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Two Easy Ways to Download YouTube Videos to Your Computer For Free

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Authored by Kumara Velu in Computer Software
Published on 01-06-2009

Watching streaming video, more often than not, tests your patience. Sometimes a particular video you’re so keen on watching takes forever to buffer and load. In the end you just get too tired of waiting and leave the site.

The next time, you don’t have to wait for ages or leave in frustration. All you have to do is download a streaming video to your hard disk and watch it as many times as you wish. Yes, you can download even YouTube videos to your computer. And the best part is you don’t have to pay a cent to do it. There are many YouTube downloader programs out there offered for free.

However, if you do not wish to install a downloader program into your computer, there are online solutions available. A recommended choice is KeepVid. KeepVid’s method is so simple that even a child can do it.

All you have to do is head to the KeepVid website and you’ll be presented with a large URL box at the top of the screen. The next step will be to copy and paste the YouTube video URL. You can find the URL on your right hand side of the YouTube video.

After pasting the URL, click on the download button. You’ll be taken to a new screen where you’ll have to choose your video option. You can choose to download your video in the low-quality FLV format or in the high-quality MP4 format. After choosing your option you right click on the link and choose Save Link As. Choose a download destination and you’re ready to go. If you have a fast Internet connection, you can download a video within minutes.

If you don’t fancy online solutions, then you can go for the software option. After YouTube became the `Grandmother of All Video Sharing Sites’, many streaming video download solutions have been created to cater to the needs of YouTube enthusiasts. Most of them are offered for free.

A notable program is the Flash Video Downloader YouTube, a freeware. With it you don’t have to copy and paste a URL to download your favorite YouTube video. Instead you can download the video with a single mouse click.

How do you do it? The program comes with a built-in web browser. You use it to browse the YouTube site. The moment you find a video that interests you, you click the download button. Your video is saved to your computer. Also, the program allows multiple downloads. You don’t have to wait for a download to finish before starting another. You can move straight on to download the next video.

Flash Video Downloader YouTube does not allow you to only download YouTube Videos, but also videos from such file sharing sites as Myspace, Google Video, Vimeo and Yahoo Videos among others.

By far this is the easiest solution to download a YouTube video without having to use your default Internet browser.

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