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Re: youtube converting in Linux?

Thanks for the wisdom.
I want to be sure I am being clear.
What I am wanting to do is give a program a specific youtube link so that it can do the conversion for me.
something like here,
this site does not work with links e-links or lynx, but you get the idea.
I do not go to youtube myself, but get links related to work and other projects that I desire converting into something strictly audio.
can I accomplish this using the method you outline?

On Sun, 5 Jun 2011, Kyle wrote:

Probably the best solution for now is youtube-dl. It should be available from your distro of choice. If not, you can find it at
You can then use mplayer to dump the audio stream directly from the file, or convert it to the format you like using ffmpeg. I have a bit more complicated way of doing things that involves getting their new WebM videos and pulling out the Vorbis audio using mkvextract, but that involves picking through the HTML5 source and doing some creative searching and replacing to get the correct link. At this point, youtube-dl is still the better option for heavy use. I'm also in contact with the developer of Youtube-dl to try to get it downloading the new format so that you will always get good audio without conversion if it's available, and soon all their videos will be available in this new WebM format, which will make audio extraction extremely easy.
~ Kyle

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