How to Copy a Video From YouTube to a CD or Stick

By Lynn Dean

YouTube has millions of videos, with millions of viewers from around the world. If you have ever wanted to copy and save videos on a media device, rest assured, it can be done. Before you copy a YouTube video, you must first download it to your computer. And depending on what type of media player you use, you may need to convert the video before downloading.

Things You'll Need

  • Blank CD-RW, CD-R or memory stick

Step 1

Go to the Convert.Files website (see Resources). Copy and paste the YouTube video link into the area that says, "Or download it from." The input will automatically generate as an MP4. On the other side of the screen, you can choose the resolution as default or the highest available.

Step 2

Select your output format. If you primarily use Windows Media Player, choose the .WMV file. QuickTime users should select the .MOV format. For iTunes, use M4V. For other media players such a VideoLAN you can select .FLV or .MP4. Some CDs do not recognize the .MP4 video format, so be sure that your brand of CDs can before you chose this output.

Step 3

Check the box to send downloaded link to your email and enter your email address. This is optional and if choose this option, Convert.Files will save the link online for 24 hours. Otherwise click "Convert" and wait for the file to convert.

Step 4

Click the download link. Depending on how you have your downloads configured, the file may automatically download to your preferred save location. Otherwise choose a place to download on your computer.

Step 5

Put the blank CD into the disk drive. When the Autoplay pop-up appears, choose "Burn files to disc." Right-click the YouTube video and click "Send To." Then click your disc drive to send the video file to the CD. Next, click "Start" and then "Computer" and click on your CD or DVD drive. On the Windows toolbar select "Burn to Disc." First you will be asked to select the speed and disc title; then press "Next." A progress bar and screen will run, until your YouTube video is copied to your CD.

Step 6

Plug your memory stick into a USB port. Right-click the YouTube video and select "Send To." Select the drive for your memory stick. A brief pop-up box will appear, showing that it is copying the file, and once it's finished your video will be saved to the memory stick.