I have a few deep and dark secrets that I’m going to make public. First, I collect comics. Second, I collect YouTube videos.
Third, I’m on the geeky side but I don’t live with my mother. Collecting YouTube videos is more art than science. The methodology for downloading YouTube videos is easy. The art comes from knowing which videos to keep and which to discard. That’s an important distinction.
Collecting That Which Is Free
I’m not sure when my collection of YouTube videos began, but when it did, it began in earnest, burgeoning from a few dozen to a few hundred with a couple of months.
How do you organize hundreds of YouTube videos?
At first, I simply used Safari to download YouTube’s videos, then I stuffed them into folders, and converted a few so they would run on my iPod, then my iPhone.
As the collection grew I rummaged through all the YouTube utilities for Mac users—the kind that make it easy to find and download and store and organize the video clips.
Tooble To The Rescue
I’ve settled on a YouTube favorite, Tooble, which is free, and Tooble Pro, a version which adds more features. Why bother with a standalone utility to retrieve and manage YouTube videos?
Frankly, it’s just easier than geeking it out the old fashioned way. Tooble lets you download and preview any YouTube video, and stores your collection of videos in an iTunes-like interface. Toolbar on top, folders on the left, list of videos and details in the middle column.
Better yet, Tooble also converts YouTube videos to play on your other Apple devices—iPod and iPhone and iPad (you’re a fanboy and have one of each, right?). The Pro version adds the ability to preview the video before download (though you can do that in Safari, too), and download audio only (don’t ask why… I don’t know why, either).
The advantage to using Tooble is ease of use to add to and manage a growing collection of YouTube videos.
The advantage of the collection is being able to view videos when you’re not connected to the internet on your Mac, and to move them to your iPhone.
That brings me to a caveat, my digital fork in the road, my conundrum of the day. Why bother? After all, I don’t recall the last time my internet service went out, so I’ve always been connected to YouTube.
Here in Atlanta, our AT&T 3G connection is decent, so my iPhone is always online. In other words, if I’m always connected, why not let YouTube store my popular videos instead of having them take up space on my Mac?
Good question. Wouldn’t collecting YouTube bookmarks be easier?