Wednesday, April 4, 2012

Save YouTube Videos to Your Computer

Organization can save a teachers hours of extra work. A few years ago I started really organizing my flash drive.  I have all my lesson plans and materials organized into folders on my flash. This even includes the mentor texts I use. I have scanned the books I use every year and made them into Power Points.  When it's time for me teach a topic, I just click on the folder and it's all there. This has been the biggest time saver for me. I also put ALL the YouTube videos I use on my flash drive. It is super simple to save these videos to your computer and FREE.  I created a tutorial video to show you how easy it is. I hope it helps!

Google complained and Zamzar is no longer able to convert YouTube videos as of July 2012




Click {HERE} for written instructions. Good luck as you continue to create magic in your classroom!

31 comments:

  1. Hi Selina:
    I am definitely going to try this!
    Thanks for the great tip.

    Kim
    Finding JOY in 6th Grade

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    1. You are welcome! I have some great videos on file now. There are some great Social Studies videos on YouTube. If you teach about the American Revolution, check out the America the Story of Us videos.

      Selina

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  2. Mrs. M,

    Just in case you check back here, I didn't delete your comment. It just disappeared:( Sorry! Anyway, someone (on YouTube) has made small clips of America the Story of Us, and they are perfect for Social Studies. I've downloaded all of them to my flash drive.

    Selina

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  3. Oh my... you are brilliant! I am writing up a post about this and I will link right back to you.

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    1. Wow, thank you so much! I think I'll save this and show it to my hubby when he starts to doubt my brilliance;)

      Selina

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  4. Pinned this post for TBA! Love it!

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    1. Thank you so much! I really appreciate the pin and comment!

      Selina

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  5. Thanks so much for clearing up the mystery on how to save videos. Great job!

    Lori
    Teaching With Love and Laughter

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    1. This is one of my favorite tech tools. I've been able to collect numerous classroom videos. Thanks for the comment!

      Selina

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  6. Just curious if saving them helps with buffering issues. :)

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    1. Susan,

      There is NO buffering at all!!! It doesn't even require you to have internet access once you save it to your flash drive. The file is permently yours even if YouTube takes the video down. (Which happens a lot.)What grade do you teach? I teach 4th grade. Maybe I can send you some stuff to show what I mean. Have you ever seen the School House Rock grammar videos? I have all of them, and they are great as an introduction to a new part of speech. Email me at selinasmith479@gmail.com

      Selina

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    2. Thank you. I teach Spanish 1 for freshmen in high school. Thank you so much for responding. I will definitely be saving the videos instead of linking to youtube--the buffering drives me crazy. I've bookmarked this page and I'll go back to the tutorial and start saving!!! Thanks! BTW, I grew up watching School House Rock. LOL

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    3. Spanish... WOW! Sorry, I can't help you out with any file sharing. LOL!

      Selina

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  7. I just watched the tutorial again...so simple! It's the little things that change our entire lives as teachers! Thanks for changing my life! :)

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    1. Let me know if you have ANY problems. Check to see that wmv files will play at your school. If they don't, try flv.

      Selina

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  8. Thank you so much for this video! It has made my life so much better! Those pesky filters at school....

    Elizabeth
    Fun in Room 4B

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  9. I continue to be amazed at the knowledge and sharing spirit of my fellow bloggers! Selina, you are AMAZING! Thank you for showing what you know! I have always wondered how I could use YouTube videos in class (it is blocked in our district). I'm in the process of organizing my computer files and this will be incredibly helpful! Check out my blog: 5thgradetomfoolery.blogspot.com (I'm new at this so be kind :)

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  10. Oh no! zamzar says "At the request of Google we have had to remove support for the downloading of YouTube videos on Zamzar."

    Please help - does anyone know another way to save YouTube videos?

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    1. Yes, I'm sorry to say they just recently stopped letting you download YouTube. I'm using Real Player right now but it isn't nearly as fast. When I find something as good as Zamzar, I'll post about it. Sorry!!!!

      Selina

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  11. Thanks Selina, I really appreciate the Real Player tip. I found lots of options on google but much prefer a recommendation from someone who's actually used something!

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  12. Google complained and zamzar is no longer able to convert youtube videos as of July 2012. So sad!!

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    1. Yes, I was so upset. I'm using RealPlayer but it isn't nearly as easy.

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  13. Have you tried using Livebinder? Great way to organize all your stuff! I use it and then hyperlink it to my website. Check it out, it is worth it!

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    1. I haven't tried it. I will look into it. Thanks!

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  14. At the request of Google we have had to remove support for the downloading of YouTube videos on Zamzar.

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  15. hey,

    Though downloading YouTube videos is not legal & it's not permitted by YouTube but If you and I were producers,we can allow YouTube downloading only if intended for fair use. Also you gonna find many youtube videos which is under creative common license and reuse is permitted. So you can download those kind of videos and also reuse it.
    You can follow the above method for downloading videos or here is the youtube downloader which I follow

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  16. YouTube doesn't allow downloading their videos because they want their visitors to visit their website again and again, so that they can charge their advertisers for displaying relevant ads on them. You recommended using DAP but It doesn't give you option to download videos in mp3. Here is the free youtube to mp3 converter which works perfectly me.

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  17. You are posting a informative knowledge in your blog, i love to read it and i cleared my basic concept about Youtube Help,please visit the link.

    Thankyou
    Lacy Brown

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  18. Awesome! I haven't heard of that program yet... Thanks for the heads up!! visit- Youtube Support Call Toll Free No +1-800-231-4635.

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  19. Hey Selina, this is great but I've learnt another way of downloading recently and I think it's brilliant.
    All you gotta do is to add the letters dl to the url of the video straight on youtube, the place to add the letters dl is between the www. and the name youtube
    Then you press enter and get automatically sent to the downloder's page and there just chose the quality of video you wish. Sooo fast and easy =)

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