Yesterday I downloaded some youtube files and converted them into .flv files using voobys (http://www.voobys.com/) by just replacing youtube with voobys in the url.
I then tried a freeware app but moved to vlc.
The problem I am having is that some of the .flv files are unclear after they have been downloaded, but clear when viewed in youtube. I am looking at videos relating to databases and the authors are showing their laptop screens and it's difficult to read the code they are working with.
Any ideas if there is a fix to this? Is vlc the best freeware for this or is this something to do with the way voobys is converting the file to .flv? In other words, is there a way to get to see the quality the same as youtube (for free of course!)?
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Thanks. I will give it a go soon and feedback to the forum...
Use FireFox and the Download Helper plugin to download videos from Youtube. That gives you a direct copy of what's at Youtube. You can pick the resolution you want (out of those that Youtube has).
That was just some random video at Youtube. The highest resolution available for that video was 854x480. But many are available to 1280x720 or 1920x1080.
Thanks for all your advice. I tried http://keephd.com/, click to download other formats and picked the highest resolution.
I also tried Download Helper for Firefox https://addons.mozilla.org/en-US/firefox/addon/video-downloadhelper/ which had an option to save as .mp4 file which was really good quality.