How to copy YouTube video clips
(Updated on November 17, 2016):
It is indeed very simple to download a YouTube clip to your computer for later offline viewing. Open the clip, copy its address (url) then open this site and paste the url in the "Convert a video link/url" box. Choose the format you want (.mp4 or .avi, for example) and it will convert it immediately for you. When it's done it will ask you where you want to have it copied to. That's all there is to it and you can listen to the clip at leisure indefinitely - and offline!
There are a few programs that make it possible for you to copy the video clips that you like from YouTube into your hard disk but these are two of the simplest:
1. If you only do it occasionally follow the steps below:
First click on the video clip that you want to copy.
Next go to the url at the top of the screen and put your cursor BETWEEN http://www. AND youtube.com and type the word kiss.
The url will now look like this:
Hit your Enter key now and you will be taken to the http://www.kissyoutube.com website.
You will see the video clip that you want. Go down to the bottom of the page and click on Download now and choose a directory in your hard disk.
Remember that you will have to save the file with the extension .flv or it will not play. Unfortunately neither Windows Media Player nor Real Player will be able to open a file with the .flv extension. (Go here to download VLC Media Player so you can play this file later.)
2. If you have many YouTube or Daily Motion files to copy:
Install aTubeCatcher from here. It's completely free. But if you don't want it to automatically change your settings I'd suggest that you choose "Custom installation" instead of "Typical installation". You can then untick "Install the aTube toolbar and make Ask.com my default search provider" as well as "Set my home page to Ask.com" (these are two examples of how your internet settings can be changed without your knowledge if you let it install automatically). Once it is installed, each time you want to copy a YouTube clip that you like you only have to copy its url and paste it on the aTubeCatcher box. (To avoid problems in opening the copied file, you might want to choose the .avi extension from the number of extensions provided).
3. If you just want to copy a song or a speech from YouTube:
But what if you just want to copy a song from a YouTube video clip so you can play it in your mp3 player? You have at least two choices:
(i) Copy the url of the YouTube video clip that you want convert to .mp3 then go to the online video converter website here.
In fact if you click on the above link a page entitled "Extract a sound from a video" opens that says "Paste your url here". So just paste what you have copied there and then click on "Download" followed by "Convert". When it has finished the conversion, click on "Get" and then save it to where you want it to be.
(ii) Or you can install a software (it's completely free) that specializes in this and will save YouTube videos on your computer as .mp3 or .wav files. Again you need only to copy and paste the url. The program is called "Youtube To MP3". You can download it from here.