Capturing YouTube Videos on a #Chromebook (Updated)

Video Downloader Professional

An interesting question came up that I hadn’t considered earlier:

We don’t use Chromebooks in our district and I do not have access to one, so I hope you don’t mind me picking your brains a bit. I did Google search first, but am not finding info I need one way or another.
 I have a teacher for homebound students who has asked if there is a way she can use her personal Chromebook to show one of her students some videos from YouTube. The problem is, the student does not have internet access at her home.
 Is there a way to save or cache a YouTube video to a Chromebook for offline viewing? If you have directions or could point me to them, I would be most appreciative.

My response appears below…after you read it, I hope you’ll share how you do this?

Yes, you can save the video to your Chromebook’s local storage (16gig or 32gig depending on your model).  Three possible approaches come to mind on how to do this, in no particular order:

  1. You capture it on a regular computer using something like Keepvid.com or other YouTubeDownloader, then copy the video to a USB flash drive and then insert the USB flash drive into each Chromebook you want to copy the video to.
  2. Once you have saved the video, share the video via Google Drive. This will enable the student/user to save the video themselves to their local Chromebook storage before they head home.
  3. Teach the student to install the Chrome app, Video Downloader Professional. (I suspect you could also use Screencastify app.)Then, use that to save the video to your Video Downloader Professional playlist, then click the green arrow to save the video in one of several available formats:
  1. MP4 – most compatible video format around
  2. FLV – flash-based format
  3. 3g – for mobile devices
  • Some other options–you decide how well they work and match your situation–include the following:
    1. Video Grabber – Wes Fryer recommends this one…seems to capture videos from web sites, but does NOT do YouTube.
    2. FastestTube – Works quite well! For example, for fun , I thought to download this video:

    3. Record via Hangout
    4. Keepvid.com – Java is the main obstacle in using this web site, but it works sometimes.
    5. Offliberty.com – Interesting approach for getting video.

    If you’re wondering what’s the best format, I recommend MP4. If you don’t know what file formats your Chromebook can handle, check out this list:

    The following file formats are supported on Chromebooks:

    • Media: .3gp, .avi, .mov, .mp4, .m4v, .m4a, .mp3, .mkv, .ogv, .ogm, .ogg, .oga, .webm, .wav
    • Images: .bmp, .gif, .jpg, .jpeg, .png, .webp
    • Compressed files: .zip, .rar, .tar, .tar.gz (.tgz), .tar.bz2 (.tbz2)
    • Other: .txt, .pdf

     Of course, be sensitive to YouTube downloading concerns.


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