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August 24, 2007

HOWTO: Download FLV videos from YouTube manually

Filed under: Blog — krkhan @ 8:37 pm

I’m well aware of the fact that this thing has been posted on various blogs countless times already; but if you haven’t noticed, YouTube has changed its page structure so that only a text-search of player2.swf?video_id= in the source code won’t yield the prolonged video_id. Instead, you now have to search for /watch_fullscreen?video_id= to locate the holy grail.

For those who’re new to this method, here’s what you have to do:

  • Open the YouTube video link for which you want to download the FLV.
  • Right-click anywhere on the page and click on ‘View (Page) Source’.
  • Press CTRL+F and search for the string: /watch_fullscreen?video_id=
  • Copy everything after the question mark until the end of quotes, as shown in the image below:

    YouTube video_id
    (Click to enlarge)

  • Type this in your address bar: http://www.youtube.com/get_video?[video_id you've just copied]
  • Hit Enter/Return, you’ll be offered a downloaded named get_video which is actually your desired FLV file. Save it somewhere locally and change its extension to .flv.

Here’s a list of players that you can use to play your downloaded FLV:

Bona fide :-) !

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