How to Save Youtube Videos to DVD

By Theodora Pennypacker

If you or your employees publish video content for your small business on YouTube, chances are you'll want to have that content available at business meetings. And often, if you're presenting material at conferences without Internet connection or from computers without the necessary plug-ins, it helps to have that video material also available on a DVD. Once you've obtained an Internet browser plug-in to copy your online media to your hard drive, you can easily download the video from YouTube and to format it onto disc with a DVD authoring utility.

Step 1

Download and install a video download plug-in that is compatible with your Internet browser. Options include Free Video Downloader for Internet Explorer, Video DownloadHelper for Firefox and YouTube Downloader for Firefox, Chrome or Opera (see links in Resources).

Step 2

Launch your Internet browser once the plug-in has been safely installed and visit the Web page for the YouTube video. Wait for the content to load and start playing.

Step 3

Click the icon for the video download plug-in on the Internet browser window. Follow the on-screen instructions to copy the media to your hard drive.

Step 4

Download and install a DVD authoring utility. A few options include Freemake Video Converter, DVDVideoSoft Free Studio and DVD Flick (see links in Resources).

Step 5

Insert a blank DVD-R into your computer’s DVD-ROM drive.

Step 6

Launch the DVD authoring utility. Select the “Add” command and browse for the downloaded YouTube video in the file selection window. Select the item and click “Open” to import the media into the program.

Step 7

Select the “Create DVD” command and follow the on-screen instructions to publish the YouTube video. Each suggested program shows a confirmation message when the media is formatted onto the disc.

Step 8

Remove the formatted disc from your computer’s DVD-ROM drive. Load it into a DVD player and screen the content to make sure that it's been safely uploaded. Save the DVD in a dust-free case and store it for easy access.

Tips & Warnings

  • Any YouTube video that is uploaded with a Creative Commons license displays a “Download” button beneath its player controls. As a result, you do not need to make use of an Internet browser plug-in if you want to copy one of these videos. Although YouTube does not enable this function on a majority of clips, Creative Commons licensing means that the content creator has granted permission for visitors to re-use the content, enabling visitors also to download it. These can often be useful when ancillary media from related sources assists your own presentation.
  • Before you download a YouTube video, you need to make sure that process is not a violation of the Fair Use doctrine. Unless you have permission from the copyright holder, it is illegal to monetize or re-distribute any content which you do not own. Nonetheless, you can lawfully copy YouTube videos if you share them privately with a closed group of associates.