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How To Download YouTube Videos in MP4 Format With A Simple Click

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youtubevidYouTube is an amazing place to find cool videos and once in a while, you find a video you would like to download. By adding a simple javascript bookmark to your browser, you can download YouTube videos with just a simple click which is in MP4 format as compared to FLV format which is of a higher quality.

Copy the following code and add it as a bookmark in your favorite browser and click it to download the video on any YouTube video page. Thanks to Google System for such a wonderful script!! Comment and let me know if it’s working for you!! :D


javascript:if(document.location.href.match(/http:\/\/[a-zA-Z\.]
*youtube\.com\/watch/)){document.location.href='http://www.youtube.com/get_video?fmt='+
(isHDAvailable?'22':'18')+'&video_id='+swfArgs['video_id']+'&t='+swfArgs['t']}

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Written by strawberry000

January 11, 2009 at 7:47 am

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  1. Hi Straw – cool – will have to try this out. I’ve been using the Firefox Add-on DownloadHelper, but it saves FLV files.

    If you don’t know how to add this as a bookmark, what I did was bookmark this page, open Organize Bookmarks, select the new bookmark, replace the URL with the above code, and edit the description slightly.

    For FLV files, I used to use Riva player – it comes with a tool for converting FLVs. More recently, I’ve been using KMPLayer as its customizable, does a ton of stuff and supports Real, Quicktime, and other stuff without needing those obnoxious players installed.

    Davidya

    January 11, 2009 at 10:41 pm

  2. hmm – that didn’t work. ‘invalid URL’ message.
    I went to the Google System link and added the bookmark the way they suggested and that didn’t work either – but it went to a new page.

    I tried adding the “&fmt=18″ at the end – it reloaded but no MP format available – hmmm – it may not be there for that file.

    Ah – I tried it with something new and widescreen. The bookmark worked (it pops up a Save box) and DownloadHelper also offers the MP4, only without a name. (just video.mp4) Be sure to rename it afterward.

    So the MP4 has to be present for this to work – thanks for the tip.

    Davidya

    January 11, 2009 at 10:55 pm

  3. You’re added to my blogroll!

    Davidya

    January 11, 2009 at 11:01 pm

  4. oh – you may want to add an Archives section on the right so we can browse older posts. I used the widget so it was just a pulldown, taking little space.

    Talked about it here:
    http://fornow.wordpress.com/2008/05/01/sidebar-wonders/

    Davidya

    January 11, 2009 at 11:04 pm

  5. [...] over on AllThatsNew, has a post on how to download those MP4 files instead. Google System explores it in more detail, offering an easy way to get the Bookmark plus [...]

  6. Thanks again! I explored this a bit and discovered the Firefox Add-on DownloadHelper does offer MP4 files if they’re available. I’ve ignored them as they were always “video.mp4″ instead of the named FLV’s.

    This code is another way and I know will be helpful for many with MP4 players.

    Davidya

    January 12, 2009 at 4:25 am

  7. hi this is very very useful….i would be extremely happy if you (or anybody) else, could post a bookmark that could do this for mp3s… so that i can download songs from youtube as well.. thankyou VERY much in advance. =)

    Jens

    April 13, 2009 at 12:44 pm

  8. great idea, works great, very simple. thnx alot

    neo20

    May 26, 2009 at 9:23 pm

  9. YOUTUBE XL is any such script available for youtube/xl?

    j2015

    October 2, 2009 at 9:15 pm

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    anitha1234

    October 22, 2010 at 9:10 am

  11. Thanks for sharing.
    It is also recommended to visit http://www.wantyoutube.com/
    It’s totally free and easy to use.
    Or you can just add “want” in youtube URL to get videos!

    Denis

    August 15, 2011 at 6:49 pm


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