Zamzar Replacement

Many of you will disappointed to hear that Zamzar no longer works to download and convert Youtube videos. The good news is, there is a free replacement for the Windows operating system, Youtube Downloader HD. The version for the Mac that includes download capabilities is not free.

“Youtube Downloader HD is a free tool to download videos from YouTube and save it to your local computer. The videos can be converted to avi video format or to mp4 (compatible with iPod, iPhone).”

For Youtube videos over 10 minutes in length, we recommend that teachers download the file, instead of streaming it from the site. Streaming video utilizes a significant amount of network resources. Our “bandwidth pipe” is only so big and has potentially 1,000+ users. In order to maintain a stable and dependable network, users must be considerate of other users when streaming content.


  1. You can install the Windows version  from our server
    (Lab folder>Video>”youtube_downloader_hd_setup.exe”) or download it from their website.
  2. As you click the Next button during the installation process, watch for the option to include a YTD toolbar, which you should UNCHECK. This will slow down Internet Explorer.

Download and Convert a Video

After following these steps, you can double click the downloaded file to play it in Windows Media Player.

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