How to download a youtube video and play that flv file.

January 30, 2009 | By | 5 Replies More

How can you download a youtube video and then play that flv file on your desktop?

I’ve been wondering how to do this, because I sometimes find compelling videos where I wonder whether they will be available in the future.   Here’s one answer. It’s a site by “applian technologies” (not affiliated with youtube) that advises you to insert “pwn” after “www.” and before “youtube . . . ”      It’s all free and it does give you an option to NOT download applian’s propriety browser toolbar.  The site also offers a stand-alone .flv player for youtube videos that you download.    I tried the downloader and the player and they both worked perfectly.

These might come in handy someday soon.


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Erich Vieth is an attorney focusing on consumer law litigation and appellate practice. He is also a working musician and a writer, having founded Dangerous Intersection in 2006. Erich lives in the Shaw Neighborhood of St. Louis, Missouri, where he lives half-time with his two extraordinary daughters.

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  1. Erich that is extremely useful information! Thanks for posting that.

    I'm going to steal that link and post it on my forum as if I found it myself and be a HERO to dozens!!

  2. Niklaus Pfirsig says:

    Those of us with serious technoidal tendencies that use linux can do this already and even convert to other formats.

  3. Dan Klarmann says:

    I've been using this multi-site video downloader


    this flv player

    since I realized how ephemeral some videos on YouTube or other sources can be. Unfortunately, I often don't think of making a local copy until it's too late. I still mourn having lost a delightful mashup of Peter Tork's "Alvin".

  4. Erich Vieth says:

    Dan: Thanks. Another good option for downloading video to preserve it.

  5. On the Mac side there's the donationware "TubeTV", which will play, download and convert into a format of choice.

    For Mac Safari users the shareware plugin "Cosmopod" does that from the button bar with a click.

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