Wednesday, July 20, 2011

Tech Tip: Viewing YouTube Videos with no Internet Connection


YouTube and other online video sites store a wealth of great resources. To play one of their videos you just open a web browser, visit the video site and search for the video or types of videos you would like to watch. Sometimes there is a video you would like to access but there is no access to the internet or the access to YouTube or other video websites is blocked. Fortunately, there is a way to download YouTube videos to your computer where you can view them when you don't have access to an internet connection.
YouTube does not offer the option to download videos directly from their site but there are several other programs and tools available that do just that. For this example we are using a website called www.keepvid.com. First you locate the video you would like to download from YouTube. Next select and copy the website address or URL from your browser address bar. Now visit the website www.keepvid.com and paste the web address into the text box marked URL. Finally click on the Download button.
Keepvid runs a Java applet to convert the video into a form you can download.  You will be asked to allow the applet to run the first time you use the site.  After the conversion is complete you are given several different quality options from low to high that you can download and play on your computer. Since the video is now loaded on your computer you no longer need the internet to play it!

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