Part 1: Batch Download and Convert Youtube Videos for VJing

Update:  Check out the latest  post on this subject here:


old_UPDATED: As of DECEMBER 2013 This method of downloading will no longer work due to Youtube’s modification of how videos are streamed.  I have created and updated thread HERE with the most up to date method of downloading.  The rest of this post will remain for those who are investigating multiple techniques.  Thanks ProjectileObjects

Ripping Videos from Youtube for VJing  Batch downloading and converting on your MAC

Note: This workflow used to be flawless, but with youtube and their partners making constant changes to combat this, it is best to stay on top of the latest versions for all the software listed below.  Additionally, some videos just won’t download in a batch. To get around this check out my other Tutorial “Downloading from Vimeo.”   Thanks for visiting.

Download Firefox if you don’t already have it.

Open Firefox and go to:    and install the latest version.   It should ask you to restart firefox.

Once Firefox restarts go to youtube and search for what you are looking for:
tut001_Step 3 Searching

Right-click (ctrl+click mac) to the right of the video links and click BYTubeD, if your browser takes you to a youtube video go back and right click somewhere else on the page.
tut001_Step 4 Opening BYTubeD
A window should pop up that looks like this:

projectile_tutorial.001_0_0002_Step 5 Interface

Select the videos that you want (Sort through quality and clip length)

  •     – Set your video format to MP4 if it isn’t already, FLV’s and WebM formats are a little more tedious to convert.
  •     – Set your video quality to the highest 1080p HD this will download the best quality that the video has to offer even if the video is only 480p.
  •     – Where is says “What To Do?” Click Enqueue for Download unless you don’t have the speed or time to  wait for all of your clips.
  •     – Then choose your destination / Click Browse to change.
  •     – (Ignore Selection Filter for the time being)
  •     – And Click Start

projectile_tutorial.001_0_0003_Step 6 Selection

A Little window should pop up with any errors. Mark those down, otherwise your downloads queue should pop up and begin downloading all of your selected videos.

projectile_tutorial.001_0_0004_Step 7 Downloading

If you don’t have an editing software installed on your system visit here:   and download Apples ProApps Quicktime Codecs.

Once the downloading is completed. Open up your encoder / converter program.  We recommend MPEG StreamClip:

From the top menu select “List” — “Batch List”  or command+b

A blank list will appear, now go to your downloads folder and select all of the clips and drag them over to the blank list.

A window will pop up, choose “Export to QuickTime” and Hit OK

projectile_tutorial.001_0_0005_Step 8 MPEG Batch

Select a destination.

Now a Movie Exporter window should appear with a variety of settings.

Change Compression to Apple Intermediate Codec

Set Quality to 100%

Set Sound: Uncompressed or No Sound

Set Frame Size to Unscaled, in this case it says 1920×1080, but this will change with different aspect ratios.

Un-check Interlaced Scaling and leave the rest of the check boxes blank.

It should look like this:

projectile_tutorial.001_0_0006_Step 9 Settings

Before you hit “To Batch”, go to the bottom where it says Presets… and click that.  We are going to make this easy for the next time.

Click New and give it a name.

Now click To Batch

All of your clips are now waiting for you to hit “Go”

They will process and then you are done.

projectile_tutorial.001_0_0007_Step 10 Export

Also feel free to drag more clips in and use the previous settings.

Hope that helps leave questions or comments below.

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