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How to Download YouTube Streaming Videos in VLC Media Player

Fiona Kaufman 2020/10/23 Record Video

Can I download YouTube videos with VLC?

Of course, you can.

Name is often misleading, so judge not by name.

So is VLC Media Player.

VLC Media Player is not only a media player, but it can be also a YouTube video downloader through its hidden features.

You might be wondering: How do I download YouTube videos with VLC?

That is pretty easy.

Follow the step-by-step guide below and use VLC to download YouTube streaming videos effortlessly.

VLC YouTube Download
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Part 1. How to Download YouTube Videos in VLC

Though VLC is not a professional video downloader to save YouTube videos, it can help you rip YouTube videos and export them on the computer via its streaming and playing functions. Here are 2 methods of how to make it.

Rip YouTube Videos in VIC by Streaming

1. Open VLC on your computer, go to Media at the top toolbar and select Open Network Stream.

Open Network Stream

2. Copy and paste the YouTube video URL into the bar under Network Protocol.

Paste Youtube Url

3. Click on the down-arrow associated with the Play button and select Stream.

Select Stream In VLC

4. Then the Source information will be shown, just click Next.

Select Next VLC

5. In the Destination Setup window, make sure that the New destination is selected as File. Then click Add.

Destination Setup File VLC

6. In the pop-up window, you should click Browse next to Filename to locate where you save the downloaded YouTube video and give the file name. After that, click Next to continue.

Destinatio File Name

7. In the Transcoding Options window, select the exported YouTube video format by clicking the drop-down option of Profile. As usual, click Next.

Select Youtube Video Format In VLC

8. Here, you just need to click Stream and the downloading process will start.

Stream Download Youtube Videos In VLC

You can check the downloading progress and seconds timer to know if the video has been downloaded successfully. After that, you can check the location you set for storing the YouTube downloads to open and play it.

Export YouTube Movies in VLC by Playing

All the YouTube streaming videos that can be played in VLC will be available to download.

Let’s dive right in.

1. Launch VLC on your computer and click Media at the top to select Open Network Stream.

Open Network Stream

2. Copy and paste the YouTube video URL into the bar under Network Protocol.

Paste Youtube URL

3. Click on the down-arrow associated with the Play button to make sure Play selected.

Select Play In VLC

4. Once the YouTube video starts playing, go to Tools at the toolbar, and select Codec Information.

Select Codec Information

5. Copy the full URL (It is usually long) next to Location, and paste it in the address bar via your browser.

Paste Youtube Video URl In Browser

6. Press Ctrl + S (Or right-click the mouse to select Save video as) to give the video name and choose a location to save it.

Download Youtube Video In VLC

That’s done.

Part 2. VLC Not Downloading YouTube Videos? Here Are Solutions

The above ways are the common ways that can help you get YouTube streaming videos downloaded on your computer.

There’s only one caveat: Most videos on YouTube are copyrighted, but VLC can only download those videos with a free license.

As a result, many of you may find VLC is not working to download YouTube videos and pops up the error message:

VLC is unable to open the MRL (xxxxxxxx). Check the log for details. VLC Not Downloading Youtube Videos

There are no official solutions to this problem from VLC official help guide.

You can save yourself the frustration by using other YouTube video downloader tools.

Vidmore Screen Recorder is the best YouTube grabber software, which can save any YouTube videos for offline viewing later. Compared with those YouTube downloaders, the recording way can keep any YouTube video you are playing in your browser, while those YouTube video downloaders may fail to access all the videos.

Vidmore Screen Recorder -YouTube Video DownloaderVidmore Screen Recorder -YouTube Video Downloader

  • Rip video from YouTube, Twitch, Netflix, etc.
  • Grab audio from YouTube separately.
  • Export YouTube video as MP4, MP3, MOV, etc.
  • Save live YouTube video for offline playback.
Vidmore Screen Recorder -YouTube Video Downloader

Let’s streamline the process.

Step 1: Install YouTube recorder on a computer

Download the YouTube video grabber from the above download buttons. It supports Windows and Mac computer so that you can download YouTube videos on Mac with ease.

Run this software and select Video Recorder.

Select Video Recorder

Step 2: Capture a YouTube video

Firstly, you should select the recording area. Just play the YouTube video that you want to save and click Full or Custom to confirm the video region that you want to save.

Then turn on System Sound and disable Microphone to keep the YouTube audio only and avoid any noise around you.

Video Recorder

To output YouTube video as a format you need, just click the gear icon to open Preferences, where you can make the settings of output format, quality, mouse clicks, hotkeys, etc.

Output Preferences

Step 3: Record and save YouTube video

When everything is done, just click the red REC button to begin recording the YouTube video you are playing.

The floating bar while recording enables you to edit the recording file.

Record Youtube Video File

To stop a video recording, just click the stop button and it will direct you to the preview window, where you can use the clip feature optionally to cut down YouTube video and click Save to export it.

Save Youtube Video File

Though VLC is not mighty as Vidmore Screen Recorder, it can record YouTube videos. (VLC not recording?)

Part 3. FAQs of VLC Downloading YouTube Videos

How to download YouTube videos in VLC on Android?

Such hidden features as recording, converting, and downloading are only available for Windows, Mac, and Linux users. As for Android users, VLC can only work as a media player and cannot download videos.

How to Convert YouTube to MP3 in VLC?

Similar to downloading YouTube videos, you just need to select MP3 as the output format from the drop-down option of Profile in Part 1. If you want to convert downloaded YouTube videos to MP3, check it here.

Can VLC download subtitles?

Yes. While you watch a video in VLC without subtitle, you can click the Subtitle option and select the Download subtitles option. Then VLC will start searching for the closed captions file online and add the captions to the currently playing movie.

Conclusion

There are many secret features in VLC Media Player and downloading streaming videos is one of them. This page shows the step-by-step guide to save YouTube videos with VLC. However, due to the YouTube copyright protection, many videos may fail to download from YouTube. No worry and this page also recommends a YouTube recorder, Vidmore Screen Recorder, to help you save videos from any websites easily.

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