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Offline edy

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Re: how to download youtube 1080p videos
« Reply #25 on: November 06, 2018, 06:15:17 am »
I use a website called ""... Basically you take whatever YouTube URL you want to download and stick "ss" after "www.". You can also add "dl". Examples:

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Anyways, the "ss" youtube downloader nags you with some stuff and tries to make you download something but I usually ignore and go to the Download in Browser link hidden on the page. Unfortunately it tops out usually at 720p also. You can get 1080p without audio, and then download the audio separate and add it back into the video stream fairly easy and quick with ffmpeg.

There is also which seems to let you do higher than 720p but I'm worried about all the popups and garbage that it tried to load you with to get it.

Another tool you can use is JDOWNLOADER:

This lets you not only grab YouTube links but also lots of other content from many sites, including managing MEGA downloads, and lots of other videos hosted by many others sites. It is available for Win/Mac/Linux, etc...  I use this almost exclusively on my Ubuntu machine now, it works great and will sometimes bypass download limit restrictions especially from MEGA since it caps you at certain bandwidth per day, and also the size of the "cache" of the browser sometimes isn't big enough to get the encrypted file first, which then gets decrypted out to your hard drive. JDownloader can fix that issue.

On a side note.... there is another trick adding "nsfw" in front of the youtube URL also which will let you watch age-restricted videos without signing in. For example, if there is an age-restricted video like this:

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...just like adding "ss" before, instead you add "nsfw" and get this....

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Presto! No more logging in to watch content.

« Last Edit: November 06, 2018, 06:25:11 am by edy »
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Re: how to download youtube 1080p videos
« Reply #26 on: November 07, 2018, 11:07:50 am »
I just use the command line youtube-dl Windows executable directly. The cool thing is that it works with some other websites too. It can show all the video formats available so you can manually pick the highest quality format. For instance, this is the result on EEVblog #1145:

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youtube-dl.exe -F [url][/url]
[youtube] XDY2MYzvDIM: Downloading webpage
[youtube] XDY2MYzvDIM: Downloading video info webpage
[info] Available formats for XDY2MYzvDIM:
format code  extension  resolution note
249          webm       audio only DASH audio   51k , opus @ 50k, 6.62MiB
250          webm       audio only DASH audio   64k , opus @ 70k, 7.75MiB
171          webm       audio only DASH audio   94k , vorbis@128k, 12.00MiB
251          webm       audio only DASH audio  112k , opus @160k, 13.65MiB
140          m4a        audio only DASH audio  131k , m4a_dash container, mp4a.40.2@128k, 17.55MiB
278          webm       256x144    144p  103k , webm container, vp9, 30fps, video only, 11.19MiB
160          mp4        256x144    144p  105k , avc1.4d400c, 30fps, video only, 6.32MiB
133          mp4        426x240    240p  195k , avc1.4d4015, 30fps, video only, 12.00MiB
242          webm       426x240    240p  225k , vp9, 30fps, video only, 20.77MiB
243          webm       640x360    360p  413k , vp9, 30fps, video only, 40.24MiB
134          mp4        640x360    360p  551k , avc1.4d401e, 30fps, video only, 33.18MiB
244          webm       854x480    480p  757k , vp9, 30fps, video only, 73.67MiB
135          mp4        854x480    480p 1158k , avc1.4d401f, 30fps, video only, 71.00MiB
247          webm       1280x720   720p 1537k , vp9, 30fps, video only, 163.45MiB
136          mp4        1280x720   720p 2531k , avc1.4d401f, 30fps, video only, 147.42MiB
302          webm       1280x720   720p60 2652k , vp9, 60fps, video only, 279.45MiB
248          webm       1920x1080  1080p 2759k , vp9, 30fps, video only, 321.22MiB
298          mp4        1280x720   720p60 3999k , avc1.4d4020, 60fps, video only, 239.68MiB
303          webm       1920x1080  1080p60 4503k , vp9, 60fps, video only, 539.47MiB
137          mp4        1920x1080  1080p 5074k , avc1.640028, 30fps, video only, 329.20MiB
299          mp4        1920x1080  1080p60 6826k , avc1.64002a, 60fps, video only, 612.70MiB
17           3gp        176x144    small , mp4v.20.3, mp4a.40.2@ 24k, 10.16MiB
36           3gp        320x180    small , mp4v.20.3, mp4a.40.2, 28.62MiB
18           mp4        640x360    medium , avc1.42001E, mp4a.40.2@ 96k, 74.47MiB
43           webm       640x360    medium , vp8.0, vorbis@128k, 93.63MiB
22           mp4        1280x720   hd720 , avc1.64001F, mp4a.40.2@192k (best)

