How to download video from YouTube

Ever wanted to use a video from YouTube? This article will teach you how to download video from YouTube and convert it into file formats you can use on your phone or portable media player. You don't need to download ANY software

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  1. Go to YouTube and get find the movie you want

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  1. Right click on a blank bit of the screen

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  1. Click view page source

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  1. Type Ctrl+F

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  1. Search for player2.swf
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  1. You should get something that looks like this ->

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  1. Select all the text after video_id= and before the speech mark, this text has been highlighted in the image

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  1. Go to www.youtube.com/get_video?video_id=

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  1. Paste the text after video_id=

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  1. Click enter

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  1. Save the file to your desktop (you may need to click file in the top left of the page then click save page as)

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  1. Go to http://media-convert.com

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  1. Click the "browse" button next to the white box

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  1. Select the file you just got from youtube (usually called get_video)

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  1. On the drop down box to the right scroll to the bottom and select "flash video .flv"
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  1. Scroll down the page until you see

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  1. If you are putting this on your phone go to step 18, if you just want to watch it on your PC go to step 21

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  1. Does your phone or mobile device play .3gp movies? If yes go to step 19, if no go to step 20 (if you don't know assume that it can play .3gp movies)

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  1. It should say .3gp in the drop down box, if it doesn't select .3gp from the drop down menu, go to step 22

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  1. Select .mp4 from the drop down menu (there are many types of mp4 in the menu, if you have a PSP select PSP .mp4, if you have a Ipod video select Ipod video .mp4, if it is another type of movie player like a phone select mpeg-4 .mp4) Go to step 22

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  1. Select Motion Picture Experts Group .mpg from the dropdown menu, go to step 22

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  1. Click I accept the terms

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  1. Click Convert
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  1. Wait until you see this screen (it may take a long time if the movie is long)

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  1. Click download and save it to your desktop

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  1. Put it on your phone, Ipod, PSP or watch it on your computer

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  1. This is a very complicated process; if it doesn't work then it probably will never work.