How to locally download mp4 video and mp3 audio (from YouTube or other sites)

Some time ago I posted “How to locally download a streaming video with Edge browser (e.g. the Verdi’s grandest opera AIDA)” showing how can be downloaded an mp4 video, even a very long one, finding the video URL in the Developing Tools section available in the Edge browser.
However, very often we would like to download locally on our PC a video or an mp3 from YouTube, Vimeo or other sites that use specific ways to let more difficult to identify the direct URL of the media, in order to avoid people can easily download them and do not need to see them only through their site  (and see advertising, that is the main profit for them!). … but this let the download more difficult but not impossible! 😉
In fact, there are a lot of ways, for example the use of a specific browser plug-in (e.g. DownloadHelper Extension) or the installation of a specific program/app … even though you must be careful not to install also some spyware together!  BUT there are also simpler ways that do not need to install anything more, as using the two following methods I describe in the following.

You can see also PC magazine suggestions on this topic!

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Use of the free VLC Media Player desktop application and a browser (e.g. Edge).

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P.S. (27/10/2018)
Unfortunately, this method seems to do not work any more for downloading from YouTube because it introduced some kind of protection in order to avoid this, but it works in other cases! So please for YouTube video try the other method I will describe that still works. 😉

VLC
This method seems to do not work any more for downloading from YouTube

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You probably have already installed this popular and useful player, so you can use it also to identify the URL that will allow you to access the actual video file on YouTube’s servers – the one YouTube tries to hide – allowing you to download it to your computer. Note that VLC by default downloads the video in the highest possible quality. So, you can follow the steps below and possibly see the step-by-step video, clicking on the following figure:

a) Copy the complete address of the YouTube video you want to download (e.g. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CTofEF-_Cnk);

b) Launch VLC Media Player and, from the menu Media, select “Open Network Stream” (IT: “Apri periferica di acquisizione“) and then, go to the “Network” tab (IT: “Rete“), insert into the input fields the previously copied YouTube video URL. Finally, press “Play” (IT: “Riproduci“);

c) While the video is playing, from the menu “Tools” (“IT: “Strumenti“) select “Codec Information” (IT: “Informazioni codificatore“) and at the bottom of the popup page you can find, in the “Location” field (IT: “Posizione“), the searched URL.

d) Copy that URL (e.g. right-click -> Select all) and then paste it in a new browser tab: this will load the video directly in your browser;

e) Right-click into the played video and select “Save video as” to save locally the file.

Download a video with the help of VLC Media Player
Download a video with the help of VLC Media Player

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Use of the yout.com site (free only for low-quality audio [128kb/s] or video [720p HD]).

Another even easiest way (that it also allows deciding if downloading the video or only the mp3 audio) is to use the free online service offered by the yout.com site: you only have to paste the YouTube video URL into the input field available on the homepage of that site to see that video and press the Record MP4 button to start the download (or the Record MP3 button, if you only want the audio). Before copying the URL, be careful to select, on the YouTube page, the video/audio quality you want, possibly the highest one, in order to get the URL specific for that quality type file.

Download video/mp3 with the help of Yout
Download video/mp3 with the help of Yout

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Be careful, that in the case of a YouTube play list, the URL to be copied is not the one of the lists but of every single video, so you need to right-click on each video displayed on the right list:

How to get single video URL in a play list
How to get a single video URL in a playlist

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Use of the notube.net site

Another online downloader that can be used is notube.net.

As usual, to get a YouTube video URL, right-click on the video and select Copy video URL from the popup menu.

When you insert the URL of a YouTube video in the input field, select from the selection box the best available resolution for video (MP4 HD) or for audio (MP3 HD).

Then, after pressing the OK button, be careful to close every new tab page that automatically will be opened with some advertisement: the real page that allows you to download the video/audio is the one on the original tab!! On that page, after a download line, you have to click on the green download [IT: Scaricare] button to have the file downloaded locally on your PC (by default, in the PC download folder). Make sure you do not accept any file download from the alert popup windows the browser may ask you: only the mp3 file have to be downloaded… no others!!

As usual, to get a YouTube video URL, right-click on the video and select Copy video URL from the popup menu
notube.net: insert the URL of a YouTube video and select the best resolution for video (MP4 HD) or for audio (MP3 HD)
Then, after pressing the OK button, be careful to close the new tab page that automatically will be opened with some advertisement: the real page that allows you to download the video/audio is the previous one!!
After a download line, you have to click on the green download [IT: Scaricare] button to have the file downloaded locally on your PC (by default, in the PC download folder).
DO NOT DOWNLOAD possible other files popup windows should prompt!!

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4K Video Downloader

A further option is to install on your PC a proper application.
One of the best is 4K Video Downloader which has a free version that allows downloading even at high resolution till 30 videos per day … that is enough in many cases!

It allows also to extract only audio tracks from a video.

Current prices for 4K Video Downloader

See also other posts of mine:

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Electronic engineer
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