Which extensions to download YouTube videos currently work?

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Re: Which extensions to download YouTube videos currently work?

Unread post by Cassette » 2019-06-10, 19:21

New Tobin Paradigm wrote:
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More illegal discussion.
I don't see anything illegal. For all you know all they're downloading are public domain videos. Unless specific copyrighted material is mentioned, why assume?

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Re: Which extensions to download YouTube videos currently work?

Unread post by Potkeny » 2019-06-10, 19:34

Cassette wrote:
2019-06-10, 19:21
New Tobin Paradigm wrote:
2019-06-10, 18:32
More illegal discussion.
I don't see anything illegal. For all you know all they're downloading are public domain videos. Unless specific copyrighted material is mentioned, why assume?
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The same reason here one has to pay "copyright-tax" on every external storage (hdd, flash, cd, dvd, etc.), even if in theory you could put your own photos there, somehow they assume you'll pirate music/video, so they built in taxes... you can get that money back if you're a professional "creator", but it's paperwork, which most will probably not bother doing..

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Re: Which extensions to download YouTube videos currently work?

Unread post by illiad » 2019-06-11, 12:53

even on youtube itself, there are videos and links about how to download yt vids...
just go there and type 'How To Legally Download youtube' :)

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Re: Which extensions to download YouTube videos currently work?

Unread post by Thinkerbell » 2019-06-12, 17:49

Since a few days I don't get any mp4 files from Youtube, only webm or mkv. Does anyone have the same problem?

My preferred downloader is Complete YouTube Saver, since it is fast and offers many formats. But that doesn't download anything at all since a few days. And with Ant.com Video Downloader I only get webm and mkv, no mp4.

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Re: Which extensions to download YouTube videos currently work?

Unread post by yami_ » 2019-06-12, 18:12

With the exception of 360p and (not always) 720p videos YouTube stores and serves audio and video streams separately. Not all combinations of audio and video streams can be muxed in a MPEG-4 Part 14 container. For example, if your download utility decides that it wants to download a MPEG-4 Part 10 video stream and an Opus audio stream it will not be able to save both streams in a MPEG-4 Part 14 container, but it will be able to save those streams in a Matroska container. The Matroska-based WebM container supports VP8/VP9/AV1 video streams and Opus/Vorbis audio streams.
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Re: Which extensions to download YouTube videos currently work?

Unread post by back2themoon » 2019-06-12, 21:57

youtube-dl takes care of all that automatically, by selecting by default the best available quality. If MP4 is enough, then MP4 it is. If MKV is required for the best possible combination, then it will be muxed to MKV (not transcoded). The user is free to make custom selections, but default=best, and it makes perfect sense to be honest.
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Re: Which extensions to download YouTube videos currently work?

Unread post by Thinkerbell » 2019-06-12, 23:49

Thanks. I didn't know that. Very interesting. But that wasn't my question.

In Complete YouTube Saver I was able to select between different formats, and in 95% of all videos it was able to get mp4 (which is my preference). When this didn't work I used Ant.com Downloader, which either gave me webm or mp4. But since 2 days I don't get any mp4, neither from Complete YouTube Saver nor from Ant.com Downloader. And Complete YouTube Saver does not load any of the formats with video and sound combined anymore. And Ant.com suddenly loads lots of mkv files, whicht it didn't do before.

Has anything changed in YouTube? Does anyone have the same problems?

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Re: Which extensions to download YouTube videos currently work?

Unread post by dalek » 2019-06-13, 05:39

back2themoon wrote:
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youtube-dl takes care of all that automatically, by selecting by default the best available quality. If MP4 is enough, then MP4 it is. If MKV is required for the best possible combination, then it will be muxed to MKV (not transcoded). The user is free to make custom selections, but default=best, and it makes perfect sense to be honest.
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Re: Which extensions to download YouTube videos currently work?

Unread post by yami_ » 2019-06-13, 06:31

Thinkerbell wrote:
2019-06-12, 23:49
But that wasn't my question.
Looks like I forgot to write a part of my reply. AFAIK YouTube did not change anything, but keep in mind that not all YouTube videos have high quality (720p) audio-and-video in MPEG-4 Part 14 container streams available.
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Re: Which extensions to download YouTube videos currently work?

Unread post by Thinkerbell » 2019-06-13, 11:51

yami_ wrote:
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Thinkerbell wrote:
2019-06-12, 23:49
But that wasn't my question.
Looks like I forgot to write a part of my reply. AFAIK YouTube did not change anything, but keep in mind that not all YouTube videos have high quality (720p) audio-and-video in MPEG-4 Part 14 container streams available.
I've always selected SD quality, so the files wouldn't get that big.

There was occassionally an odd video that didn't download in mp4. But since 11 June no video does. And that's really odd.

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Re: Which extensions to download YouTube videos currently work?

Unread post by Thinkerbell » 2019-06-13, 12:39

I have updated the Complete Youtube Download Saver, and now it doesn't even find the YourTube videos anymore.

And the CYS website has a card that says:
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Re: Which extensions to download YouTube videos currently work?

Unread post by yami_ » 2019-06-13, 13:13

Complete YouTube Saver Pale Moon add-on page wrote:Updated on April 9, 2017
YouTube did make some significant changes after this date. I am actually surprised that an older version worked at all.
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2019-06-13, 11:51
I've always selected SD quality, so the files wouldn't get that big.
If you only care about 360p or 720p you do not need any video downloading utility.
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Re: Which extensions to download YouTube videos currently work?

Unread post by Thinkerbell » 2019-06-13, 22:59

yami_ wrote:
2019-06-13, 13:13
Complete YouTube Saver Pale Moon add-on page wrote:Updated on April 9, 2017
YouTube did make some significant changes after this date. I am actually surprised that an older version worked at all.
Thinkerbell wrote:
2019-06-13, 11:51
I've always selected SD quality, so the files wouldn't get that big.
If you only care about 360p or 720p you do not need any video downloading utility.
Thanks!! But this doesn't work either. I get a menu with "save video as..." but when I click it nothing happens.

The old version of CYS was working perfecty until 11 June. After that all files it downloaded were 0 kB.

I also have Flash Video Downloader and FlashGot downloader, and only download 0kb files since 11 June.

Currently only the Ant Downloader works, but I do get these file types that don't play on my TV receiver and wich don't show the length of the video in File Manger.

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Re: Which extensions to download YouTube videos currently work?

Unread post by firefoxed » 2019-06-14, 10:57

For many years, I hated the idea of paying for software to take care of YT downloads and refused to even look at it. So I really understand if some of you are feeling that way.

But, and I know I'm repeating myself here, I couldn't be happier since shelling out for 4K Video Downloader. It lets me choose the resolution. There are also options to download a whole playlist etc.

Yes, it would be better if it worked with more sites.

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Re: Which extensions to download YouTube videos currently work?

Unread post by Thinkerbell » 2019-06-14, 11:22

I have a downloader that I payed for, but you have to copy and paste links into it, and that is too tedious for YT videos. I'm downloading lots of videos from Youtube, and it is much more convenient to have the downloader built in the browser and just click a button.
And I don't like this functionality some of those downloaders have of just catching every video and downloading it in several resolutions. This gets me too much that I don't want.
JDownloader can download complete playlists too, but I can't chose the resolution and italso downloads all other files oof the playlist, like pictures and mp3 files.

This is a forum for Pale Moon add-ons, that's why I came here. Isn't anyone concerned that these add-ons are not working anymore since 11 June?

I'm really thinking about going back to Firefox. The main reason that I switched to Pale Moon was that my add-ons were not working on the new firefox. But now that there is a decent amount of add-ons I may just check if those that are important to me are available. The problem is, I don't have time for that. The last migration took me several days or weeks..

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Re: Which extensions to download YouTube videos currently work?

Unread post by yami_ » 2019-06-14, 11:29

Thinkerbell wrote:
2019-06-13, 22:59
But this doesn't work either. I get a menu with "save video as..." but when I click it nothing happens.
Weird, it does work for me.
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Re: Which extensions to download YouTube videos currently work?

Unread post by Thinkerbell » 2019-06-16, 12:28

That's really strange.

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