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Download 720p high definition videos from YouTube Web Browsers
YouTube just added a new quality level, in addition to normal quality and high quality: 720p high definition! As such, I've modified another bookmarklet previously posted as a hint here so that it now downloads these 720p HD versions in H.264 QuickTime .mp4 glory, ready for use with iTunes, Apple TV, with no transcoding required.

To use it, just drag the bookmarklet from this page to your Bookmarks bar, then click it while viewing a YouTube 720p HD video.

[robg adds: For those interested, here's the source code of the bookmarklet:
javascript:if%20(document.getElementById('download-youtube-video')==null%20&&%20!!(document.location.href.match(/http:%5C/%5C/%5Ba-zA-Z%5C.%5D*youtube%5C.com%5C/watch/)))%20%7Bvar%20yt_mp4_path='http://www.youtube.com/get_video?fmt=22&video_id='+swfArgs%5B'video_id'%5D+'&t='+swfArgs%5B't'%5D;%20var%20div_embed=document.getElementById('watch-embed-div');div_embed.innerHTML=div_embed.innerHTML+'%3Cbr%20/%3E%20%3Cspan%20id=%5C'download-youtube-video%5C'%3E%3Ca%20href=%5C''+yt_mp4_path+'%5C'%3EDownload%20as%20720p%20HD%20MP4%3C/a%3E%20'+%20%20((navigator.userAgent.indexOf('Safari')!=-1)?'(control-click%20and%20select%20%3Ci%3EDownload%20linked%20file%20as%3C/i%3E)':('(right-click%20and%20select%20%3Ci%3ESave%20'+%20(navigator.appName=='Microsoft%20Internet%20Explorer'?'target':'link')%20+'%20as)%3C/i%3E'))+'%3C/span%3E';%7Dvoid(0);
When clicked, the bookmarklet will place a new download link into the gray box on the right-hand side of the YouTube page. Depending on your browser, you can Control-click the link and save the target of the link. In Firefox, I just Option-clicked the link, and it worked. I did have to rename the downloaded file, as it was originally named get_video.htm. After renaming with an mp4 extension, the video played perfectly. (I used this video for testing.)]
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Download 720p high definition videos from YouTube
Authored by: morespace54 on Dec 03, '08 08:13:34AM
I guess you could also add "&fmt=22" (without quotes) to view the HD version of a clip, if available...

So:
javascript:window.location+="&fmt=22";
must be working as a bookmarklet too...

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Download 720p high definition videos from YouTube
Authored by: vengjence on Nov 05, '10 01:08:08AM
I always found these java codes to be complicated and not always work. I stumbled on this YouTube Downloader for Mac freeware app a little while ago, which I recommend you use if you take your YouTube downloading seriously. I'm totally hooked. YouTube has EVERYTHING!

Enjoy, Karli

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Download 720p high definition videos from YouTube
Authored by: JazzDude on Dec 03, '08 08:15:30AM

The Bookmarklet from above doesn't work. You have to fix it manually.



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doesn't work for me either - at least in safari
Authored by: bcometa on Dec 03, '08 08:56:37AM
dragged into bookmark bar, played you tube video, clicked bookmarklet:

Not Found

The requested URL /if (document.getElementById('download-youtube-video')==null && !!(document.location.href.match(/http:\/\/[a-zA-Z\.]*youtube\.com\/watch/))) {var yt_mp4_path='http://www.youtube.com/get_video was not found on this server.

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Download 720p high definition videos from YouTube
Authored by: rmanke on Dec 03, '08 09:22:11AM

The bookmarklet above doesn't work. It prepends the link to macoshints.com, so it won't work.

If you go to the developer's site and drag it from there, it works.

Or, you can copy and paste the code snippet into the URL's location.

This is a great hint! Please fix the bookmarklet to prevent problems for users.



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Download 720p high definition videos from YouTube
Authored by: jtydibble on Dec 03, '08 11:22:48AM

I could not get it to work in Safari or Firefox 3.0.4 with this version or with the version from the author's site? I did make sure Javascript was enabled.

Thanks for all you do!



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Another Bookmarklet
Authored by: nathanhammond on Dec 03, '08 11:59:13AM
I've made some modifications to streamline the process (it now automatically attempts to download the video). I've posted the bookmarklet at my site: YouTube HD Download Bookmarklet.

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Another Bookmarklet
Authored by: Slinkwyde on Dec 03, '08 04:19:14PM

Nice improvement!



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Another Bookmarklet
Authored by: nathanhammond on Dec 03, '08 05:09:31PM

Thanks! I wouldn't have done it if it weren't for seeing yours, so kudos. After playing with it for a bit I wanted something that simply downloaded the file but nowhere on the net that I could find a bookmarklet that has that functionality. So, like the open source developer I am, I scratched my own itch.

Best regards!



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Download 720p high definition videos from YouTube
Authored by: JamesF on Dec 04, '08 08:03:23AM
this is much better bookmark trick: http://unlockforus.blogspot.com/2008/12/mp4-format-download-and-save-youtube.html just stumbled yesterday you can create a standard video, higher quality and high definition bookmark downloader

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Download 720p high definition videos from YouTube
Authored by: timcrawf on Dec 05, '08 09:19:10AM
Not sure what I did wrong, but I couldn't get any of these to work. I did follow some links and find this one that worked great in Safari 3.2.1
javascript:window.location.href%20=%20'http://youtube.com/get_video?video_id='%20+%20swfArgs['video_id']%20+%20"&fmt=18"%20+%20"&l="%20+%20swfArgs['l']%20+%20"&sk="%20+%20swfArgs['sk']%20+%20'&t='%20+%20swfArgs['t']; Found it here, near the end of the article. Section titled How to Download Youtube Clips in High Definition (720p).
Make sure you get all the code on one line.

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Download 720p high definition videos from YouTube
Authored by: robg on Dec 08, '08 05:26:30AM

Sorry about my pre-made bookmarklet not working -- I forgot about Geeklog's stripping out the "javascript:" bit, which caused the macosxhints URL to be prepended to the URL. Doh!

I've changed the article to just refer to the author's page instead.

-rob.



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Download 720p high definition videos from YouTube
Authored by: hanadave on Jan 18, '09 04:03:19AM

Holy Crap! That is an incredibly cool script! Is there one for normal videos off of youtube in much the same way?



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Download 720p high definition videos from YouTube
Authored by: timcrawf on Dec 31, '09 10:59:38AM

Just for the searchers out there. This no longer works. This one is close. It doesn't work for all videos.

javascript:window.location.href = 'http://youtube.com/get_video?video_id=' + yt.getConfig('SWF_ARGS')['video_id'] + "&l=" + yt.getConfig('SWF_ARGS')['l'] + "&sk=" + yt.getConfig('SWF_ARGS')['sk'] + '&t=' + yt.getConfig('SWF_ARGS')['t'];

I found it here
<http://unlockforus.blogspot.com/2008/09/directly-download-youtube-videos-in.html>



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Download 720p high definition videos from YouTube
Authored by: TekSimplified on Aug 18, '12 11:05:30PM

http://www.teksimplified.com/apps/blog/show/18164263-how-to-download-youtube-videos



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