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How to Download YouTube Videos with VLC in 3 Simple ways?


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Without charging, VLC is a powerful media player that is often used to fix video files with small glitches and stream videos. But some of you may not know it can be used to download videos as well.

In this article, we’ll introduce how to download YouTube videos with VLC in 3 simple ways. Also, you can learn more tips when it’s not working and when the downloaded videos not playing.

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Part 1: How to Download YouTube Videos with VLC?

Now you know how versatile the VLC Media Player is. And let’s check out the three methods that you can try to get YouTube videos with VLC.

01 Download YouTube Videos with VLC by Using File Location

The first method requires you to locate the video, which means you need to get the URL first. After that, the built-in feature of VLC allows you to download and stream the video with the pasted URL.

Here’s how to download YouTube videos with VLC (for Windows & Mac):

For Windows:

Step 1: Copy the URL of the YouTube video you want to download.

Step 2: Click Media of VLC, choose Open Network Stream.

open network stream vlc

Step 3: Paste the copied URL as instructed, then hit Play for VLC to start analyzing the content.

paste url vlc

Step 4: When the video is played, turn to the menu and click Tools, then Codec Information.

codec information vlc

Step 5: At the bottom of the window, there is the Location where you should find a URL, copy it anyway.

copy location information vlc

Step 6: Open your browser, paste the URL to open it.

Step 7: When the video is loading, right-click on it and find Save Video As to download the video to your PC.

For Mac:

Step 1: Copy the URL of the YouTube video.

Step 2: Turn to VLC for Mac, click File, then Open Network.

open network vlc mac

Step 3: In the new window, paste the copied URL and hit Open.

paste url vlc mac

Step 4: After the video is played, from the menu, choose Windows, and then Media Information.

media information vlc mac

Step 5: As before, copy the URL shown in the Location bar.

Step 6: Paste the new URL to the address bar of the opened browser to enter it.

Step 7: When the video starts to load, right-click on it and select Save Video As, which can then save the YouTube video to your Mac.

save video as vlc mac

02 Download YouTube Videos with VLC by Streaming the Video

By streaming the YouTube video to a file using the streaming feature of VLC, you’re still able to get the YouTube video and enjoy it offline.

Here’s how to download YouTube videos with VLC Media Player by Streaming:

Step 1: Copy the URL of the YouTube video.

Step 2: Visit VLC, click on Media tab, then Open Network Stream to paste the URL.

open network stream vlc media player

Step 3: From the below option, change to select Stream instead of Play.

stream video vlc

Step 4: In the next window, keep clicking Next until the Option Setup screen shows up form you to click Stream.

stream output vlc

Step 5: Click Browse to change the file name, then click Next.

Step 6: Toggle on the Activate Transcoding, then choose the output format you want next to the Profile option. Click Next.

activate transcoding vlc

Step 7: By clicking the Stream again, VLC will start to process and download the YouTube video for you.

click to stream video vlc

03 Download YouTube Videos with VLC by Recording the Video

Without copying the URL and go through a series of procedures, you can still download the YouTube videos, which is by recording the video using this powerful VLC. The shortcut may be you can’t control the resolution and clarity of the recorded video.

Here’s how to download a YouTube video with VLC by Recording:

Step 1: Open VLC to click the Media tab, then select Convert/Save.

convert and save of vlc

Step 2: Choose the Capture Device that shows up.

Step 3: In the next window, click Capture Device located at the right corner, and select Desktop.

capture device of vlc

Step 4: Choose the frame rate from Desired frame rate inside Capture menu.

Step 5: Click Convert / Save and turn to name the file, select the destination.

Step 6: Click Save, then Start to begin the recording process with VLC.

Part 2: How to Fix When VLC Not Downloading YouTube Videos?

When you try to download YouTube videos with VLC using the above methods, there are chances that VLC is not working to download the YouTube videos for you. And here’s simple methods that you must try to let VLC work again.

01 Update VLC Version

Keeping the VLC up-to-date is important for it to be compatible with the requirements you suggest. And for YouTube videos not downloading on VLC, trying to update to the latest version may fix the problem.

update the vlc

Here’s how to update VLC version:

Step 1: Launch the VLC, then choose Help and select Check for Updates.

Step 2: Follow the instructions to make the update successfully.

02 Disable Cookies Forwarding

As this default settings of VLC will cause data loss, make sure that you’ve fully backed up the stored files first before heading to this solution. Ensuring a strong Internet connection at the same time.

 toggle off codec forwarding of vlc

Here’s how to disable cookies forwarding:

Step 1: Select Tools tab when open VLC.

Step 2: Choose Preferences in the given choices.

Step 3: Click Input/Codecs for it to fully unfold, then Access modules tab.

Step 4: From the HTTPS, uncheck the Cookies forwarding.

03 Reset VLC preferences

You may have tried different methods, and some may cause potential conflicts that you may not know. So, to ensure that every action you make can be applied successfully, try to reset the VLC preferences and start again is recommended.

reset preferences of vlc

Here’s how to reset VLC preferences:

Step 1: Follow from Tools tab to enter the Preference window.

Step 2: At the bottom of Interface, find Reset Preferences and choose it.

Step 3: Confirm by clicking OK.

Bonus: How to Fix Downloaded Videos Not Playing?

After ruling out all potential threats that may prevent you from downloading YouTube videos with VLC, the next problem you may run into is: The downloaded YouTube video is not playing.

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And here are 3 ways on how to download YouTube videos with VLC. Also, you can learn how to fix when VLC not downloading YouTube videos and how to fix downloaded videos not playing. Try all these methods to ensure a better video playback!

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