Use the YouTube Downloader application to download your own movies from YouTube in case you lose the original files and want to recover them. Ripping media that you did not create or upload to YouTube is against the company's Terms of Service. YouTube Downloader can save media as audio or video files and you can change the format and resolution to obtain high quality videos.
Ripping media from YouTube may break copyright laws in your country and might lead to fines or other, more severe, legal repercussions.
Downloading and Installing YouTube Downloader
Open the YouTube Downloader Web page in your Web browser and click the green Download button to navigate to the Download.com page from where you can download the installer.
Click the green Download Now button and select to save the file on your hard drive. Some Web browser may offer the option to Run the file directly.
If you can't open the file directly from the Web browser, double-click the installer to launch the setup wizard.
Click Run if Windows warns you that executable files can potentially harm your computer. Windows displays this warning for all EXE files, regardless of their origin.
The setup wizard prompts you to close all running programs. Although it is not mandatory, you are advised to do so to avoid any conflicts. Click Next to proceed to the next step.
Click Next again if you agree to the terms of service. You can't install the software without agreeing to its terms.
Click the Custom Installation (Advanced) radio button and then uncheck the Install Ad-Aware Web Companion box to prevent the wizard from installing other -- potentially unwanted -- software. Also uncheck the Set And Protect Yahoo As My Homepage... box to prevent the wizard from changing your Web browser home page, search engine and other settings. Click Next.
Software developers are sponsored by various companies -- Ad-aware and Yahoo, for example -- if they promote their services or products.
Uncheck the I Accept The Terms... box to prevent the wizard from installing the AVG PC TuneUp software. Click Next to install YouTube Downloader -- the process takes less than one minute. Click Finish to close the wizard.
You don't have to accept to install other programs to install YouTube Downloader.
Using YouTube Downloader
Open one of your videos in the Web browser, select the address of the video from the browser's Address bar and press Ctrl-C to copy it to the clipboard.
Launch the YouTube Downloader application and paste the video URL into the field near the top of the window by pressing Ctrl-V. The name and duration of the video display below the URL field if you input a valid address.
To download the YouTube media as a video file, click the small arrow next to Download MP4, select a different format -- AVI for example -- and then choose the desired resolution.
To download the YouTube media as an audio file, click the small arrow next to Download MP3 and select a different format -- you don't have the option to select a different bit rate.
The maximum resolution you can use is dependent on the YouTube video. You can't download the video in 1080p if YouTube can display it only up to 720p.
Choosing a larger resolution results in a larger file -- use 720p or 1080p for movies you want to watch on a large display or TV, and a lower resolution for mobile devices . Use AVI or MP4 videos for media players, video editing programs and mobile devices -- iPhones, iPads or Android devices -- and WebM videos for the Web.
To open the default video or audio folder where YouTube Downloader stores the files, click the My Video Files or My Audio Files button.
To change the settings of the program, click the Settings link. You can change the language, the number of simultaneous downloads and the folders where YouTube Downloader stores the files. You can also enable sound and baloon notifications.
You can share the YouTube media on Facebook or Twitter by clicking the Facebook or Twitter button.