Streaming YouTube videos are encoded in the FLV (Flash Video) format. Saving a YouTube video to your laptop requires a program that can detect the embedded file from its URL (its specific web address). There are several online YouTube video converters on the Internet that will convert them for you to download to your laptop. These do not require any software. Online conversion sites like ConvertForMe.com, BenderConverter, and EasyMovieConverter will capture and allow you to download the desired videos to your laptop, free of charge.
Launch your web browser and locate the YouTube video you want saved to your laptop. Copy the video's URL at the top of the page.
Visit ConvertForMe.com and paste the YouTube video's URL into the "URL" field in the middle of the main page.
Select a video preset from the list of options so you can watch the video later on your laptop. Options include MPEG, MOV, FLV, WMV, and MP4. (see tips).
Click the "Download Now" button. ConvertForMe.com will automatically retrieve and convert the YouTube video. Stay on the main page and wait for the conversion to complete. Click the "Download" button when conversion is finished to download your movie.
Visit the page for the YouTube video you want saved and copy its URL at the top of the screen.
Go to BenderConverter.com and click the "URL Converter" tab near the top of the screen.
Paste your YouTube video's URL in the "Video Page Link" field.
Select a download format for your video from the list of options. (e.g. FLV, AVI, WMV, etc).
Click the "Convert" button. Wait for the website to process and convert your video. When prompted, click the "Download" button to download your video and save it to your laptop.
Launch your web browser and visit EasyMovieConverter.com. Copy your YouTube video's URL into the blank "URL" field.
Select an output format for your video from the drop down box to the right of the URL field. Options include Windows Video DivX, MPEG-4, and MOV file types.
Click the "Download" button to the right of the drop down menu and wait for the site to retrieve and convert your video. When prompted, click the "Download Now" button that appears and wait for your video to download.
For general playback on a PC computer, download your YouTube video as a WMV (Windows Media Video).