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How To Save ANY YouTube Video Without a “Free Website”

By January 22, 2019 No Comments

Downloading YouTube videos can be very inconsistent and tiresome. That “free website” no longer works, or it compresses one’s videos terribly. Here is a sure-fire way to download ANY YouTube video.

Disclaimer: According to Google’s Terms of Service for YouTube, “You shall not download any Content unless you see a ‘download’ or similar link displayed by YouTube on the Service for that Content.” If you absolutely must download a video, make sure it’s strictly for your own personal use — or you risk violating MANY privacy and copyright laws.

  1. Download VLC or another media player that allows Network URL viewing

  2. Open VLC and click Media -> Open Network Stream

  3. Paste the YouTube URL you want to extract. Then, play it.

  4. Go to Tools -> Media Information and highlight the LOCATION at the bottom of the pop-up window.

  5. Paste that URL into a browser and right-click “save video as”

  6. Name the file and desired location

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