How To: Download YouTube Videos….for free!

I’ve been wanting to download YouTube videos for ages! I’m not sure about windows, but for all the applications that I found for Macs, they were only shareware! Ok, I started to get pissed off, since I wanted to take bits and pieces of videos and make my own cool shit with other works, but to do that, I needed the vid file itself. So, I finally found a solution! This requires Firefox, and works on both Mac and PC.

Step 1: Download Firefox if you don’t already have it. Get Firefox here.

Step 2: On Firefox, go to https://addons.mozilla.org/firefox/4318/ and download the Media Pirate add-on thingy.

Step 3: Once the extension is installed, restart Firefox. You should see this on the left side of your browser toolbar:

The extension is the grayed out icon that my badly drawn red arrow is pointing too.

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Step 4: Go to YouTube or some other video site that Media Pirate supports. If you are on a site which it supports, the icon will turn colored, as seen below:

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Step 5: Now that you are all set up, click on a video, example: http://youtube.com/watch?v=rkeOB699qfI

The icon will be colored in. Click on the icon, and a new window or tab will open. It will be a Media Pirate page, asking you if this is what you want to download. Click yes, and once it is fully complete, the download window will pop up, and you will be asked where you want to save it. Once it’s saved, the filename that you’ll get (or at least what I got) is ‘getvideo.’

Simply rename it to ‘nameofvideo.flv

Step 6: To view it on Quicktime, you’ll want to convert it, I suggest converting it to .mp4 (iPod Video format) using iSquint. Get iSquint here.

Step 7: You’re all set! Go download those videos!

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