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This is a workflow for easily downloading videos (and/or extracting audio) from various websites such as YouTube, Vimeo, DailyMotion and more... It uses youtube-dl as the core component. 
 

Main Features:

  • Download video from URL.  vd {video-url} 
  • Download and extract audio into an MP3 file.  vd-audio {video-url} 
  • Display and download video metadata (json).  vd-info {video-url} 
  • Update core component (youtube-dl).  vd-update 
  • Display quick help in Large Type. vd-help 

Note: vd-update command currently only updates youtube-dl, not the workflow itself.

 

Please see full details, updates (and source) of the project at GitHub.
Download Video Downloader workflow.

 
Here is a full visual list of what Video Downloader can do:

 

ss-1.jpg

 

 

And here is how the workflow nodes look like:
 

wf.jpg

  
Requirements:

 

For the audio extraction (vd-audio) feature to work, you should install FFmpeg yourself manually (because of licensing issues). 
If you don't have it already; you can find details on how to install FFmpeg at the GitHub page.

 

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(While writing this, I found out about Vítor's workflow; which is also nice and uses youtube-dl. Well, I'm releasing this anyway for it's extra features like audio conversion, metadata info, etc..)

Pls. drop a note if you like it...

Thanks.

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Great work! But why don't you automatic retrieve the url from the open browser window!?

 

Never the less, its really nice!

 

Efty

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Thanks Efty,

I didn't have time for that. Maybe in the next version.. or anyone can improve it on GitHub.

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For giggles I changed line 29 in vd.sh from

ffmpeg_installed=$(program_exists "ffmpeg")

to

ffmpeg_installed=true

Now it gives me the warning at lines 64 and 65

    echo "Download failed! ($download_result)"
    echo "Make sure you've entered a valid video URL or parameter. Otherwise, try updating or re-installing Video Downloader."

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  • Did you run vd-update in Alfred after install?
  • What do you get when you run which ffmpeg in terminal?

    It should output /opt/local/bin/ffmpeg

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I can't seem to install it in /opt/local/bin/ but I don't understand why it needs to specifically be there.

 

How did you manage to install it into the different location?

 

Sorry I'm a noob

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How did you manage to install it into the different location?

 

I think it needs to be there because the WF expects it. I didn't do anything special. Just re-installed it. Sorry, not much help.

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I'd like to set this as the format parameters:

 

-f 'bestvideo[ext=mp4]+bestaudio[ext=m4a]/mp4'

 

but no matter how I edit the vd.sh script, it's always failing. I'm not very familiar with the intricacies of bash scripting, can anyone help?

 

The pertinent lines are (probably) these:

 

output_format="$download_dir/%(title)s.%(ext)s"

options="-i -q -o "$output_format"" # --restrict-filenames

yt_output=$("$yt" $options "$video_url")

 

 

The goal is to set this, for example: 

 

youtube-dl -f 'bestvideo[ext=mp4]+bestaudio[ext=m4a]/mp4' https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-me5AGrIvOo

 

Thanks for any help.

 

 

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