Apr 27 2009
YouTube is all about sharing. But as my two-year-old would say, sharing is overrated. Sometimes we want to take off with what we can, and for that there are YouTube downloaders.
Tooble is one of many free YouTube downloaders. It features search and will queue, download and convert your files to an iTunes-friendly (and iPod/AppleTV friendly) format. Its fast and has a nice interface.
TubeTV is another downloader with queueing and conversion. The interface is a little more browser-like, but the result is pretty much like Tooble. Why feature two? You might like TubeTV’s interface more, and with these kind of apps you never know how well they’ll be maintained. So it doesn’t hurt to have two.
YouTube is gradually posting higher quality MP4 versions of its flicks for AppleTV and iPhone. So why not go straight to the source? While I haven’t found an app for this, this technique will get you an MP4 manually or with the help of a bookmarklet or Greesemonkey script. Its not as easy, but with no conversion and higher quality its probably worth it.
From Squared 5, this little, cross platform app will make quick work of trimming MP4 (and other format) video files. This can be helpful with your downloaded videos, or can make quick work of editing your own video before uploading. Its particularly useful when you just don’t feel like firing up iMovie or Final Cut.
MX Tube for iPhone and iPod Touch
This app, available in Installer.app on a jailbroken iPod or iPhone searches and downloads YouTube clips right to your iPhone. For now you have to watch them in the application, but that’s a small price to pay for offline viewing.
Also worth mentioning, ChiperSoft’s Simple Video Splicer, and for converting FLV files to MP4: FLV2iTunes. Also, there’s another batch downloader and converter that supports converting to .AVI and .MP3: Get Tube.
Thats a nice mess of free video downloaders.