like the one by Wimpy. It's freeware, too.

- Perian, on the other hand, is a free, open source QuickTime® component that adds native support for many popular video formats including FLV. So installing this will allow you to play FLV files using QuickTime®.
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Anonymous said...

after hours of searching -maybe my searching skills are not that good but nevertheless- your tips finally helped me play my 'flv files. VLC kept crashing, Quicktime, flashplayer, realplaer etc didn't manage to read the files on my iMac (10.3.9) , but the wimpy player is so easy and it works!
thanks for your efforts!
good luck
Merijn Bolink,Amsterdam

pinoymaclover said...

You're welcome! Glad this article helped you out. :)



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