Latest YouTube update stops video downloads
If you’ve been trying to use PC User’s YouGrab video downloader (or any download manager) on YouTube in the last few days and wondering why it’s not working, Google has made changes to the way YouTube works and the changes have blocked the processes used to enable YouTube video downloading.
So in short, until someone finds a way around it, you won’t be able to download YouTube videos any more.
The most common of the previous methods available that worked was to copy the video_id information from the YouTube webpage source code for the video you wanted to download and paste it into a new webpage starting with:
However, the process no longer works as the video_id information is no longer exposed. You’ll find this affects the vast majority of download tools, including keepvid.com, which no longer works either. I’ve not seen anyone else reporting on this so if you’re using almost any download manager tool for YouTube and it doesn’t work, this is why.
It’s not even certain whether the get_video php code is still available but in any case, without the video_id, get_video no longer work.
However, tears aside, the fact that your web browser has to download the video in order to play it suggests that there still has to be some mechanism to be able to grab the video. The question will be whether or not there are any exposed handles that allow software to download it the video as a file rather than as a video stream.
I guess we’ll wait and see.
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