YouTube has billions of videos. While you can stream all of them, you might want some on your own computer for future and offline use, or for a personal project.
While YouTube Premium has its own pseudo-downloading feature – it lets you download videos onto your smartphone to watch offline – the regular YouTube website doesn’t have any feature like this.
Instead, if you want to download a YouTube video onto your computer, you’ll need to use a third-party service, and there are dozens of programs that will let you do this.
Here are the two options we recommend, including a program you might already have downloaded and a free app.
How to download YouTube videos using VLC Media player
VLC Media Player is a free app that lets you watch videos or play music from your Mac or PC. There’s a chance you might already have it installed on your computer.
And although it’ll take a few minutes, you can use it to download any YouTube video.
1. Find the video you want to download off YouTube and copy its URL.
2. Open VLC. If you’re on a PC, click “Media” at the top of the screen, and then “Open Network Stream.” If you’re on a Mac, click “File” at the top, and then “Open Network.”
3. In the menu that appears, paste the URL of the YouTube video you want, and then click “Play” or “Open” at the bottom.
4. After a moment, the YouTube video you want will begin playing. A longer YouTube video will take longer to open.
5. If you’re on a PC, click “Tools” at the top of the screen, and then “Media Information.” If you’re on a Mac, click “Window,” and then “Media Information.”
6. In the “Media Information” menu, there will be a “Location” bar at the bottom. Double-click the URL in this bar to select it, and then copy it.
7. Go back to your web browser and paste that link into your URL bar at the top of the screen, then go to it.
8. You’ll be brought to a page with just the video playing. Click on the three stacked dots on the right side, and then click “Download.”
The video will download onto your computer as an .MP4 file. You can name it or move it wherever you like.
How to download YouTube videos using the WinX or MacX YouTube Downloader
WinX and MacX are a whole suite of programs, each of which is made for downloading videos from different sources. The WinX and MacX YouTube Downloaders are, as the names suggest, meant for YouTube videos.
If you’re looking to make your Google Slides presentation more interactive or interesting, embedding a video is an easy option.
Google Slides has three methods for adding video to a presentation: you can search for a YouTube video, paste in a specific YouTube URL, or upload a video from Google Drive.
Here’s how to add a video to your Google Slides presentation.
How to add a video to Google Slides
1. Go to slides.google.com and either create a new slideshow or open one you’ve already created.
2. In the top toolbar, click “Insert” and then choose “Video.”
3. The Insert video window will open on the YouTube Search tab. Type keywords or the title of the YouTube video you want to embed into the search field and click the magnifying glass icon or hit Enter.
4. Among the search results, select the video you want to embed.
5. If you want to add a YouTube video to Google Slides using a URL, when the Insert video window appears, click the “By URL” tab.
6. Open the YouTube video you want to embed in another browser tab and copy the URL.
9. Choose between the My Drive, Shared Drives, Shared with Me, and Recent tab and find the file you want to upload.
10. With the video you want to add chosen and highlighted, click Select.
11. Once the video is added to your Google Slides presentation, click and drag the file to position the video where you want it on the slide. Red guide lines will appear on the slide to help you center it within the slide.
If you’ve been on social media anytime in the last few years, you’ve seen GIFs: short video clips that run on repeat, often with a funny or snarky message. GIFs are increasingly popular, turning up in emails and on websites.
Most people make GIFs using websites like GIPHY. Here’s how to use GIPHY to quickly and easily make a GIF out of almost any YouTube video.
How to make a YouTube video into a GIF
You don’t need any special knowledge or tools to make your own GIF.
First, find a video to excerpt on YouTube. Then go to GIPHY, log in or create a new account, and get to work.
1. On GIPHY’s homepage, click the “Create” button at the top of the window.
2. Copy the link for your YouTube video into the “Any URL” box on GIPHY. You can also use Vimeo videos and other GIPHY links. Just note that it needs to be shorter than ten minutes.
3. Choose the moment in your video where you want to start your GIF. Slide the Start Time bar until you get to the spot in the video right before the snippet you want to turn into a GIF.
