youtube-dl and Video DownloadHelper


Online video streaming is a very common activity for the current availability of the Internet service. Downloading the video from the web service such as YouTube is one of the common activities among the Internet users.

There are two powerful tools I am using for downloading these videos: youtube-dl and Video DownloadHelper.

youtube-dl is a command-line utility which allows to download various formats of the video available on the webpage; Video DownloadHelper offers similar feature as youtube-dl, yet it is a Firefox addon. Both tools support various websites, not only YouTube alone.

In my opinion, youtube-dl though is a command-line utility, it is more powerful than Video DownloadHelper. Firstly, it can download video from YouTube by choosing different combination of video format and audio format, then it will merge the video and audio together as one file. This provides a freedom to decide our own video format. Secondly, youtube-dl is able to use “generic” method to download the video from a website, if the website is not supported. That means, if Video DownloadHelper cannot detect the streaming video, then we can try to use youtube-dl.

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OK… another not so big deal (since when there’re “big deal” posts anyway??) post…
see… I was talking to my brother the other day, about downloader in linux (particularly ubuntu, that I’m using),
then, my brother recommended me to try out jdownloader
especially, sometimes, I use the firefox flashgot, and sometimes, it failed to resume,
normally I do download clips from youtube, and so on, those with flash player…
so, this one fine day, when I’m so fed up with flashgot,
I went online and search for jdownloader,
ooh… it’s not in the usual ubuntu software center…
so, I search…
(ok, you can find out from the link, and see how to do the installation, even tech-dumb people like me, will be able to install…)
there, I can download easily…
but according to my brother, he uses it, for download like megaupload, and rapidshare… (which I rarely use though…)