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Saving Youtube Videos To Use at School

17 January 2008 2 Comments

So you’ve found that gem of a video on Youtube. It perfectly aligns to your curriculum, and you are all set to show it to your class. You arrive at school ready to direct your projector mounted laptop to Youtube and play the video only to find that it is blocked. Wouldn’t it be nice to have that video resting safely on your computer’s harddrive so that you wouldn’t have to waste time searching for it or deal with internet blocks?  There is an answer…

Many schools have YouTube blocked these days, and it is probably a smart choice. There is a dark side to that website, no doubt. So how can you save that video? Keepvid offers a good solution. Download the video, and play it from your hard drive.

Here is how you do it. Navigate to keepvid.com There you will find a text box for pasting the video link. To download the video, simply paste the link into the text area, select Youtube in the drop-down box, and select “download”. The site will provide you with a download link. After downloading the file, you will need to rename it since it only gives it a generic name.

You probably can’t play the video just yet since most software won’t play the .flv format. To play the video, you will need an .flv player. Luckily, they have one linked right there. Click the “Play” icon to be directed to the website for the Applian FLV player. Download the player, and you should be all set to go.

Other suggestions? Leave them in the comments.


  • Cindy said:

    I’m so happy you found this info. about the YouTube! I was doing a presentation for our faculty a couple weeks ago and had the perfect video from there to show and could not get it to work. Very frustrating! Now I can play it for the next meeting 🙂 Thanks

  • Daniel Burk said:

    I use Zamzar http://www.zamzar.com/. It does more than videos you can convert anything into another format, Pictures, Sound (Music), Documents and so forth.

    If your using Zamzar for youtube videos you need to take the url out of the embed tag.