Wish I had thought of getting this this done with the video of the female magician that someone sent me on Facebook – it really was hilarious. But for some reason it was pulled back from distribution by Youtube and when I wanted to present it to some friends last week, it was already gone and all I manged to find by searching on Youtube was a censored clip in a terrible quality.
Downloading videos from video services like Youtube does not always have to be in Flash. I have been using the downloadhelper FireFox extension for a while, but noticed that there might be another way involving a smart bookmark supporting mp4 file format directly when saving
The bookmarklet developed by Ionut Alex Chitu is pulling the video_id from the Youtube page and taking advantage of the flag fmt=18 to make the video exportable with nice text for the major browsers. The download link is made available in the embed box on the video page.
Works like a dream for me. Also as one of the comments in the article suggested, pasting the URL into http://keepvid.com – gets the job done as well.
There seems to be a number of options, some of the other services mentioned in the comment section may be (have not tried any of these myself):