There’s a really useful Firefox plugin called the Easy YouTube Video Downloader by Dishita. Here’s the direct link on the Firefox Add-Ons Directory. Once installed, it allows you to download MP4 and MP3 versions of any video on YouTube. That’s super handy if one my streams is not recorded properly at my end. Let me tell you, it’s always good to have a local backup of things!
With the free version we can download MP3 files in 128Kbps and MP4 files in 720p. Higher resolutions are available with the Pro Version, for which you can make a voluntary donation. It’ll work immediately after you’ve made a payment, by clicking a link provided to you via email.
Trouble is, every once in a while (usually after a Firefox update), the Pro Version reverts back to the Free Version, and you’re stuck without all your paid for Pro Features. How do we get them back without paying again?
I’ve just found out – and I thought I’d remind us all how this works.
When we watch a video online, we usually get an option to pick a quality/resolution at the bottom right of the player. It’s often represented by a little gear icon that lets us choose either “auto” or a specific format like 480p or 720p.
But when we watch a live stream, those options might vary or be completely absent.
In this article I’ll discuss why that is and how different services deal with Quality Options in Live Streams.
When I do live streams on YouTube, I frequently forget to record my programme locally. I guess there’s just so many buttons to press in the heat of the moment.
Hence I was looking for a way to extract full 1080p HD footage from YouTube, ideally both for my own files as well as those from other users.
Right now (February 2019), YouTube only allows me to download a 720p version of my own clips, and a YouTube Premium subscription is required to download other users’ footage. Either way, my desktop streams are usually 1080p, and that’s what I’d like to download for local archiving.
I hunted around for a solution, and doing a quick Google search presented several contenders – many of which no longer work since YouTube have once again re-jigged some aspect of their operation. Most solutions, online and offline, can handle 720p for free, but again that’s not what I was looking for.
In this episode I’ll show you how to find the URL to your own YouTube Playlists in Creator Studio Classic. At the time of recording, Playlists cannot be accessed or shared from YouTube Studio Beta on a desktop browser. I will also show you how to share a playlist with the YouTube Studio iOS App, in which this feature is implemented.
For several times I’ve experienced an issue with the YouTube Creator Studio Classic, in which I can’t seem to schedule new videos. The error manifests after hitting upload, with all appearance options available except for Scheduled (so Public, Unlisted and Private are all available, but Scheduled is greyed out).
So what’s going on here? I already know that once a video is made Public, it cannot be scheduled anymore for obvious reasons. But both Private and Unscheduled videos, if they’ve never been Public should still be schedulable, right? If that is a word…
Turns out there’s an easy fix to this glitch. I’ve discovered it by accident so I thought I’d share how to rectify this:
choose Private from the menu
hit Save Changes
examine the previous menu
the Scheduled option is now available 🙂
That was easy!
Here’s hoping the issue will have been eliminated by the time YouTube Studio Beta goes live in 2019. Until then, we can use the above workaround.
When the other party receives the link, all they have to do is click on a SUBSCRIBE or CANCEL button.
If a user is already subscribed to the channel, no message appears. If a user is not logged into YouTube, they will be prompted to do so after the above dialogue (and then they’ll subscribe to the channel).
I’ve seen a lot of web interfaces in my time. YouTube’s has got to be one of the worst ever. Fact! I am frequently shocked how unintuitive the simplest of things are, and how cumbersome and ugly the whole design is.
In this episode I’ll show you four ways of finding your YouTube Channel’s URL. I’ll also explain why there are three types of YouTube Channel URLs, and what the query parameters are that you can append.
Just in case watching videos isn’t your thing, or you’re in a hurry, I thought I’d include some written instructions as well 🙂
Something rather strange happened to me today: Safari 10 on macOS Sierra refused to let me login to YouTube. All it did was constantly refresh the page in an endless loop, or just display the front page of YouTube. I cleared the caches, reset the history, but no trick seemed to solve the problem.
When I dug deeper into the Preferences, I found something under Privacy that finally fixed it. Let me share with you what worked on my system.
head over to Safari – Preferences
select the Privacy tab
you’ll see a window like this one:
select Manage Website Data
after a few moments you’ll see a LONG list of websites that have saved cookies on your machine over time
in the top right corner, search for YouTube
you’ll see something like this:
select the YouTube.com entry and hit Remove, followed by Done
now surf back to YouTube and login – this time it’ll work
What we’ve just removed were not just cookies, but also HTML local storage data, as well as cache data specific to the YouTube website. I guess cached stuff can get outdated, or not properly deleted when we close our browser in a hurry.
The principle should work for other websites too, should they give you trouble. If you’re sick and tired of any website saving data to your system, consider switching to the “Always Block” option seen in the first screen shot.
In this screencast I’ll show you how to embed YouTube and Vimeo videos into your WordPress posts. There’s no need to copy and paste code snippets and position them anymore, thanks to a technology called oEmbed (sometimes called auto embed).
WordPress parses the URL to your videos and adds the code needed to display those automatically – it even adjusts the width (if supported by your theme).
oEmbed works with a variety of services, and while I’m at it I’ll show you how to embed items from YouTube, Vimeo, Flickr and Twitter. For a full list of supported services take a look at this: