Monday, August 3, 2009

Download and convert Youtube videos with Elltube

Youtube is one of the most popular video sharing sites on Internet. There are several applications that let you download and store on your hard disk. Elltube is one such application which works both on Linux and windows.

You can download Eltube from here. I installed the deb package for ubuntu on intrrepid with

$ sudo dpkg -i elltube_0.3-1_all.deb

It showed up under Application->internet

The screen shot of eltube is as below.

Now you can download any youtube video by pasting the url of the video to the Elltube window. Locate the video you want to download and copy its URL. On my ubuntu desktop, when I copied the URL, it automatically appeared in ELtube.

You can set the desired location to download the file and specify the out put format. Click on download and enjoy the video.


Anonymous said...

You can also use Miro to view these vids and check your ~/.miro folder afterwards. Or you can also use FlashGot and watch the resulting .flv files with Kaffeine.

Anonymous said...

Most youtube flash videos appear in your /tmp directory as /tmp/Flash* files as they stream. If you monitor the download, you'll see that they're saved to your hard drive in their entirety long before they finsh playing in your browser. Once they finish, all you've got to do is copy the /tmp/Flash* file to your Desktop (or whereever) where you'll have permanent access to it. No need for extra programs.

Anonymous said...

Why not use PyTube instead? it allows for video downloading and converting them into multiple formats such as avi, mp3, wav, mpg, mp4 etc.

Much superior than Elltube in my opinion...

charles said...

Unless I'm mistaken (and correct me if I'm wrong), the screenshots don't seem to imply that the program has an option to download the high-quality version of the video. If I'm going to rip a video from YouTube, I'd want to have the high-quality version. I'm using the NetVideoHunter Firefox addon and it works great for standard-def and high-def videos.

Bohdan Trotsenko said...

If you want a command-line tool, check youtube-dl.