5 ways to save online video

Saving online video for use in lessons and presentations is a common how-to topic for us, both on this blog and at conferences. In this inaugural Friday Five, we’ll point you to five ways you can accomplish this.

  1. Direct from YouTube: YouTube provides some content–primarily provided by academic institutions such as Stanford–directly for download from their site. Here’s a short tutorial on how to locate and save such video on YouTube.
  2. Windows software: There are quite a few programs for Windows computers for saving video. A recent one I’ve read about is Hulu Video Downloader, which saves not only from Hulu but other video sharing sites like YouTube as well. A free version is available in addition to a for-pay one.
  3. Macintosh software: Sadly, super-useful TubeTV no longer appears to work with YouTube-hosted videos, but you may have luck using it on other video sites. Here’s out tutorial for using TubeTV. There’s an alternative to TubeTV called Flash Video Downloader, but its interface is kind of confusing.
  4. Web-based video tools: KickYouTube is the easiest web-based tool I know of for grabbing and saving video from YouTube. No software is required, but Amber’s tutorial on using KickYouTube is a helpful starting point.
  5. Firefox video tools: If your web browser of choice is Firefox, there are a few plugins for saving video. Of note are Web Video Downloader, which also saves some online games for local use; and Video DownloadHelper.

Update: The good folks at Mashable, who always do a great job of creating comprehensive lists of resources like these, posted a huge list of video download tools just yesterday. Barb Dybwad, the author, also reminds us to be wary that such tools, with the exception of the “direct from YouTube” option I listed, are in violation of YouTube’s terms of service (and those of most other video hosting sites, I would imagine)–so buyer beware.

What’s your favorite tool for saving online video? Share your thoughts in the comments below.

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Aaron Sumner

Aaron Sumner is the Director of Technology for Research and Development at the University of Kansas Center for Research on Learning. He has worked in web development and instructional technology since 1994.