4. Pick the length of your GIF by moving the Duration bar to the left or right, or hitting the up or down arrow next to “Seconds.” Watch your GIF a couple of times to make sure you’ve captured the slice of video you wanted.
5. Once you’ve found the perfect starting point and length for your GIF, it’s time to decorate it. Click “Continue to Decorate.”
6. On this page, you can add text and pictures to your GIF. Click on “Caption” to add text. Click and drag the text to move it where you want it on the screen. You can also choose what you want the text to look like, and how you want it to move.
7. You can add stickers when you choose “Stickers.” Click and drag stickers to position them on the GIF.
8. Click “Filters” to change the look of the GIF.
9. You can also draw on your GIF in the Draw menu.
10. When you’re finished decorating, click “Continue to Upload.”
11. Your GIF is almost ready. Add one or more tags so others can find and share it. Then click “Upload to GIPHY.”
12. GIPHY will create your GIF. This takes a few seconds.
13. Watch your GIF and appreciate your handiwork! Use the menu to the right of your GIF to copy the link, share it on social media, or get its embed code. You can also right-click the GIF to download it onto your computer.
Police are looking for a YouTube creator who entered SpaceX’s launch site in South Texas and filmed close-up videos of SpaceX’s SN11 Starship rocket.
In late March, Caesar L. Galaviz got into the Boca Chica base of Elon Musk’s aerospace company without any security stopping him. He filmed himself wandering around the launch site and walking underneath the 16-story-tall prototype Starship. He then uploaded the video to his YouTube channel, which is called Loco VlogS.
Sheriff Eric Garza of Cameron County tweeted on Monday that police had issued an arrest warrant for Galaviz “for intentionally going onto the SpaceX property without their consent.”
Garza said Galaviz’s last known location was Conroe, Texas.
Galaviz later deleted the video, which got five likes and 100 dislikes, but another YouTube account reuploaded the recording on March 31.
Galaviz posted an apology video on April 1, saying his actions were “wrong” and “illegal.”
“In my eyes, in that time of moment, I didn’t really think about that,” he said.
Galaviz told Insider in April that he entered the premises because he thought it would make a good video for his YouTube subscribers. “I hope that the SpaceX community can forgive me for my actions,” he said.
Stephanie Davis is Google’s Vice President for Southeast Asia, making her the company’s top-ranking executive in the region.
Davis, who’s in her 40s, has worked for Google for 15 years. Originally from a small town in Georgia in the US, she spent stints working in the San Francisco Bay Area, Dublin, and New Zealand before moving to Singapore in 2017 as the company’s Country Director.
Now, she’s Google’s highest-ranking executive in Southeast Asia, overseeing about 2,000 employees at Google’s Southeast Asia headquarters in Singapore, as well as teams in the Philippines, Malaysia, Thailand, and Indonesia.
Before the pandemic, Davis said she was typically traveling in the region for work eight to 10 days out of the month.
Whenever possible, she would tack on a personal day to a work trip and her husband would join her for a mini-vacation.
“I think it’s one of the beauties about this region,” Davis told Insider. “You have the organization, the safety, and the beauty of Singapore, a professional place to be in terms of career. But then you step on a boat, step on a plane, and you can just be in some of the most adventurous, amazing spots in the world.”
Now, like many office workers, Davis has been working from home for over a year. In April, however, Singapore’s loosened restrictions allowed Davis to start going into the office two days per week and to work from home the other three.
Davis, who lives in Singapore’s Tanjong Pagar neighborhood with her husband, Jack, said she thought she had a sufficient home office setup before the pandemic.
“But I soon realized my desk and my small chair may have worked for weekend work and a few hours at night, but it certainly wasn’t cut out for working full days at home,” she said. “So I’ve certainly had to adapt a more ergonomic setup.”
Davis got a better chair, a desk that raises and lowers so she can alternate between sitting and standing, and a keyboard and monitor.
7 to 7:30 a.m: As often as her schedule allows, Davis starts her day with a yoga session.
“I have found yoga to be so helpful to my well-being during this time that I sometimes manage to squeeze in two sessions a day, with a second one that’s a nice wind-down before bed,” Davis said.
