[clug-talk] Downloading YouTube video?

Mark Carlson carlsonmark at gmail.com
Fri Mar 9 13:14:09 PST 2012


I usually use the default format (highest?), unless the file size is
way too large.

Here is a comparison of the format options:
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Youtube#Quality_and_codecs

Most videos I've downloaded only have one or two formats available, so
I have not looked into it too much.

-Mark C.

On Thu, Mar 8, 2012 at 11:53 PM, Joe S <JoeS100 at shaw.ca> wrote:
> Thanks for the program. I was able to download the link you gave.
> I am not familiar with video formats. Which formats are good to
> save to from YouTube that I can save as?
>
> On Thursday 08 March 2012 11:02:54 am Mark Carlson wrote:
>> For youtube, I use youtube-dl, which you can get from the
>> package manager on Ubuntu (or just download the script.) This
>> way, I can download the videos directly on my file server at
>> home, instead of having to use Firefox to download the file
>> and then manually copy it over.
>>
>> On the command line:
>>
>> youtube-dl -t http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=m8ejt5vXTek
>>
>> or just:
>>
>> youtube-dl -t m8ejt5vXTek
>>
>>
>> You can use this script to download single videos or entire
>> youtube playlists. I use the -t option so the video title is
>> in the filename. Normally, I also use --no-mtime so that when
>> I sort the videos by modification date, they are in the order
>> that I downloaded them, instead of the order they were
>> uploaded to Youtube.
>>
>> -Mark C.



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