There's no question that the popular video content Web site YouTube has caught our attention. Since its launch in 2005, the site has grown to attract more than several hundred million views per day, which is an astronomical number in terms of Web traffic. Whether it's your favorite artist's new music video, instructional videos, video blogs, kittens, funny bloopers or stunts reminiscent of "America's Funniest Home Videos," people seem to like short bursts of entertainment, especially when it's just once click away.
Usually, YouTube visitors watch videos streaming over the Internet. Without an Internet connection, however, there's no way to visit the site or run a search for your favorite footage. What are you supposed to do when there's no working Internet and you feel the urge to watch the video of the laughing baby for the hundredth time?
If it's online, digital and doesn't take up too much space on your hard drive, you can bet there's a way to download a copy of it, and that goes for YouTube videos, too. There are many different services that will help you copy and save your favorite clips. Often the only thing you'll need to do is download a specific piece of software and copy and paste the video's Web address. You won't always have to chain yourself to your desktop or laptop, either -- once you have the file, you can upload your downloaded videos onto your iPod or other MP3 player with video capabilities or even burn files onto a DVD and watch them on your television. Keep in mind before choosing software, though, that some programs are free, while others will cost money and may only work with certain browsers.