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How to Download and Share a Video from YouTube

DCS district policy requires YouTube access to be blocked on all student networks.

Due to the limitations of current web filtering products, granular filtering of YouTube content is currently not possible.

Method 1: Download videos from YouTube using Web Downloaders

Step 1: Open your browser of choice (Chrome, Firefox etc.).

Step 2: Navigate to youtube.com and search for the video you want to download using the YouTube search engine.

​Highlight the YouTube link and click the right mouse button on YouTube link –> Choose Copy (You can also press Ctrl + C button)

Step 3:​ Open browser, go to any of these youtube downloader websites:

Step 4:​ Click the right mouse button in search bar with the help text “Paste link here..” –> Choose Paste (You can also press Ctrl + V button)

Step 5:​ Find MP4 tab –> Choose video quality –> Click Download video to download

Step 6: Once the video has successfully downloaded, upload the video to your preferred platform and share with your students.

We recommend Google Drive to share videos to students. All DCS students and staff have unlimited Google Drive storage available to them.

Method 2: How to Use the x2Convert Google Chrome Extension

X2convert Button for Google Chrome
Follow the steps below to install X2convert addon:

Step 1: Add the Tampermonkey extension from Google Chrome Web Store

Install Tampermonkey Now

Step 2: Click Add Extension to add Tampermonkey.

Step 3: Get X2convert button

Click HERE

Step 4: Click “Install” button to install “X2convert Button”

Step 5: Go to youtube.com to see the Download Video and Download MP3 Button

How to Upload and Share a video using Google Drive

Google Drive provides an easy to manage and easily accessible place to store and share file to other users.

The below steps describe how to upload and share a video to other users using Google Drive:

How to upload a file to Google Drive:

  • Open your browser of choice (Chrome, FireFox etc.).
  • Navigate to drive.google.com.
  • Sign in with your @dothan.k12.al.us assigned email address.
  • Once logged into Google Drive, navigate to the folder you wish to save the video to.
  • In the top left corner of the browser window, under the Drive logo, click on the New button and select File Upload.
  • You will be prompted with a File Selection window.
  • Select the video file(s) you wish to upload and click Open.
  • In the bottom right corner of the browser window, a upload window will appear with the selected files listed. Depending on the size of the file(s), the upload process may take a few minutes.
  • Once the files have uploaded successfully, they will appear in the folder that was selected in Step 4.

How to share one or more files to a user or multiple users:

  • Open your browser of choice.
  • Navigate to drive.google.com.
  • Sign in with your @dothan.k12.al.us assigned email address.
  • Once logged into Google Drive, navigate to the folder where the file(s) you want to share are stored.
  • Select the file(s) you wish to share and right click the highlighted area.
  • Click Share. The share window will then open.
  • In the share window, you can see who the file is currently shared with, add users to the share list, and perform advanced options, such as preventing downloading and copying by the user(s) that the file is being shared with. For the scope of this article, we will just be sharing the file with view only privileges.
  • In the text box under People. Enter in the email addresses that you wish to share the file(s) to.
  • Beside the text box, select the drop down list and select Can View. This will allow to shared user the ability to only view and copy the file.
  1. If you wish, you can add a note that will be sent to the shared user once the file(s) is shared.
  2. Once everything is set to your liking, click Send to share the file(s).

We recommended using Google Classroom to update your students about the shared video.

Updated on October 15, 2020

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