YouTube is certainly a heaven for video lovers. You can easily discover videos and music in different genres on this amazing platform, including the trending music videos, latest movie trailers, funny videos, pet videos, gaming moments, etc. YouTubers can also freely share their created videos for interacting with other users from around the world on YouTube, for making new friends with the same hobbies and interests.
YouTube has set terms of service and stated that downloading YouTube videos through third-party tool without permission from the authors is against their policies. This can rise copyright infringement and brings illegal cases. Nevertheless, if you are granted permission before downloading the YouTube videos, or you make sure that the content is completely copyright-free, this behavior (to download YouTube videos for offline playback) is legal. Basing on this, how can we download YouTube videos in HD easily? That’s what we are going to share today. Two ways (both free and paid) are allowed everyone to easily download the YouTube videos you like without hassle!
VLC – Free Download YouTube Video with A Hidden Feature
VLC, whose full name is VLC Media Player, has been a popular media player which can manage to stream media content in many different formats. Every video/audio you throw into it, VLC will handle the playback function well and present the best streaming experience to you. More than its basic and general media playback feature, there are actually more hidden functions it can bring to all of us, including the one to download YouTube videos. So with VLC, you won’t need any other apps or extensions to download YouTube videos you need. Let’s see how we can do this directly using VLC.
STEP 1. First, go to your web browser and visit YouTube platform for discovering the YouTube video you prefer to download. As you access it, you need to copy the URL of the video from the address bar of its video page.
STEP 2. Then launch VLC and move to its main feed. On the menu toolbar, you should go to Media > Open Network Sysem….
STEP 3. Under Network tab, please directly paste the URL of the YouTube video to the downloading box, and then click on the Play button. As you clicking the icon, the video will then be played inside VLC.
STEP 4. Now please go to Tools and click on the Codec Information option. When the Location window pops up, you need to right-click the text and choose Copy option for copying the whole content.
STEP 5. Carry the copied content and go to your web browser again. Now directly insert the link into the address bar and press Enter for going to it. When it leads you to the original source file on YouTube’s servers directly, you can right-click the video and select Save Video As for downloading it to your computer.