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    Default Downloading high resolution YouTube videos

    For those who want to know how to download YouTube videos in a variety of quality formats, the instructions are below.

    There are three qualities of videos YT offers: Standard, HQ and HD. Their properties are described in the table in the figure below.

    When watching a YT video, code needs to be inserted into the address bar for it to download.

    To download a HQ video, there are two possible codes to enter—use the other if one doesn’t work.

    javascript:window.location.href = 'http://youtube.com/get_video?video_id=' + swfArgs['video_id'] + "&fmt=18" + "&l=" + swfArgs['l'] + "&sk=" + swfArgs['sk'] + '&t=' + swfArgs['t'];

    OR

    javascript:window.location.href = 'http://youtube.com/get_video?video_id=' + swfArgs['video_id'] + "&fmt=18" + "&l=" + swfArgs['l'] + "&sk=" + swfArgs['sk'] + '&fmt_map' + swfArgs['fmt_map'] + '&t=' + swfArgs['t'];

    To download an HD video, enter:

    javascript:window.location.href = 'http://youtube.com/get_video?video_id=' + swfArgs['video_id'] + "&fmt=22" + "&l=" + swfArgs['l'] + "&sk=" + swfArgs['sk'] + '&t=' + swfArgs['t'];

    To automate this code insertion, a simple bookmark button can be created in Firefox (and possibly other browsers but they aren’t covered here).
    Right-click on the area below the address bar in Firefox and select New Bookmark… as shown in the figure below. Then in the dialogue that appears, enter a name, and paste the corresponding code from above. Three buttons can be made in this way for each code piece above (see figure).

    When a button is pressed when watching a YT video, it will download in the quality specified.

    Obviously, you can only download an HD video if the video was uploaded at that quality, i.e. if there is a “watch in HD” link at the bottom right of the video. HQ can always be downloaded.

    See here for other YT video related info.

    Xhris
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    Last edited by Xhris; 02 February 2009 at 01:37 AM.
    Loads of Xara tutorials and help videos available at the Xara Trove (my attempt at a website)
    Videos also available at my YouTube page (you can also contact me on my YouTube page)

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    Default Re: Downloading high resolution YouTube videos

    Cheers Xhris.

    Works fine in Google Chrome too.
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    Default Re: Downloading high resolution YouTube videos

    Thank you very much !

    Trying to view videos with a dial-up just doesn't work..... to have them on my own PC and then replay if/when needed is great. Broadband in our neck of the woods is still very pricey.

    Yvonne

 

 

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