How to Download YouTube Video in VLC Media Player

By Wilson Kendal | Updated on Sep 21, 2020

How to Download YouTube Video in VLC

Developed by VideoLAN, VLC Media Player is a professional and free-to-use media player platform which is highly compatible with various operating systems such as Android, iOS, and Windows, etc.

Even though VLC Media Player is an open-source software, it is designed with many simple-to-use functions. For many people, it is one of the most widely used platform for streaming media content. But actually, VLC can also be used to download videos from platforms like YouTube! In this blog, I will show you the exact way to do it. Keep on reading.

CONTENT Part 1. How to Download Video in VLC Media PlayerPart 2. Why I Failed to Download YouTube Video Using VLC?Part 3. Alternative to VLC to Download YouTube Videos

Part 1. How to Download Video in VLC Media Player

I know now you have a common question: after introducing the features of VLC Media Player, how to download videos with VLC Media Player? Below to provide you the best answer. Let's take downloading YouTube video as an instance.

Step 1. Install VLC Media Player
The first preparation of using VLC Media Player to download videos is to have VLC Media Player in the desktop. Therefore, please open the official website of VLC Media Player and select one version from the drop-down list displayed on the yellow Download button.

Install VLC Media Player

Step 2. Copy and Paste the URL of the YouTube Video
Next, please go to YouTube and search for the video that you would like to download. Please open the web page of the video and copy its URL from the searching bar.

Subsequently, please navigate to VLC Media Player. If you are a Windows user, please click on Media >> Open Network Stream. If you are a Mac user, please follow File >> Open Network. On the pop-up window, please paste the URL of the YouTube video to the URL bar and click on Open.

Paste URL to VLC

Step 3. Copy the Direct URL of the YouTube Video
From the last step, you will be shown a video which is automatically opened by VLC Media Player. Please select Window >> Media Information if you are a Mac user. Otherwise, select Tools >> Codec Information. Then please copy the URL from Location in the bottom of the pop-up window.

Copy the Direct URL

Step 4. Download the YouTube Video
Now, with the URL, please open a new tab on your browser and paste the URL to the searching bar. Click on Enter and you will be directed to the video page. Please right click on the video and choose Download Video As. Choose a location to save the YouTube video and click on Save.

Download the Video in VLC

Part 2. Why I Failed to Download YouTube Video Using VLC?

With these steps, I believe it will be easy for you to download YouTube videos with VLC Media Player. However, if you meet some problems while using, don't worry! First, please repeat the above steps to download the YouTube videos with VLC Media Player once again. This is to avoid the problem of not completing the right process.

If you are following exactly the instruction, there are two common problems reflected by users.

Problem 1: Users get a file named "file" instead of gaining a playable video.
If this is your situation, please add a suffix of ".mp4" or ".avi" after your file while you are asked to name the file. Furthermore, video converter can shoot the problem by converting the file into MP4 format.

Problem 2: Some YouTube videos can't be downloaded by VLC Media Player.
If you face with this problem, please check whether the video is age restricted. If yes, what you can do is just to follow the YouTube policies, and you can't download the YouTube video with VLC Media Player. What you can try is to use VLC alternatives.

YouTube Age Restriction

Part 3. Alternative to VLC to Download YouTube Videos

To solve the second problem mentioned above, this blog recommends an out-performing and reliable alternative to VLC to download and save YouTube videos. It is VideoHunter which is popular and owning a lot of attractive features.

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Below are the steps of using VideoHunter to download YouTube videos.

Step 1. Install videoHunter
Please install VideoHunter on your desktop at first. If you are a Windows user, please click on the Windows icon; otherwise, select the Apple icon. Then please click on Download. You can experience the free trial before deciding to purchase VideoHunter.

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Step 2. Copy and Paste the Link of the YouTube Video
Please go to YouTube and search for the YouTube video that you want to download. Then copy its link from the searching bar of the video page. Next, open VideoHunter on your desktop and activate Downloader. Please follow the indication and paste the link of the YouTube video.

If you don't want the location that is selected by VideoHunter, you can change the location by going to Output section. Then please tap Analyze.

Paste URL to VideoHunter

Step 3. Download the YouTube Video
After the last step, you will be asked to select the output format and quality for your video. Please choose your preferred format and quality based on your need and click on Download. Subsequently, VideoHunter will analyze the video link automatically and output it to your preferred format and quality.

Select Outout Format and Quality

With VLC Media Player and the complement to VLC Media Player, I think you are fully prepared for downloading YouTube videos. Oh, no! You are fully prepared for downloading videos from over 1,000 sites. With a large range of choices, be free in mind and stream your videos! Download whenever you want!

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