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19 January, 2009

YouTube offers video clip download, in H.264

A really great news from YouTube, according to Professor Lawrence Lessig' blog entry, YouTube is starting to offer direct downloadable video clips.


There are plenty of third party methods available for downloading YouTube clips, it is good to see that YouTube is offering this service officially.

From President-Elect Obama's Weekly Address YouTube video, simply click the "Click to download" link, and you will get the video saved to your computer.

For some unknown reason, a certain open-source extremist would of course be more interested in figuring out the META data of the video clips/photos, rather than watching the main content of it. I decided to do him a favour:

YouTube video is in H.264

H.264The file format is our beloved H.264, an industry standard video codec which delivers stunning quality at remarkably low data rate. (Sadly this beautiful video codec is hated by some open-source extremists (and/or Apple bashers) solely due to the association with Apple Inc.)

This is a very welcome development, and nice to see it coming direct from YouTube (for some videos). Without a doubt, there will be some video clips won't get the "click to download" option.

source: Really great news from YouTube (Lessig Blog, January 16, 2009)
link: QuickTime codec comparison (MacCentre701)

Posted by Antony on 19 January 2009 8:33 AM |

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I use H.264 at times. Plus, you could just use Any Video Converter to download YouTube videos (I did it once, plus I've used the app numerous times and it worked.
Posted by Dave on 19 January 2009 9:15 AM.
Definitely a welcome change. Google Video's had this for awhile, even though Google Video and YouTube are both run by Google.
Well, for those videos they don't offer straight download links for, it's almost always possible to download the (yes, much lower-quality) FLV format using one of the third-party things.
Also, since when am I more concerned with file metadata than file content?
Posted by Don_HH2K on 19 January 2009 1:01 PM.
Well, I remember that a long time back, I once sent you a clip or a photo, the first response I received was the file format (or encoding thing) from you.
Posted by Antony Shen on 19 January 2009 1:08 PM.
Posted by gaurav on 25 January 2009 3:35 AM.
Posted by gaurav on 25 January 2009 3:39 AM. best site to download youtube videeos
Posted by aivar on 5 June 2009 1:16 AM.
Another option to download youtube video. it's easy and no installation needed.
Posted by getvideo on 11 June 2009 7:26 PM.
it is cool service.
Posted by Achi khan on 1 September 2009 4:12 AM. more convenient service to use with ability to place bookmark on your toolbar.
Posted by youtube2mp4 on 18 October 2009 6:51 PM.
Here ( you can download youtube videos without installing any software or plugins.
Really cool and working as 10/28/2010.
Posted by Andrey on 28 October 2010 8:07 PM.
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