Download YouTube Videos as MP4 Files

by Volker Weber

An interesting side-effect of YouTube's recent push for higher quality videos is that most videos can be downloaded as MP4 files directly from YouTube. Until now, you could only get FLV files from your browser's cache or using one of the many websites that let you download YouTube videos. In fact, to download the MP4 files, you need to use the same URL like for FLV files and append "&fmt=18":

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There is a neat mobile app that facilitates this manual process. Search youtube for a media item, select the appropriate video format, then download and save it directly to your mobile. The app is called MFL - Mobile File Loader and will be released at 22th November 2009 as open source project on sourceforge:

Pepe Richter, 2009-11-19

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