You don’t always need a third-party application to download video or audio files from youtube. Just before we start, be sure you install VLC Media Player on your Windows or Mac computer before continuing if you haven’t already done so.
#1 Go to the video you want to download. In a web browser, go to https://www.youtube.com/ and locate the YouTube video you want to download. You can start playing the video to ensure it’s the correct video.Use the search bar at the top to search for the video if you are having trouble locating the video.
#2 Copy the video’s URL. Click and drag across the address of the video at the top of your browser address bar to highlight it, then press Ctrl + C on windows or Command + C on a Mac. This copies the video URL.
#3 Open VLC. It’s the app with the icon of an orange traffic cone. If you don’t have it already, you can download VLC for free at https://www.videolan.org. VLC is an open-source video player with a lot of beneficial features for playing all kinds of files.
#4 Open a new Network Stream. On Windows: Click Media, then Click Open Network Stream. On Mac: Click File then Click Open Network
#5 Paste the YouTube video’s URL into the field. Make sure the entire URL got copied.
#6 Click Play Windows or Open Mac. This will open the YouTube video in VLC.
#7 View the Codec Information.
- On Windows: Click Tools then Click Codec Information
- On Mac: Click Window, then Click Media Information
#8 Copy the “Location” field at the bottom. This is a really long address so make sure you select everything.
- On Windows: Right-click on the Location field and click Select All, then right-click it again and select Copy
- On Mac: Right-click on the Location field and select Open URL
#9 Open a new browser tab and paste the copied URL, then press ↵ Enter. This will load the video directly in your browser.
- You can skip this step if you’re on a Mac and you selected “Open URL” in the previous step.
#10 Right-click the video in your browser and select Save video as. This will open the Save As window.
#11 Give the video a name and select a location. By default, the video will be named “videoplayback.” You can change this to whatever you’d like and select where you want to save it.
#12 Click Save. The video will be downloaded to your computer at the highest quality and saved to the location you specified.
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