Downloading Videos is Easy

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There are many reasons for wanting to download a video. Some want to view it offline, others want to save the video for personal use.

It is easy to extract videos from YouTube, Vimeo, DailyMotion, Megavideo, Metacafe, or any other video-sharing website. Keep reading to find out how.

View Website Policy on Downloads

Before downloading a video, check the website policy. Make sure you have a legal right to download the video. It is illegal in the United States to distribute copyrighted videos without permission. This is also true in other countries.

YouTube has over 1 billion users, which is one-third of Internet users. Video content is a natural part of our digital lives.

YouTube is designed to have viewers watch videos on their website. They do not allow downloads from their site. It is possible to extract videos from YouTube without breaking the law using a third-party download site. 

If you are not earning money from your downloads and are not breaching copyright, you should be safe from legal problems.

How to Check YouTube Video License Type

Most YouTube videos fall under their standard licensing policy. They have some videos that are licensed under Creative Commons.

Creative Commons provides a flexible copyright for creative work. Under this license, the creator can specify what rights are reserved and what rights are waived.

To check the YouTube license, type click on “show more” under the video. This will show you the license type for that video. Use the YouTube video in accordance with its license.

If You Need to Use Video For Business

Greenlight is a service you can use if the video is for business purposes. They can help make sure you do not violate any copyright laws.

Besides copyright on internet videos, they can assist with images, TV shows, films, and music. They also obtain clearance on items you know are copyrighted or trademarked.

Greenlight has over 20,000 clearances for more than 2,000 clients. They are connected to musicians, celebrities, athletes, and talent agencies. They will provide assistance with contract negotiation, on-set presence, endorsements, and more. Their team of experts has the ability to access and clear rights quickly around the globe. They will get you an informed perspective into fair market value.

To prevent any legal recourse from using copyrighted or trademarked content, using a company that can make sure all rights are cleared and you have legal authorization is a good business investment.

iPhone and Android Downloads

YouTube Premium is a paid subscription used to save content. They charge a monthly fee of $11.99. Videos can be downloaded onto iPhone and Android cell phones. 

To download, open the video on YouTube Mobile app and click “download.” You can then customize the quality of the output. When the download is completed you will see a “download complete” icon. This application does not work on Mac.

What to Look For in a Download Service

Every downloader should have the ability to work on all streaming platforms. This would include YouTube, Vimeo, Dailymotion, or any site where you view videos. To get the most from your download service, look for these options:

1. Does the download service allow you to save the video in MP4 content or to convert it to another format?

2. Can you download entire playlists or channels?

3. Does the service support audio output? This allows you to save music from videos.

4. Does the service allow you to download for both business and personal use?

Security Considerations

Internet security is always a concern. Make sure the service guarantees data security. It should not collect your personal information.

How to Copy Video URL

The URL for a video, in some cases, may be found near the video for sharing. You may also copy the URL using your mouse to copy and paste.

Using Mouse

This is the method many favor for copying a URL. When you are viewing the video go to the URL displayed in your browser. Hold the left button on your mouse and skim over the URL. The URL will now be highlighted.

Right click on the highlighted URL and select “copy” from the drop-down menu.

Now go to the location you want to place the video. Click in the text box where you want the video.

Right click the mouse and then select “paste” from the dropdown menu displayed. Hit “enter” on the computer to complete the selection.

Using Keyboard Controls

When you are on the page with the video you want to save, click Ctrl + L to highlight the URL in the address bar.

Press Ctrl + C to copy the internet address.

Go to the download program where you want to save the video. Click inside the text box of that program. Then press Ctrl + V to past the URL into the text box. You can now hit the “enter” key or press the “download” or “save” button to complete the process.

YouTube URL

A large number of video on YouTube contains a URL that is placed there for sharing on websites such as Facebook. This URL leads you back to the video and can be used for pasting into downloaders for saving.

Third-Party Services that Extract Video

There is a wide selection of third-party download services that can be obtained for free to download video content. This is only a small selection.


This download service can be used to download YouTube videos. It can convert the download to MP3. All you do is copy the video URL, paste the link into the application and wait for the download.

This application gives you the option of choosing the output format and storage location. Downloads are available for both Mac and PC.


Use this downloader on Twitter, CNN, Tumblr, YouTube, Facebook and other video websites. This is a simple to use service where you go to the website and paste the URL that contains the video.


This is an application for Mac users. This YouTube video player allows searching by keyword, related video, author video, and create playlist. You play videos by entering the video URL and download the video file.


For macOS, this YouTube downloader allows you to drag-and-drop the YouTube URL into the application to download.

Free YouTube Downloader

This program is for windows users. The application offers multiple formats includeing AAC, MP3, AV1, and MP4. This downloader guarantees no spyware, viruses or malware.

The application does use sponsored offers to enable them to provide free service. The offers can be declined.  There are no installations performed without your consent.


This application does not work in Internet Explorer. Firefox or Chrome are the suggested browsers. You can use this application to extract videos from YouTube, DailyMotion, Megavideo, Metacafe, and Vimeo.

With this downloader you visit the KeepVidPro website and enter the video URL in the text box. A thumbnail will appear and you click the blue “Best Download” box next to the thumbnail image.

Depending on the browser you use, you may see a prompt to select where you want to save the file. If not prompt is displayed the video will download into your download folder.


This is an ideal option for Firefox users. Install NetVideoHunter from the Firefox add-on site.  The downloader will be added as a button on your Firefox toolbar.

To download a video go to the page where the video is located. The NetVideoHunter button will flash.  This means the video can be downloaded. Click on the NetVideoHunter button, then click on the button next to the video you want to save.

Have Fun Watching

The number of video downloaders available is extensive.,, RipSave, and a Chrome Extension Video Downloader are additional options.

Whatever your reason for wanting to download video, there is a service right for you. The key is to explore your options for extracting videos from YouTube. If you find one service doesn’t meet your needs, pick another.



James Williams
James is our Lead Content Publisher here at Feeds Portal. He has worked with many top websites over the years, including BuzzFeed.

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