How To Rip YouTube Videos Using VLC Player.
You won't believe how easy it is.
If you want to rip a YouTube video to your computer, you have lots of online options. Too many in fact to know which ones are better and more trustworthy than the others.
We have previously shown you a few sites which help you download videos and playlists, but that involves using other peoples servers, checking the page source, hunting for obscure download links, and dealing with endless NSFW pop-ups on other peoples domains.
Why bother with all that when you can quickly and effortlessly rip a YouTube video using a software app most people already have installed on their computer? I refer of course to VLC Player.
This example has been done on a MacOS laptop but the Windows method is very similar.
How To Rip a YouTube Video Using VLC Player.
Go to the YouTube page of the video you want to rip and copy the URL of the video.
If you haven’t already installed VLC Player, grab it from the website and install it. It’s free. When it’s installed, open it up and choose File – Open Network . On Windows, it’s Media – Open Network Stream .
In the box that pops up, paste the YouTube URL of the video you want to rip.
The YouTube video will now proceed to stream inside VLC.
If you are on a Mac, now click Window – Media Information . If on Windows, go to Tools – Codec Information .
At the very bottom of the screen is a very long link in the Location field. Highlight the entire link, right-click and select Copy .
Go to a browser and in the URL address bar, paste that long link from the Location field in VLC. The YouTube video should now start playing automatically in the browser. Right-click on the video and choose Save Video As .
By default, the youtube download with vlc video will be saved as videoplayback (without a format). So give your file a name and try first with an mp4 format. If that doesn’t work, then try avi .
Your file will now be downloaded to your computer in the quality youtube download with vlc that the original uploader provided it in. So picture and audio quality will vary.
Given how easy ripping a YouTube video was, who needs online converters and hunting through website page sources? I sure don’t.
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How to Download Video with VLC (YouTube Included)
It is likely that you have heard and used VLC media player for playing streaming videos. But it is more likely that you are fooled by its name вЂ” VLC media player is by no means a one-trick pony. Instead, it is a feature-packed powerful tool which is not only capable of youtube download with vlc playing streaming videos but also able to download videos from all the popular websites, like YouTube .
Today, you are going to learn about how to download video with VLC on Mac/Windows and solve a series of problems involved when using it all in one passage.
VLC's Hidden Feature вЂ” Download Video from Internet.
In fact, there are two methods to download videos with VLC. Here I will introduce the easier one. Please follow the steps below with VLC downloading a YouTube video as an example.
Step 1. Fire up VLC.
After installing VLC media player to your Windows or Mac, fire it up.
Step 2. Copy the Video URL from YouTube.
Go for the video on YouTube and copy the link from the browserвЂ™s address bar above the page.
Step 3. Paste the Video URL into VLC and Start Playing.
Click on "Media" > "Open Network Stream" in VLC main interface.
Then under youtube download with vlc the Network tab on the pop-up window, you should then enter the YouTube video URL that you have copied from YouTube. Press the "Play" button to start playing the video.
Click on "File" > "Open Network", enter the YouTube video URL and click "Open".
Step 4. Get and Copy Codec Information of the YouTube Video.
Hit "Tools" > "Codec Information" to copy the full URL besides the "Location" title. This is the direct URL of the YouTube video.
Select the YouTube video in VLC, hit "Window" > "Media Information". You are looking for the "Location" input box.
Step 5. Enter the URL into Address Bar and Download the YouTube Video.
Open a web browser page and paste the copied Location URL into the address bar before hitting "Enter" on your keyboard. More clicks of "Save" button might be needed after that, which depends on the video link and the setting of your browser.
Problems Tackled in YouTube Downloading Using VLC.
Now, have you learned about how to download YouTube videos using VLC yet? Don't worry if you encounter some problems when in practice. The first thing you need to do is to repeat the above steps more carefully in order to rule out the possibility of not following the right procedures. If that problem does continue to exist, you might need to read the second part of the passage. We have listed some common problems involved in saving video from websites with VLC and given out our solutions.
"Sadly this didn't work for me. It downloaded the video but instead of getting a playable video I get a file called "file" in my download folder."
Solution A: Put an extension to the file name when it gives you "Enter file name", like ".mp4" or ".avi".
Solution B: Use a video converter to convert the file into ".mp4".
"I could download some YouTube videos with VLC while others didn't work."
Solution: Check if the video is tagged "Age-restricted video (based on Community Guidelines)". If that is the case, the video will NOT download using the established method due to YouTube policies. There is no way of getting rid of it. So try VLC alternatives.
An Alternative to VLC for Downloading Web Video Including YouTube.
The built-in download feature of VLC cannot go without drawbacks since it is not an expert in video download. Indeed, some videos are highly protected by their website program and prevented from youtube download with vlc grabbing by VLC. To solve such a problem, I suggest you to try some online tools to download videos from popular websites for offline viewing.
VideoSolo Online Video Downloader is one of the best free online downloaders on the internet for grabbing YouTube videos. Aside from YouTube, it claims to support Facebook, Instagram, Dailymotion, Vimeo, SoundCloud, etc. in almost all browsers and all operating systems including Mac/Windows/Android/iOS. With a clean and intuitive interface, VideoSolo Online Video Downloader is very easy to use within just several clicks.
In addition, VideoSolo now released a video downloader for Mac users which can also download Pornhub videos easily. But the Windows version is in the development.
You can take a try with it from the button below.
Follow the 3 steps to grab videos from the Internet easily with VideoSolo Online Video Downloader.
Step 1. Go to the page containing your loved video and copy the video link from the address bar above.
Step 2. Head to the VideoSolo Online Video Downloader homepage and paste the video link into the search box. Press the "Download" button to the right of the box to interpret the video.
Step 3. After deciding on the output format and quality, hit the corresponding "Download" button to the right hand. Then the browser immediately pops up a download dialog; if not, click the menu button > "Download"