How to Download a Video Clip From the Internet

By Stephen Lilley

If you have found a link to a video file on the Internet, there are a number of ways to download that file to your computer's hard drive even if it isn't obvious. You can save any video file you'd like to your computer to watch later, even if it is a flash video that is embedded into a website like YouTube or MetaCafe. You just need to know exactly where to look to enable the option to download the file to your computer.

Step 1

Right click on the hyperlink that is associated with an online video clip. Left clicking on this hyperlink would allow you to view the video, but right clicking on it opens a drop down menu. Click "Save As." Choose a directory on your computer where you'd like your video saved and then click the "Save" button to download the video clip to your computer.

Step 2

Look for a "Download this Video" button. Certain websites allow users to freely download videos that are embedded in a website and even make this easy by providing an appropriately labeled button. Simply locate the "Download this Video" button, click on it, and choose a directory where you'd like your Web browser to save the file once the download is complete.

Step 3

Use a site like "KeepVid" (see References) or "DownloadYouTubeVideos" (see References) to save flash videos that have no hyperlink or no "Download" button. These are the types of videos found on sites like YouTube or Simply paste the URL of the video file you'd like to save into the address bar on the page you're using and click the "Download" button to download the video file to your hard drive.

Step 4

Upgrade to QuickTime Pro. Certain high definition videos require you to download Apple's QuickTime software in order to view. While the version of QuickTime that allows you to view these videos is free, the version that allows you to save these videos is not. By updating to QuickTime Pro you can download any QuickTime video file you'd like from the Internet by clicking on the arrow button in the video window on your Web browser and clicking "Save As."