One of her favorite channels is Boho Beautiful with Juliana Spicoluk, she said. The morning yoga is a new addition to Davis’ routine since she started working from home.
“Singapore is an easy city to get around so it’s not that I have a really long commute, but that saving of time in the morning has allowed me to do yoga most mornings,” she said.
7:30 to 8 a.m: After yoga, it’s time for Davis’ morning coffee made with Malaysian-grown coffee beans from the local Tiong Bahru market and brewed by her “kind husband,” she said.
“No fancy coffee machines in our home — we lived on a boat for many years, and it’s still a stovetop espresso maker for us,” Davis said. “We love the simplicity and low waste.”
With her coffee in hand, Davis starts getting ready for her day.
“Another pandemic-driven change: I get ready for WFH much faster than I get ready to work from the office,” she said.
8 to 9 a.m: Davis typically spends the first hour of her workday clearing her inbox.
Davis said she gets “hundreds” of emails per day and tries to “carve out time each day to read and respond to top priorities.”
9 to 10 a.m: Davis’ first meeting of the day is with the Southeast Asia Search Product and Marketing team. It’s one of about 40 hours of meetings in a typical week.
They discuss how to make Google Search more useful for consumers in the region.
“We know that people in Southeast Asia are increasingly using voice search to discover a wide range of information — from song lyrics to recipes to store hours, restaurants nearby and items to buy,” Davis said. “The number of people across SEA who used their voice to interact with Google on their phone grew 49% compared to the previous year.”
10 to 11 a.m: Her next virtual meeting of the day is with Southeast Asia’s YouTube team.
Google sees YouTube (which Google owns) as an “integral partner” to the growth of the internet economy in Southeast Asia, Davis said.
Five of YouTube’s biggest markets globally, based on watch time, are in Asia: India, Indonesia, Japan, Thailand and Vietnam, she said.
After the meeting ends at 11:00 a.m., Davis takes a 15-minute break to stretch and refill her water bottle.
11:15 a.m. to noon: Davis meets virtually with Farhan Quresh, Google’s country director in Pakistan, for South Asian frontier markets.
Davis typically meets with her direct reports for 45 minutes every two weeks.
She and Quresh discuss how Google can help start-ups and developers in Pakistan.
Noon to 12:30 p.m: Davis sits in on an in-person meeting at Google’s office in Singapore, where the company’s Incident Response Team is discussing their continuing efforts to make the offices safe for Googlers to return.
The meeting is typically virtual, but some members of the team were able to meet in-person at the end of last year.
12:45 to 1:45 p.m: Davis has lunch at a local café with a founder who has decided to start a new business that aims to fight climate change.
“I look forward to when we can once again host guests at our offices, but I’m also thankful for the many local cafes in Singapore, where we can easily meet up and have productive business discussions,” Davis said.
2 to 4 p.m: After lunch, Davis has more virtual meetings, including one with Google’s philanthropic arm, Google.org, to get an update on its recent projects.
Google.org announced on April 26 that it was contributing $18 million to the COVID-19 crisis in India. The philanthropic arm also works with local organizations in the Southeast Asia region to support education for underprivileged children, Davis said.
Then she has a 30-minute call with a large e-commerce company in the region about how the two companies can work together to get more small businesses online.
At 3 p.m, Davis takes part in a regional Google town hall to celebrate diversity, inclusion, and belonging.
“Town halls like these are an integral part of Google’s culture, and at this one, we hear personal stories from Googlers across the region,” she said.
4:15 to 6 p.m: Davis is a few minutes late to the monthly meeting of the Singapore Computer Society, where she’s an Executive Council Member.
The Singapore Computer Society is an infocomm and digital media society with 42,000 members — including industry professionals, students, and tech enthusiasts — that helps grow the tech industry in Singapore, she said.
The meeting is in-person, with masks and social distancing, Davis said.
6:15 to 6:30 p.m: Just as she gets back home, Davis gets a video call from her brother in North Carolina so she can say good morning to her 1.5 year-old niece, Vivian Cora.
