Kickyoutube – Easy download solution for YouTube

YouTube does contain some questionable content, but it also contains some excellent video resources that can be very useful for classroom use and for use in projects. Waiting for a video to load when our connections are slow can take an age and makes its use ineffective.

Solution.  Download the video from YouTube using a conversion tool. I’ve spoken of keepvid before which has been my preferred option. This has involved me going to the keepvid site and copying and pasting the YouTube url once I’m there.

Better solutionAlec Couras, ably assisted by Melanie Gibb, alerted me on Twitter to kickyoutube. It is quite simply the easiest method I’ve seen yet to download a video to a different format. All you need to do is delete the ‘au.’  (or www.) in the url and type the word ‘kick’ in front of the word ‘youtube’  and then press enter.  Kickyoutube is enabled and you are presented with a toolbar with differing options for file conversion.  You select your preferred option and press go and your download begins. Dead simple. There are even options for conversions for the iPhone and PSP as well as the garden variety options.  Some options may not be available at the time and they will not be highlighted if that is the case.
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The following screencast gives a good visual explanation of how it works;

Richard Byrne, who writes at Free Technology for Teachers, has posted recently about YouTube’s new initiative with downloads. Here’s what he reported;

YouTube is introducing a download option on some videos. I haven’t seen any official announcements from YouTube, but there are some videos on YouTube that now have a small download link located just below play menu.   

This is an even easier option, but like Richard says, it’s not available for all videos at the moment. All you need to do is click on the download link and a file download to MPEG 4 format begins.

 We may not even need to do this with some changes that are afoot. We are moving from a 2mg internet connection to  20mg and I can’t wait to see what a difference that is going to make for our school and our connectivity. I’m expecting great things! 

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4 Responses to “Kickyoutube – Easy download solution for YouTube”
  1. Amanda Ritter says:

    Can’t wait to give this a try – I am going mad with all the buffering problems so this will be a great solution! Thanks for the info:)

  2. natashag09 says:

    It’s brilliant – quick and easy. Downloaded my favourite salsa video to the computer, then transfered to ipod touch and now i’m enjoying watching it and… practising salsa 😉

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