Downloading YouTube videos is easy. There are tons of browser plugins, web apps and websites that are offering the same service. If you’re having trouble choosing from the long list of YouTube video downloaders, here’s a couple of recommended tools that you can use in order to download YouTube videos quickly:
The Get YouTube Video Bookmarklet
HowToGeek is hosting a bookmarklet that you can grab which will allow you to download any YouTube video in just a couple of clicks. The bookmarklet used to be posted at the Google Operating System blog. Since it has been removed, HowToGeek was kind enough to provide us with the bookmarklet.
All you need to do is grab the bookmarklet from HowToGeek and place it on the bookmarks toolbar of your browser. Whenever you come across a YouTube video that you want to download, simply click the bookmarklet while you’re on the YouTube video page and you’ll see the download link appear on the YouTube page near the embed codes. (See Image Below)
You can choose to download a Standard MP4 file or the High Quality HD 720p version if it’s available.
For those of you who are not a fan of bookmarklets and want to keep your browser clean and free of the bookmark toolbar, you can use an alternative method. You can simply add the word kick on front of the video URL of the YouTube video that you want to download. It will read as kickyoutube.com/videourl. Using this method will redirect you to the KickYouTube page where you can choose which format to download. You can choose from MP4, FLV, HD, AVI, MPG, 3GP, iPhone, PSP, MP3, OGG or GIF.
The Get YouTube Video Bookmarklet is faster easier to use than KickYouTube. You do not need to transfer to another website in order to begin your download. The download happens right on the YouTube page. KickYouTube however supports more format than the bookmarklet. Whichever you choose to use is up to you. It’s just a matter of which of the two suits your need.