“It’s been more than a year since I last saw my family in the US,” Davis said. “I come from a close-knit family, and it’s been difficult to not see them, but I’m grateful that we’re healthy and well connected via video calls.”
6:30 to 8 p.m: Davis and her husband go for a hike at Singapore’s Mount Faber, a 138-acre park with scenic views of the city. It’s a hike they do several times per week, she said.
“He and I catch up on our respective days, but then our earbuds go in, we listen to our favorite podcasts or books, and then share learnings with one another,” Davis said.
Davis recently finished “So You Want to Talk About Race” by Ijeoma Oluo and said she liked the author’s “straightforward style in suggesting how we can have better conversations about race.”
“A few stretches at the top and some reflection while the sun goes down is a great way to close the curtain on the day,” Davis said.
8 to 9 p.m: For dinner, Davis and her husband have a kale Reuben sandwich. “Jack is the chef in our home – lucky me,” she said.
9 to 11 p.m.: After dinner, Davis gets some more work done.
“This is when I prepare for the next day — read materials for meetings, think through presentations, look at the revenue numbers, etc,” she said. “All with a nice candle burning nearby.”
11 p.m. to midnight: Davis spends some time reading before bed.
“So that I don’t wake Jack, I have a little light that attaches to my book — or should I say one of a few books, as it’s common for me to be reading several at once,” Davis said. “I seem to read fiction when on a holiday, but otherwise, I enjoy non-fiction.”
One of Davis’ favorite books is Jane Goodall’s “Reason for Hope,” which she says has influenced how she chooses to lead.
Alphabet announced its first-quarter earnings Tuesday, blowing past Wall Street’s expectations as the company’s ad business continues to see strong growth following a pandemic slump last year.
Google’s parent company brought in $45.6 billion in revenue for the quarter, minus traffic acquisition costs, versus $42.48 billion expected by analysts. Alphabet’s revenue jumped 35.3% from $33.7 billion in the same quarter a year ago.
Google Cloud brought $4.02 billion in revenue and had an operating loss of $974 million in Q1, versus $3.99 billion in revenue expected by analysts. That’s compared to $3.83 billion in revenue and $1.24 billion in operating losses during Q4 2020, the first time Google broke out its cloud business’ performance separately.
Google’s ad business also continued to rebound, following its first-ever revenue decline in Q2 2020, as advertisers reallocate their budgets back toward Google’s platforms, especially YouTube, which brought in $6.01 billion in revenue during Q1 2021.
Meanwhile, Alphabet’s “other bets,” which include Verily, Waymo, and other Alphabet businesses, reported revenue of $198 million against an operating loss of $1.15 billion, compared to analyst expectations of $1.21 billion in operating losses.
Alphabet also announced plans to buy back $50 billion of its Class C stock. The company’s stock was up more than 4% in after-hours trading.
Here’s what Alphabet reported, compared to what analysts expected, according to Bloomberg.
Total revenue: $55.3 billion (Expected $51.61 billion)
Earnings per share: $26.29 per share, adjusted (Expected $15.65)
Google Cloud revenue: $4.02 billion (Expected $3.99 billion)
YouTube ads revenue: $6.01 billion
Google’s earnings report comes as the digital advertising market has seen substantial growth over the past two quarters, though the company sent shockwaves through the industry by announcing last month that it will no longer track individual users online, which could upend how adtech companies do business.
But some experts previously told Insider’s Isobel Asher Hamilton that the move may be a clever ploy by Google to further entrench its dominance of the digital ads market – a dominance that has invited increasing antitrust scrutiny, including three separate federal lawsuits, that could mean regulatory headwinds for Google down the road.
YouTube has temporarily removed one of its most popular creators from its Partner Program, restricting makeup YouTuber James Charles’ ability to make money from the platform. In a statement to Insider, YouTube said it has applied its “creator responsibility policy” to Charles’ channel with more than 25.5 million subscribers. The platform did not say how long Charles will be demonetized for.
