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Saving YouTube Videos to Your Desktop


Saving YouTube Videos to Your Desktop
Saving YouTube videos to your desktop can be done via YouTube (if the videos are your own) or via a third-party site (if the videos aren't yours). And remember, download others' videos at your own risk - you could be violating copyright law!
Difficulty: Easy
Time Required: 10 minutes

Here's How:

  1. To download one of your own videos from YouTube, visit your video page, which lists all videos that you've uploaded to YouTube.
  2. Next to each video are buttons that read "Edit" and "Insight" as well as an arrow to reveal more options. Click on that arrow and select "Download MP4." Your download will begin automatically.
  3. If you're saving a YouTube video that's not your own, start by visiting that video's page on YouTube. Copy the video URL.
  4. Open the web site KeepVid.com. Paste the video URL in the box at the top of KeepVid, and click "Download." The first time you use KeepVid, you may need to download Java and/or allow the site to access your computer.
  5. Select the file size you'd like to download. KeepVid offers low- and medium-quality FLV downloads, or high-quality MP4 files.


  1. Be careful when downloading YouTube videos that belong to someone else! YouTube doesn't allow direct downloads of other people's videos because they want to protect copyrights.
  2. If you download an FLV version of a YouTube video, you'll need to install a desktop FLV player to play it back on your computer.
  3. KeepVid works with sites besides YouTube. You can use it with videos from Blip.tv, Vimeo or other video sharing sites.

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