How to Download and Save YouTube Videos from YouTube Only

By Angsuman Chakraborty, Gaea News Network
Tuesday, March 10, 2009

youtube_logoYes, you heard it right. Today I will tell you a trick by which you can save a youtube video from youtube only. No other software, no other website for your help. Its a very easy process but a minute one in detail. So, without further ado, let me tell you how.

  1. Type in about:cache in your address bar and press enter.
  2. You will see Disk cache device as an option. The cache directory will be listed there. Copy it. It will be something like this:
    C:\Documents and Settings\soumya\Local Settings\Application Data\Mozilla\Firefox\Profiles\soumya.default\Cache
    [Note: soumya will be replaced by your acc. name as is obvious]
  3. Now go to Start -  Run , type explorer and hit enter. You will get the windows explorer.
  4. Paste the copied address in the Windows explorer address bar and hit enter. You will see hundreds of unrecognized files of different sizes.
  5. Go to View ->Arrange Icons By ->Modified so the most recent file is listed at the bottom of the file list or at the top depending upon your settings.
  6. Minimize the window as it is.
  7. Now go back to Firefox and open Find the video you want to see and start watching it. You will see a fading red line is progressing quicker than the original track progress. That is storing the video you want to see, locally. Now when it has reached the completion (And I assume, the video bar has quite a few seconds left to finish) unminimize the Windows folder and click on refresh or press F5.
  8. You will see some newly added files as you refresh. One out of them will have a large enough size beside its name which makes us believe that its the video file of what you saw just now. The size, inaccurately will be around the range of 40-50 times bigger than the other newly modified files.
  9. Right-click the file and select Rename. Rename the file whatever you want and add the extension .FLV at the end.

Now play it using any flv player and if everything is okay, you have your video being played without any external support and you did it all by yourself. Congrats.

Feel free to add your comment. And if you are wondering, yes it works for other online video showing services also. Enjoy.



July 25, 2010: 11:16 pm

Thanks bro better way to save the videos!!!!

March 31, 2010: 6:55 pm

I use the “Save video plugin for Internet Explorer” to download videos from the internet. It even works with the new sites, shows the properties of video before downloading (duration, size, etc.). It has a in-built FLV player with playlist support, video rotation and many other useful features…

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October 13, 2009: 5:02 am

Now downloading youtube videos are so easy.

August 3, 2009: 2:02 pm

Hi thanks for awesome idea. This also can be done by using the real player 11.

May 22, 2009: 4:08 pm

no need any third party softwares to save or download youtube or metacafe or Google videos just try this new method.

April 16, 2009: 9:45 pm

Or the easy way?

get url of video, and change it from; etc etc

to etc etc


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