[LAU] Saving youtube audio and video

Rob lau at kudla.org
Tue Dec 11 22:59:27 EST 2007

On Tuesday 11 December 2007 22:22, lanas wrote:
>   Is it possible to see a youtube video (and audio) on disk so
> that, for instance, it can be played on the TV using MythTV ?

Yes, Youtube videos are just .flv files served to their player app via 
normal HTTP.  There are many Firefox add-ons and Greasemonkey scripts 
that provide the download link for each video you view.

I use a pretty simple Greasemonkey script that's just called "Download 
Video" and adds a yellow bar with a link to download the video at the 
top of the page, but if you don't have Greasemonkey or want something 
with more options, just visit


and search for youtube.

As far as MythTV goes, I think you have to convert the .flv files to 
MPEG in order to get it to play them on your TV.  mencoder can do 
that for you, but I haven't the faintest idea what output settings 
would be appropriate for playback on MythTV.


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