...and it even downloaded an HD video, which was unexpected.
.. and does exactly what it's supposed to :)
Bether than Firefox extension as VideoDownloaderHelper.
A really elegant and unobtrusive way to download your favorite videos!
P.S.: I was doing this by hand
(and I am glad I found Greasemonkey and this script):
As the author of another YouTube script, I can fully appreciate how much effort went into writing a script that integrates itself seamlessly into YouTube, and how much effort goes into maintaining it through YouTube's ever changing interface.
Did I mention that the script works? Well, it does, brilliantly no less.
out of all the YouTube scripts out there, this one is best. it looks the best, doesn't use a third-party download sites--captures direct links to the files and is just plain awesome. i would have done no better if i had made a downloader script myself. no frills, no nagging or other annoyances, its straight to the point. also elegantly & cleanly coded, cross-browser. i will be using this a lot :-)
- Very easy to use
- Great implementation into youtube
- Simply great
Safari 5.1 breaks the script. Just went back to 5.0.5
This scripts works well in both Firefox 4.0.1 under Greasemonkey and Opera 11.11 - it adds a download button to YouTube video pages that gives a list of download formats.
I was looking for a download script that works in multiple browsers and this might be it, a previous script I reviewed worked well in Firefox but not at all in Opera.
I tested this in both Firefox and Opera using the 15 second short video at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CXtk06d27Jg
The script added one "Download" button just after the existing "Like", "Add to" and "Share" buttons.
Clicking the down arrow on that download button gives a list of three formats (and not the four that YouTube provides, it's missing the 240p size):
MP4 360p - vcodec avc1 frame rate 30.3 audio mp4a
FLV 480 - vcodec h264 frame rate 59.834 audio mp4a
MP4 720p (HD) - vcodec avc1 frame rate 30.3 audio mp4a
Each choice gave a video playable in VLC.
So far, this is the best and easiest to use download script and the only one working in Opera 11.11 that I have found.
The script appends either the extension ".mp4" or ".flv" to the filename, but this causes a conflict with the two MP4 formats - the destination filename is the same for both even though they are quite different. The code indicates it will also add the "webm" extension if available but I did not test this.
There are other formats not listed but obtainable using the old &fmt= syntax, for example:
fmt=5 gives a 360p video with codec FLV1 and audio mp3.
fmt=34 gives a 360p video with codec h264 and audio mp4a and frame rate 59.834.
The script code has a comment "don't add lower quality FLV versions to prevent clutter" that probably explains the missing formats.