How to Download Video to a Computer

By Kefa Olang

Updated September 28, 2017

With the rise of online video sharing websites, you can enjoy the luxury of watching videos of all kinds of genres, including action, comedy, viral and reality. You can also download your favorite videos to your computer and upload to video editing programs, other websites and portable media players without paying a dime.

Go to the video sharing website of your choice. You can choose from many video sharing websites, such as YouTube, DailyMotion and Vimeo.

Locate the video you want to download and click it to begin playback. As the video is playing, scroll down and locate the "URL" window. The window contains the video's URL address.

Right-click the video URL address window and click "Select all." Right-click the window again and click "Copy."

Open a new browser window and go to a video downloading website such as or (see Resources).

Right-click the URL window and click "Paste" to paste the video URL address you copied from the video sharing website. Click "Download" to validate the video.

Select the video format to download the video to. You can select from formats such as FLV (Flash video) or "MP4."

Click "Download" again and click "Save." Select the folder you want to save the video file to on your computer and name the file whatever you want. Click "Save." The video file is ripped from the video sharing website and downloaded to your computer.

Double-click the video file from the location you saved it to to begin playback.