What You Should Know About Downloading and Converting Videos

Ever since the popularisation of the Internet, users have been sharing and downloading various types of content. This article is a guide to everything you should know about downloading and converting videos, the legalities of it, and some common terminology.

What Exactly Does Downloading Mean?

In the early days of downloading, achingly slow download and upload speeds, poor quality pirate versions and the host of viruses that came with almost every file made downloading even short videos incredibly frustrating. Anyone old enough to remember the days of Kazaa and Limewire will know exactly what we are talking about. These days, however, everything has changed. Lightning fast downloading is now the norm and with so many torrent sites and online video mega sites like YouTube, accessing video content has never been easier.

Let’s start by going back to basics. Whenever someone puts some content onto the internet, whether that be a video clip, a song or a blog post, this is called “uploading”. Whenever someone copies that content from the web onto their own device, that is called “downloading”. Anyone who uses the internet will be downloading content all the time, often without even realizing it. Every time you click on an email attachment, you are copying the content in that attachment from the web onto your computer or phone.

How Can You Download Videos?

There are various sites and online libraries from which to download videos. Torrent sites are like huge video libraries of content that people have uploaded and which other visitors to the site can then download. There are various types of torrent including pictures, music and pdf books, but the majority of torrents tend to be videos. These may be short video clips or full TV series or movies. You usually have to download torrents using the specialized torrent software and there are various options that you can find online.

Another option for downloading videos is to get them straight from YouTube. YouTube is the single biggest collection of videos on the internet with 5 billion videos being watched every day by some 1.5 billion people. The experts at http://vidd.ly/ explain in order to download YouTube videos, you need special software. This software copies the video from the website and creates an mp4 version of the video on your computer or device. Mp4 is the most common type of video file and is compatible with all major video playing programs so it is the ideal file type.

What is Video Conversion?

Video conversion is literally the process of converting one type of video file into another type. As mentioned above, mp4 is one of the most commonly used video file types, but there are various others like mov and wmv which are also common. There is a lot of video conversion software and online resources which enable you to convert files from one format into another simply and effectively. There are various reasons why you might need to convert your video files.

The first reason is that the file won’t play in its original format because your media player doesn’t support it so you have to convert it to a format that is supported. This is less common than before because the best media players these days support most types of video files. The second reason is that the video in its original format is too big for your storage or whatever your needs are and so you reduce the size of the file by changing the format.

Is Downloading Video Files Legal?

Downloading and sharing files have been a topic of hot debate over the last few decades as entertainment companies have tried to cut out what they deem to be piracy. Websites that were once the main players in the torrent downloading world were hit with big fines and were for all intents and purposes shut down. At various times there has been talk of giving fines to individual people for each downloaded file on their computer. Essentially, the internet is just far too big to police and so when it comes to downloading, the biggest concern, in reality, is only viruses.

When it comes to downloading videos from YouTube, as long as the video is not, then re-shared and is only for the downloader’s own personal use, then it is totally legal. The videos have been uploaded to YouTube for the very purpose of people watching them for free and so it doesn’t make any difference whether they are watching on the site or downloaded and watched offline.

The internet is a great way to share information and content and with mega fast download speeds, there is a whole world wide web of videos to download and enjoy. Specialized software is usually required to download the majority of video files and it is always advisable to install powerful virus protection on your device before you download anything.

About Craig Bradshaw

Tech enthusiast and Editor-in-Chief of MobileTechTalk

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