More than 24 hours of video content are uploaded to the internet per minute. With so many videos being uploaded, there’s no doubt you’ve come across a video you want to keep. Read on to find out how you can download your favorite videos for offline viewing.
This method of downloading YouTube videos, is different, in the sense that you are just retrieving a buffered version of the video from your browsers cache. While you could always do this manually, different browsers store the cache in different places, a much easier method would be to head over to the NirSoft site and download a copy of Video Cache View (choose the zipped version), which allows you to view all the videos in your cache and supports all major browsers.
Note: The download link is quite far down the page, see screenshot below
Simply run the executable when you have finished extracting the zipped folder.
When the program loads up, don’t be put off by the number of items that show up. You will have to guess which is your video but the file size serve’s as a pointer in the right direction, if you are unsure if it is the right file you can right click on it and select file to open it with your favorite media player, or you can simply select the file and press F2.
Once you have confirmed it is the video that you would like to save, right click on it and select copy selected files to.. from the context menu alternatively you could just select the file and press F7.
Now select a path where you want to save the video, then click on the ok button.
Thats all there is to it and while there are websites that automate this for you, this service will work unlike the websites which can sometimes break, remember that the videos are still in FLV format however most of them are have H.264 encoded video streams along with AAC audio so feel free to download your favorite media player and convert them into a more supported format like MP4.
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- Published 03/23/12