How many times has it happened that we came across an interesting YouTube video that we want to download and copy to one of our mobile devices? The target unit may be a notebook, tablet, or smartphone. Probably the intention is to conveniently share it with friends and family. Or it may be for our personal consumption.
More often than not, this involves a two stage procedure of downloading the YouTube video file and then converting it to a format that is compatible with the device in question. And since YouTube video files are in FLV format, an FLV converter is necessary.
What is FLV?
FLV is one of two flash video files, the other one being F4V. Although both formats are supported in Adobe Flash Player, FLV is more popular due to its compatibility with Adobe Flash Player 6 to 11. Needless to say, the majority of YouTube files are in this format.
Downloading YouTube Video
The present crop of YouTube download software can handle both FLV and F4V files. In fact, they can be used to download web video from MSN, Google, Myspace, and other sources. A salient feature of this tool is the efficient downloading of flash video files. And, more often than not, there is a facility to convert FLV and F4V to MP4, MPG AVI, 3GP, etc.
The Process of File Conversion
The procedure is rather straightforward. We just have to choose the particular FLV or F4V file to convert and the format that it will be converted to. If the intention is view the file in an android phone, then conversion to MP4 or 3GP is in order. For notebooks with Windows 7 OS, the file recognition capability of the media player will dictate the format.
Sourcing of the Downloading/Conversion Software
Freeware of this type is available in the internet. Other conversion software can be acquired at a reasonable price. Oftentimes, they can be used for free on a trial (limited period) basis.
Online Conversion of YouTube Videos
It is also possible to have an online conversion of YouTube videos to your preferred format. There are sites that allow this. You simply have to select the file (or URL) for conversion, indicate the format that you wish to convert to, and key in your email address. You will receive the converted file in your mailbox in no time.
The downloading and conversion of YouTube videos is not a complicated procedure provided you have the proper tools on hand. This allows you the flexibility to copy and view these multimedia files in your preferred device.
Author Bio:- Peter McBride is a longtime YouTube viewer and a gadget fanatic. He has the latest MacBook Air and iPhone 4s, where he stores his favorite YouTube files. He makes use of an FLV downloader and FLV converter for this purpose.