YouTube’s recent redesign broke many of the popular YouTube video downloading utilities and web-apps. But, fear not, there is always a solution. My personal favourite is the ‘Download YouTube Videos as MP4‘ UserScript (or UserJs for Opera users).
This lightweight solution works on all major browsers; some like Firefox require a third party plugin, while others don’t. Scroll down to view installation instructions for Firefox, Opera and Chrome.
The ‘Download YouTube Videos as MP4’ script supports pretty much all high quality video formats offered by YouTube, i.e. formats other than 3GP and low quality FLV. Here is the full list:
MP4 360p (480×270, 480×360) – all videos are available in this format.
MP4 720p (1280×720) – HD format, available for a small number of videos
MP4 1080p (1920×1080) – HD format, available for a small number of videos
FLV 240p (320×240), FLV 360p (320×240, 400×226, 640×360) or FLV 480p (640×480, 854×480) – highest quality FLV video available
Once the script has been properly installed, you should see a ‘Download’ button on every YouTube video page. Just click on this button and select the video format you wish to download. Your video would be downloaded directly from YouTube’s servers.
The best thing about this script is that it is lightweight and perfectly integrated into the YouTube UI. Moreover, it is also regularly updated. So, stop paying or jumping through hoops to download YouTube Videos and allow ‘Download YouTube Videos as MP4’ UserScript/UserJs do it for you.
How to Install YouTube Video Downloader in Firefox
Download Greasemonkey add-on and restart your browser.
Browse to the UserScript’s page and hit the Install button.
How to Install YouTube Video Downloader in Opera
Save the UserScript (click on ‘Install’ to open it) into the previously selected folder and restart Opera.
How to Install YouTube Video Downloader in Chrome
Click on the ‘Install’ button.
When Chrome prompts you, allow the script to be installed (as an extension).