Ripping YouTube’s new video format VP8 using OSX

Posted by Marco on Nov 2, 2011 in Misc

Ripping a video from YouTube used to be easy-peasy. Just start Firefox and install FlashGot. View the YouTube video in Firefox and go to Extra / FlashGot / FlashGot Media to download the video source file. When the download is complete add the extension ‘.flv’. Open the file in Quicktime and re-save as mpeg, mov or whatever format you choose. Done. Youtube’s new video format codec VP8 can be ripped as well, but there’s a slight difference.

The new video codec VP8 requires you to add the extension ‘.webm’. Add it and you’ll see OSX instantly recognizes the file and creates a preview. Now open it in Quicktime Player and export to whatever format you wish. I really love YouTube, but I want to download some video’s for future reference or personal use. After all, with YouTube you’ll never know how long a video will be online.

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  1. Jonas | November 26, 2011 | 16:23 CET

    using the extension ‘.webm’ didn’t work at all for me?

  2. Marco | November 29, 2011 | 11:34 CET

    Try the old .flv if it’s not working.

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