How to Burn a CD From YouTube on a Mac

By Hollan Johnson

YouTube is the home of millions of videos, from animated shorts to vlogs. If you wish to view YouTube videos off-line, a Mac with Safari--the Apple-based Web browser--can download the videos onto your computer as flash video files (FLVs) and burn them onto a CD-R. QuickTime Pro can then convert the files, if you prefer a different format.

Things You'll Need

  • Safari
  • QuickTime Pro

Step 1

Open Safari on your Mac in the Applications folder or in the Dock. Go to YouTube and select the video you want to burn to CD.

Step 2

Click on “Activity” in the Windows menu. Select the largest file, usually 2 MB or more, and double-click on it. Click on the file once it downloads to your Mac’s desktop. Click on it again to highlight the text. Name the file with the extension “FLV.”

Step 3

Open QuickTime Pro in your Dock or the Applications menu. Select “Open File” from the File menu. Select the FLV file and click “Open.” Select “Export” from the File menu. Select the type of file you want to convert the FLV file to and click “Save.”

Step 4

Place a CD-R in your Mac’s optical drive. Double-click on the CD-R icon that appears on the desktop.

Step 5

Drag the YouTube file or files onto the CD-R. Click “Burn Disk” in the File menu. Name the CD. Select “1x” for the speed and click “Burn.”