YouTube is a great resource. Not many sites allow users to freely upload, view and share video clips as YouTube does. YouTube even lets users easily embed videos on their blogs and personal web sites. But because anyone can upload a video clip on YouTube, copyright violations are rampant.
In an effort to prevent the widespread distribution of illegally copied video files, YouTube encodes its video files in the Adobe Flash format, which prevents viewers from downloading files and making digital copies.
But what if you really need to download a YouTube clip? What if you’re worried that YouTube might delete such viral classics as WTF – Country Hip-Hop Dancing, Ninja Cat Fail or Crazy Kid Jumps Bus? Don’t worry, not only can you save them to your hard drive, but you can even convert them into an iPad, iPhone or iPod compatible video file.
Here’s a step-by-step @methodshop tutorial on how to rip video files off YouTube and convert them for an iPod, iPad or iPhone. This trick will work on Mac or PC using Firefox or Internet Explorer.