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Saving YouTube videos for offline viewing

Saving YouTube videos for offline viewing

KeepVid lets users watch YouTube videos later

Saving YouTube videos for offline viewing can be done with KeepVid.com, but be aware of potential copyright infringement with certain clips.

Saving YouTube videos for offline viewing can be done with KeepVid.com, but be aware of potential copyright infringement with certain clips.

Watching a YouTube video typically requires an Internet connection, but with a little preparation the videos can be saved for later offline viewing.

To see a video version of this Tech Tip, go to YouTube.

Before downloading any videos on YouTube, be aware that downloading some content may infringe on copyrights.

Once you are on a page with a YouTube video, copy the link in the address bar of the browser. Then open KeepVid and paste the YouTube URL into the box at the top of the page.

Click the download button to the right side of the link you just pasted. Since the page runs Java script, the browser will prompt you if you want to run the application and click "yes" or "run."

Be careful not to click the large "download" and "play now" buttons on the page as those are advertisements.

Once the list populates below, you will typically want to download the highest resolution MP4 file. That file format will play on most computers, smartphones and tablets. Right click on the link and select "save file as" and save the file.

Nick Barber covers general technology news in both text and video for IDG News Service. E-mail him at Nick_Barber@idg.com and follow him on Twitter at @nickjb.


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