The creator responsibility policy states that “If we see that a creator’s on- and/or off-platform behavior harms our users, community, employees or ecosystem, we may take action to protect the community.” It goes on to say that YouTube may take action against creators who intend to cause “malicious harm to others” or who cause “real world harm” via abuse or violence, cruelty, or participating in fraudulent or deceptive behavior.
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YouTube’s action against Charles follows a major sexting scandal he’s involved in. More than 15 men and boys have accused Charles of sexual misconduct since 2019, ranging from anonymous underage sexting accusations on TikTok to men who say Charles attempted to manipulate them into romantic and sexual reciprocation.
In an April 1 video on his YouTube channel called “holding myself accountable,” Charles addressed two sexting accusations he said were made by 16-year-olds, saying that the interactions with the boys “should have never happened.” He also claimed that the accusers lied about their ages.
One 16-year-old who accused Charles of sending him nudes photos and soliciting nude photos from him told Insider that Charles “lied” in his statement. The same 16-year-old provided Insider with screenshots that showed his age could be seen on Instagram his Instagram profile, where Charles and him exchanged direct messages.
In a statement responding to Morphe, Charles wrote “Since posting that video, many other people have come forward with a series of misleading stories and false allegations which have been reported on by many people, creators, and news outlets.”
YouTube’s creator responsibility policy has previously been applied to Shane Dawson in 2020 and David Dobrik in 2021 following critical mainstream media attention in both cases. Dawson was criticized by Jada Pinkett Smith and Jaden Smith after a video resurfaced of him pretending to masturbate to a poster of then-11-year-old Willow Smith. Dobrik was demonetized for one month following Insider’s investigation into rape allegations against a former member of his Vlog Squad group.
A YouTuber filmed himself entering a SpaceX facility in south Texas last week, where he managed to get close to the company’s prototype Starship rocket without security stopping him.
The YouTuber, known as Caesar on his channel “Loco VlogS,” entered the Boca Chica grounds of Elon Musk’s company in late March, The Verge first reported Thursday. He has since deleted the video, which The Verge reported got five likes and 100 dislikes.
Another YouTube account reuploaded the recording on March 31. It shows Caesar walking around the 16-story-tall prototype Starship SN11, walking underneath it and getting close to the three truck-sized Raptor engines. Nobody else appears in the video. Caesar does not touch the rocket, which is on stilts.
Caesar didn’t immediately respond to Insider’s request for comment, but he posted a video on April 1 apologizing. “Yes it was wrong, yes it was illegal but in my eyes, in that time of moment, I didn’t really think about that,” he said.
“What went through my mind was, ‘Okay, I’m never gonna get this opportunity again.’ So I went for it. And, well, this happened.”
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From number one records to her volunteerism and activism, Demi Lovato continues to make her mark as a pop star and public figure. Now, after suffering years of addiction, she’s using her platform to reflect on her near-fatal 2018 overdose and how it’s affected her life and career.
Lovato’s emotional and physical battle is the focus of a new YouTube docuseries called “Dancing with the Devil.” The show premiered on March 23 and promises to be an “intimate portrait of addiction, and the process of healing and empowerment,” according to the official synopsis. “Dancing with the Devil” is directed by Michael D. Ratner, who produced the 2020 docuseries “Justin Bieber: Seasons.”
The show’s release coincides with the arrival of Lovato’s new album, “Dancing with the Devil … the Art of Starting Over,” The album debuted on April 2 and features collaborations with popular artists like Saweetie, Ariana Grande, and Noah Cyrus.
Where to watch ‘Demi Lovato: Dancing with the Devil’
YouTube Premium costs $12 a month, and you can try it for free with a 30-day trial. The service gives you ad-free access to YouTube and YouTube Music, along with a library of exclusive content.
Aside from your web browser, you can watch the docuseries with the YouTube app via iOS devices, Android devices, Xbox, Switch, PlayStation, Amazon Fire TV, Apple TV, Chromecast, Roku, and most smart TVs.
If you want to watch other programs about Lovato and her career, you can also check out her 2017 documentary “Demi Lovato: Simply Complicated.” The film is available for free on YouTube and, if you pay for YouTube Premium, you can watch the director’s cut.