Download Videos From YouTube And Google

by on October 26, 2007

Q: I’m trying to download videos from YouTube or Google onto my laptop for presentations and cannot figure out how to do so. Any help would be greatly appreciated.

A: It is possible to download from Google Video and YouTube using any of the three major operating systems: Windows, Mac, and Linux. Let’s assume that you are using some flavor of Microsoft Windows and examine some of the basics for downloading internet videos.

Downloading from Google or YouTube won’t work very well without using some extra tools to help you. The best kind of tools for downloading fit into a category called browser plugins. These miniature programs cooperate with your browser and are thus easy to use most of the time. If you are using the Internet Explorer browser, you might want to search the Download Managers section of Microsoft’s Add-Ons for Internet Explorer. If you would prefer to use the Firefox internet browser, you should look at Firefox Add-ons: Browse Download Management (I recommend a Firefox plugin called DownloadHelper).

Google Video videos come in a wide variety of formats. And YouTube is currently in the midst of switching its videos to a different format. To guarantee that the downloaded videos work in software such as Microsoft PowerPoint, you should probably convert them into a friendlier format. While you can certainly install a program capable of converting videos to different formats – softpedia.com is a great resource for finding such programs – these kinds of programs are often extremely complicated to configure and use. A website called media-convert.com has a very simple interface that allows you to convert videos into many formats. For most PowerPoint uses, MPEG-1 is probably the best choice for you, since works on virtually any computer in use today.