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Downloading videos

by ScrapWalker / August 23, 2013 8:56 AM PDT

Hi,

I need a free tool that will enable me to download and play online videos from my desktop. Can anyone help?

Zamzar didn't accept the (perfectly conventional -- eg. mp4) formats I asked it to convert to; Freemake wouldn't install without an installation of a toolbar and/or search engine and other stuff,. which I didn't want.

I have no interest in downloading for any purposes that could infringe copyright.

With thanks in advance.

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So far, no tool is needed. YouTube for example.
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / August 23, 2013 10:05 AM PDT
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http://www.youtube.com/static?template=terms writes:

" You shall not download any Content unless you see a "download" or similar link displayed by YouTube on the Service for that Content. "

So for YouTube if there is a download button we're all good. Any downloader should work, fail, work, fail as the sites break the downloader. If your site doesn't have a download button, ask for it.
Bob
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Eh?
by ScrapWalker / August 23, 2013 10:38 AM PDT

I have never seen any Download button for Youtube. The only buttons I can see are 'Change Quality', 'Watch Later' and some screen-size settings.

And it's not only Youtube sites -- indeed I am not particularly interested in downloading from Youtube -- that I want to download form -- it's all sorts of sites that host videos.

There used to be a 'download video' option on RealPlayer, but a) it stopped working when I got one of the updates (I think it was an update to RP, not to Windows) and b) I never liked all the 'hard sell' stuff that comes with an installation of RP.

With thanks.

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Eh!
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / August 27, 2013 1:23 AM PDT
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The problem you should have discovered is that most of these work, fail and repeat that as the sites change.

You are on a CBS forum so you can bet what the forum policy here is. That is, if the video site has rules about downloading we can't discuss getting around it.
Bob

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Free video downloader
by Smoot1234 / August 24, 2013 12:23 PM PDT
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Downloaders
by ScrapWalker / August 24, 2013 11:14 PM PDT
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Thanks but can I take it that I have something like Internet Download Manager already installed, as part of Windows? If so, it doesn't show any signs of helping me download any videos. Perhaps there has to be some facility embedded in the video upload itself?

As regards the second one, it's $29; and there is no mention on the page of anything other than MP3.

With thanks.

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Youtube streaming:
by Wetny / August 26, 2013 11:07 PM PDT
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try Fast YTD
by tom072013 / September 4, 2013 5:32 AM PDT
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FYI.
by Dafydd Forum moderator / September 4, 2013 5:45 AM PDT
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It's against Youtube's regulations.

Dafydd.

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2 software which functions as you say,
by haikay / October 22, 2013 2:14 PM PDT
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2 software which functions as you say, I do not know, but you can choose to download idm and watch video by kmp

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Downloading Videos
by hafizasif9201 / October 22, 2013 6:15 PM PDT
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Few software names best for video downloading which are also freely available.
IDM (Internet Download Manager)
Orbit Downloader

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