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How To Download YouTube Videos using VLC Media Player

How To Download YouTube Videos using VLC Media Player

Like already said in my previous article, Playing YouTube videos directly in VLC Media Player has many benefits like You can avoid annoying advertisements ( skip any ads that might play before videos without needing to use a browser extension ), change the playback speed of videos, watch the video in a smaller window while still doing other things on your computer and capture snapshots from the video easily through VLC’s interface.

VLC Media player is not only a great tool for saving online audio streams, but its features allow us to even download online videos. Online videos that normally play in browsers can be played with VLC Media Player. Additionally, those playable online videos can also be saved to your personal computer. Not many are aware of this feature.

How To Download YouTube Videos using VLC Media Player?

The process of downloading online video from video hosting sites is quite similar to the process of downloading streaming audio.

There are two methods that you can follow for this. They are explained below in detail.

Method 1:

Open VLC media player then go to Media from the top menu and then select Open Network Stream or simply press “CTRL + N“.

Now paste the link of YouTube video in Network URL field.

After that click on the little arrow right next to the Play button to open a drop down menu then select the “Stream” option or simply pres “ALT + S” keys.

The Source information will be displayed. Just click on next.

In the Destination Setup step, make sure that the new destination is selected as File. To do that just click on Add.

In the Save file dialog box, click on Browse and navigate to where you want to save the video.

Then give your video a name. In this example we will save it as an MP4 file, so the video name for this file is: TheHackerSolutions.mp4.

After that just click on next to go to the next step.

Make sure that the Activate Transcoding option is checked.

In that option select “Video – H.264 + MP3 (MP4)”. This ensures that your saved video will be a H.264 video with MP3 audio enclosed in an MP4 container.

After that just click on Next.

In the next option, just click on Stream.

Now your downloading will start within moments.

The seconds (timer) of VLC will begin to increase and the video position in the progress bar will also begin to move.

You will know that your video has been downloaded once the Video progress bar moves to the end.
After everything is completed, you will find the full downloaded video in the location that you chose before.

Method 2:

Open VLC media player then go to Media from the top menu and then select Open Network Stream or simply press “CTRL + N“.

Now paste the link of YouTube video in Network URL field then click on the “Play” button.

Once the video begins playing, Go to Tools from the top menu and then select Codec Information or simply press “CTRL + J” keys.

Now select the full URL from “Location” and copy it. [Right Click > Select All (CTRL + A)] and [Right Click > Copy (CTRL+C)]

You just got the direct link to the video. It is usually long.

Now open your browser and paste the URL in the address bar and after that from the menu of your browser, select “Save page as” or just press CTRL + S.

Note: If you are using Internet download manager or any download manager then after entering the URL in the web browser, Your Download manager will popup asking to download the video in your Computer.

Now give a file name and choose a file location then save it.

You can also use the URL and download it using your download manager.

Remember that most videos are subject to copyright. Download only videos which come with free license.

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