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How do I download YouTube videos with FireFox?

If you thought downloading YouTube videos in Safari was easy just wait until you try this cool new add-on for FireFox that allows you to download .flv files in the much more flexible .mp4 format.

  1. Go to Video DownloadHelper and select the appropriate version. After it downloads, restart your FireFox browser. You should see a  strange, black-and-white, molecule-like icon next to the address bar.
  2. Now, simply open the YouTube page of the video you wish to download and, suddenly, the icon will become animated.  Click on the small triangle next to the icon to open a tab of options.
  3. Select which file format you would like and click download. Select the destination folder and the the video will automatically convert to the desired format upon saving. You can open it using most major media players.

Good luck and stay legal!

How do I download videos from YouTube using Safari?

Downloading a movie from YouTube is easier than operating a microwave.  You don’t even need a YouTube account!  With just a internet browser (Safari in this case) and a few clicks you can watch your favorite, legal clips from your hard drive.

However, before you start downloading, please review U.S. fair use laws to make sure that you do not break the law.

Now let’s get started!

Step 1: After opening Safari, go to the window tab and select activity.

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This should bring up an activity box with a list of every task that the browser has loaded.

Step 2: Go to YouTube and open the page for the video you wish to download.  As it is loading, browse the activity box for the specific video task.  It will most likely be the largest file.

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Now simply double-click on the file and it will automatically download to your desktop in a flash video format (.flv).

Step 3: To view the clip, you can either download a player that will read .flv files (VLC Player is a good choice) or you can convert the file into more flexible format using Handbrake.

Good luck and remember to stay legal!

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