I think I use VLC Media Player as much if not more than any program in my pretty substantial arsenal.
Why you ask?
Well first, its free. Second, I hate to listen to slow video presentations and I love the fact that I can play almost any video at faster speed than it was recorded. This allows me to digest a 60 minute video in about 35-40 minutes with complete comprehension.
But even I did not know I could download youtube and vimeo videos to my drive to watch later at whatever speed (and whatever device) I like.
There are several capable free downloaders available for YouTube. But, VLC has this feature built in. Though it’s not a one-click downloader and you will have to take the help of your browser.
- Click on Media > Open Network stream.
- Paste the YouTube URL and click the Play button in the player.
- VLC Media Player starts streaming the video. Now, click Tools > Codec Informationand at the bottom of the window you will see a Location box.
- Copy the long URL in the box and paste this into your browser’s address bar. The browser will now start playing the video file. You can download the video file to your desktop by doing a Save video as with a right-click on the video. Or you can choose to record the video.