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How to Download YouTube Videos Using VLC Media Player

Selena Thomas

November 03, 2020 15:21Posted by to Record Video

Found an interesting video on YouTube and want to save it to watch later? If you want to download YouTube videos for watching them on planes, trains or other places without an internet connection, you need to know about how to download YouTube videos efficiently.

Here we suggest you download them using VLC media player. It can not only play any video, audio and subtitle format, but also support downloading videos from YouTube or other popular websites. Read on to learn how to download YouTube videos with VLC on your computer. Let's get started.

Download YouTube Videos with VLC

Part 1. How to Download YouTube Videos with VLC

Before downloading YouTube videos, you need to make sure whether you have the VLC media player in your computer system. If not, you need to download it from the official website.

Step 1

Find the video on YouTube that you want to download, and copy the URL from your browser's address bar.

Step 2

Launch VLC media player on your computer, and then select Open Network Stream… from the Media tab.

Open network stream

Step 3

Then, paste the YouTube URL into network URL and click Play on the bottom of the window.

Paste youtube url

Step 4

When the video starts playing, go to the Tools tab, and select Codec Information.

Codec Information

Step 5

Next, you will see the video file location at the bottom of the window. You need to paste and copy this URL into your browser, and then press Enter.


Then, the video will be playing on your browser online. Right-click on the video and choose the Save video as… option.

Save video as

Then the video will begin downloading. You may need to note that the default format is MP4, and the file name is always videoplayback. After downloading, you can convert YouTube videos into MP3 files, or burn music from YouTube to a CD.

Part 2. How to Capture YouTube Videos via Screen Recorder

If you don't have a YouTube downloader like VLC installed on your computer, or you prefer to download YouTube videos into formats like MOV, AVI, MPEG, and more. You can capture YouTube videos with Blu-ray Master Screen Recorder to record and download it directly from your screen. So in this part, we'll explore how to save a YouTube video using a screen recorder.

Blu-ray Master Screen Recorder is designed to run on Windows PC or Mac and record anything on the screen. Apart from recording your screen, this screen recording program can also be used to capture a video or sections of a video from websites such as YouTube, Vimeo, Facebook, etc. You can also use it to download the MP3 audio file from YouTube for offline playback.

Step 1

To download Blu-ray Master Screen Recorder, just click the Free Download button above. Then, open the setup.exe file and then install it on your computer.

Step 2

Launch the screen recorder on your computer, and then hit on the Video Recorder mode.

Video Recorder

Step 3

Before saving YouTube videos to your computer, you can set your preferences for recording videos by clicking the Gear icon. In the Preferences window, you can configure the video quality, video codec, frame rate, cursor settings, hotkeys, video format, screenshot format, plus more.

Output preferences

Step 4

After that, you can adjust the size of the recording area. You can choose to record the full screen, or select a portion to record the YouTube video. If you need to capture the audio and your voice, you should toggle on the System Sound and Microphone option.

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Step 5

Then, find and play the video that you want to capture. When you are ready, go back to the program and then click the REC button to start recording.

Once the recording is over, click on the Stop button to end it. Then, you will come to the preview window where you can trim/cut the video, adjust audio volume, or re-record the video. When you're satisfied with the result, click Save to export it to your computer.

Preview and trim

Part 3. FAQs of Downloading YouTube Videos with VLC

Is downloading YouTube videos legal?

YouTube states that you shall not copy, reproduce, distribute, transmit, broadcast, display, sell, license, or otherwise exploit any Content for any other purposes without the prior written consent of YouTube or the respective licensors of the Content. But if you just want to download and save YouTube videos for personal use, it would be considered legal.

Can I use VLC to record the video?

Yes, it can be used as a screen recorder to record the screen and video on your computer. To know more detailed information, you can check out this article: VLC Screen Capture – Record Desktop and Video with Audio.

How do I convert YouTube videos to MP4?

YouTube to MP4 converter software allows you to convert YouTube videos to MP4. You can use the desktop software like Video Converter Ultimate or try an online tool like Free Online Video Converter to make the conversion from YouTube toMP4.


Hopefully, these methods have been useful in downloading YouTube videos. If VLC media player is not able to download the videos from YouTube, you can use the Blu-ray Master Screen Recorder to save the YouTube videos for easy playback.

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