(YouTube Video Downloads / Converter)

So for the longest time, I’ve tried to avoid posting YouTube videos because there wasn’t a simple and easy solution to download them. Sure there were a bunch of browser add-ons and extensions that one can use, but I don’t consider installing an extension simple and easy.

However, I finally gave in and began to include YouTube videos, while also including a link to KeepVid. But KeepVid was horrible, requiring you to use Java and who knows what other crap they install on your machine, but there just wasn’t a better solution at that time.

There’s also a bunch of smart Javascript bookmarklets that reveal the video download links, but I couldn’t easily expose them since you have run the script after loading the YouTube page first.

@boxofficeBUZ suggested I check out and it was awesome. The interface was exactly what I was looking for, but it didn’t include the HD versions (480p/720p/1080p) of the videos, which is the main purpose of this site.

I did some more searching and ended up with It was elegant and simple to use. Provide it with the YouTube url and it’ll give you the option to download or choose from 11 different formats to convert it to (mp3, aac, wma, m4a, ogg, mp4, 3pg, avi, mpg, wmv, flv).


YouTube HD Trailers

As some of you may have already noticed, we’ve posted a couple YouTube trailers on our site this week (e.g. Donkeys). Many have suggested their inclusion in the past, but I’ve always been against it due to 2 main reasons:

  1. The quality tends to be lower due to the way YouTube does compression
  2. There isn’t an easy way for us to provide you with a download link

We can fix reason #2 by downloading the trailers ourselves and hosting it, but because of reason #1, we prefer to wait for official releases with higher quality. However, we have come to realize that certain HD trailers will only be on YouTube. With that in mind and wanting our site to be the central hub for all movie HD trailers, we came to a decision to include them.

Update: To make our intentions a bit clearer, the only YouTube trailers we’ll be posting are for trailers we cannot find a higher quality for. Secondly, we won’t stop posting trailers from Apple, Yahoo, etc. This will only be in addition to what we’re currently doing.

Unfortunately we can’t provide direct download links to YouTube videos, but we have provided a link to KeepVid, which will provide you with direct download links. It’s a bit annoying when you get that Java prompt, but I notice even if you click NO, the download links will still be provided.

There are also other browser extensions/add-ons and download utilities that one can use which will make downloading YouTube videos easier. I’ll probably be writing up a tutorial on how to download from YouTube sometime later. I’m also looking into getting JavaScript to download the video you’re watching.

One might argue why anyone would come here to search for YouTube trailers. Our reply would be our target audience isn’t really searching for that trailer, but instead is browsing our website checking out new trailers for movies they’ve never heard of.

We won’t be posting these YouTube trailers on our blog, but if there’s enough demand, we might reconsider. If you have any questions, comments, or suggestions, please do leave them below. We’d love to hear from you.

YouTube HD 720p Links

I’d like to welcome IG3N as the newest addition to our team. He’ll be be adding links to his YouTube HD videos, which currently supports up to 720p. This would provide our readers who are at a computer that has Flash installed, but not Quicktime, an opportunity to still be able to enjoy HD trailers.

As you may have noticed, he’s already added them to quite a few posts already. You should definitely check out his YouTube HD Trailers & Teasers channel.