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How to save YouTube videos

The key to saving YouTube videos is figuring out what you want to do with those videos once saved.

I  want them on my computer safe and sound!

  1. Make a folder for your saved videos on your hard drive.
  2. Open your browser and load Keep Vid in a new tab. KeepVid lets you easily download video from most sites.
  3. Back on your YouTube video, click the Share button (below your video, in the middle of the screen) *Do not use the link in your browser.
  4. Copy/paste this share link into KeepVid. Click Download.
  5. Select Download MP4. (Or MP3 if you just want the music and not the video)
  6. Save the file to the appropriate folder on your hard drive. Rename it something you’ll remember.

Uh, I just want to know where they are and don’t need them on my computer, thank you very much.

Make a YouTube playlist. I use this option for presentations to avoid video-induced slide malfunctions. The videos gathered in a YouTube playlist can play one after another (autoPlay) and/or they can be shuffled like an iPod playlist.

  1. From the video landing page, click the arrow on the  + Add to button located under the video you’re watching.
  2. Select new playlist
  3. Name your new playlist accordingly and hit enter. It’ll be confirmed by a “saved to your playlist” message.

To access/edit/change your playlists:

  1. Click your username in the upper right hand corner of the screen.
  2. Your playlists should tile across the page your currently viewing.
  3. Select the playlist you want to edit.
  4. Click edit playlist in the upper right hand corner.

Sure you could bookmark your YouTube videos, but that’s a lot of bookmarks to sort through. These are the two easiest and most practical ways to save (and organize) your YouTube videos.

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As you can see, there’s a severe lack of diversity at SxSW. I know from past experience that feminist, queer and just plan critically thinking and open minded audiences DO attend the conference. These people want programming that not only addresses relevant industry issues but are actually interesting. No one wants to fly out to sunny Austin to sit in an air conditioned banquet hall and hear a white guy talk about WordPress themes or how movies for women are a niche, one-hit-wonder genre.

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