The formats vary on different YouTube videos which might be why some downloaders fail once in a while. In this case, the best format in a premultiplexed stream is code 22, 1280x720 in mp4.

To combine separate audio and video streams, I use ffmpeg. I copied the ffmpeg executable to the same directory as youtube-dl. This way, youtube-dl will automatically call ffmpeg to multiplex the two streams together. So to get the best version of this EEVblog in a 1920x1080x60p mp4 file:
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youtube-dl.exe -f 299+140 [url][/url]
In fact, I use this daily to keep up with a few dozen YouTube channels. I open all the pages of my favourite youtubers from Firefox bookmarks. NoScript keeps Firefox from auto playing the videos. After clicking and CTRL-clicking all the videos I want, I right-click to Bookmark All Tabs to a temporary bookmarks folder. From right-clicking the bookmarks folder, I Copy the links and paste them into a text file:

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youtube-dl.exe -f 18 --no-mtime --write-auto-sub -a ctoday.txt
The "-a" switch reads the URLs from the text file. The "--no-mtime" switch sets the file date to the current date. Otherwise, the upload date is used which might make it hard to find a newly downloaded video if the YouTuber pre uploaded a video in advance of release. It might mix the newly downloaded videos with previously downloaded videos when sorting by date. The "--write-auto-sub" switch creates a subtitle file with the YouTube auto-generated subtitles.

This way, I can zoom through my favourite YouTubers new videos at up to 4x speed with sound in VLC.

Edit: The posting software seems to be putting "URL" around the URL in the "code" blocks. Does anyone know how to fix that? Obviously, those shouldn't be there in the youtube-dl command line.
« Last Edit: November 07, 2018, 11:40:45 am by bw2341 »
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Offline TheNewLab

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Re: how to download youtube 1080p videos
« Reply #27 on: November 09, 2018, 07:16:56 pm »
Had no patience to all of the thread. I sure someone has already siad this..but I have been wanting to do a YouTube episode on how to do this, only I know they would shut down my channel.

Download with any good "Youtube Downloader" extension-plug in.

1. download a whole lot.
2. make folders for different topics
3. use VLC (videolan) to watch.
- Now you can speed it up 10%, 20%, 40% or more! -

VLC not only accommodates faster rates it also keeps the slow talkers become ..PEPPY!
      slow down if difficult concept or using video as you work on the same thing.
      Collect a series of short YT's like from electronics or computer or any other community. (those pesky 3 min. and 5min. YTs)
            -stick in a folder and auto play.
     Watch an entire season of your favorite PBS or BBC series.
          -clip beginning off with a video editor, now you have a single 10 hour movie!

Cannot do half that online. plus have a YT that you really to rememeber for a future project?

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Re: how to download youtube 1080p videos
« Reply #28 on: November 10, 2018, 01:02:07 pm »
I use 4kdownloader


I saw this posting weeks ago and downloaded the trial version. After using it a bit, I bought the full version. It's much better and easier than the various browser plugins and third party web sites that I have used over the years. It really shines when downloading an entire playlist. Worth the $15.

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Re: how to download youtube 1080p videos
« Reply #29 on: November 10, 2018, 02:32:41 pm »
Internet Download Manager works great for me.

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Re: how to download youtube 1080p videos
« Reply #30 on: January 13, 2019, 05:32:37 pm »
dude just use have been using it for quite a while and its the best site ever. you can also download playlists with it

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Re: how to download youtube 1080p videos
« Reply #31 on: January 16, 2019, 02:16:25 pm »
These all allow you to download other people's videos ? Do you have to do the editing with the program you use for downloading the video?

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