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  1. ˝ way to Rigel 7 cornemuse's Avatar
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    I have not dl'ed from youtube for a few years. I tried recently to dl this:

    All I want is the audio portion, I would convert it to mp3.

    Things have changed at youtube, & I cant figure out how to dl anthing from there.

    Used to be, going through the right hand side list, picking the largest file size to dl gave the best audio quality.

    Found a site where one installs their software, then go to their page & paste youtube page in their box to dl. I am suspicious of this, is this the new way to do things?

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  2. Youtube-dl keeps up-to-date with the changes so you don't have to. If YouTube changes, youtube-dl prompts to update itself.

    To avoid having to remember the commandline options, I created a few batch files, for instance:

    - Audio only:
    youtube-dl.exe --no-mtime --console-title ^
    -o "D:\download\%%(title)s (%%(uploader)s) v=%%(id)s.%%(ext)s" ^
    -f "bestaudio[ext=m4a]/best" ^
    -- %1
    Video+audio, mp4 720p:
    youtube-dl.exe --no-mtime --console-title ^
    -o "D:\download\%%(title)s (%%(uploader)s) -%%(height)s v=%%(id)s.%%(ext)s" ^
    -f "best[height<=?720]+bestaudio[ext=m4a]/best[ext=mp4]/best" ^
    -- %1
    To use, call the batch file with the YouTube ID.
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    EDIT except in this case, I get garbage audio...
    EDIT haha, joke's on me -- the glitch is in the source. It works fine.
    Last edited by raffriff42; 30th Dec 2017 at 16:38.
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  3. I used youtube-dl with the extract audio command:
    So the final code to download is (see screenshot 1):
    youtube-dl --extract-audio
    This downloads the audio in the ogg vorbis format.
    If you want to download as regular mp3, use this command (conversion process may take a few minutes):
    --extract-audio --audio-format mp3
    So the final code to download is:
    youtube-dl --extract-audio --audio-format mp3
    You need to have ffmpeg in the folder with youtube-dl (see screenshot 2).
    Link to mp3 audio (both ogg vorbis and mp3 are the same file size):
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    Last edited by jimdagys; 30th Dec 2017 at 20:31.
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  4. ˝ way to Rigel 7 cornemuse's Avatar
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    I'll try the "youtube-dl-gui" first!!

    I have Audacity on another 'not connected to i-net' comp, it seems very good at converting files. I use it mainly for ripping LP's (records) & cleaning them up, , , ,

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  5. Jihosoft 4K Video Downloader is one of the tools which you should have if you are looking to enjoy YouTube videos offline. Not only is it limited to YouTube, but it can also download high-quality videos from other online sites such as Facebook, SoundCloud, Flickr, Tumbler, Dailymotion, Vimeo, and more. You can extract videos from YouTube in different qualities depending on your preference. They include M4A, MP3, and OCG.

    The tool is a free video downloader, but it also has a paid version that allows you to do more things you want to do, such as subscribing to your favorite YouTube channel, downloading entire channels and playlists.

    How to download YouTube videos via Jihosoft 4K Video Downloader:
    • Download and Install Jihosoft 4K Video Downloader on your computer.
    • Open YouTube and copy the video address you’d like to download.
    • Open the 4KVD application and copy the link on the address bar located on the top left side.
    • Click the option format to choose the video quality of your preference. However, the highest quality will be automatically selected, but you can change it.
    • Hit download to start the process.

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