Go to YouTube and search for something. When the results come up, click on the 'Filters' icon above the list of results. Under 'Features' (4th column) click on 'Creative Commons'. All YouTube Creative Commons videos are CC-by, so they can be used commercially.

Proceed to step 2

Step 2

To download, install VLC media player (I've used it for years - safe and very reliable). Click on 'Media' (upper left) and select 'Open Network Stream'. In the Network tab (should be open), paste the URL.

On the lower right, there's a dropdown that says 'Play'. Click the little arrow to open the dropdown, and select 'Convert'. Select Video - H.264 + MP3 (MP4). To select destination file, click 'Browse' and type a file name (ending in .mp4). Clock 'save', click 'start'.

Note that you'll find numerous options for conversion. If you have trouble with the format I selected, use a different conversion option. Also note you can create MP3 recordings this way as well.

If your conversion doesn't 'take', open the VLC window (it may have minimized) and click on 'Play' so VLC can convert as it plays.


If it *still* hasn't saved the conversion (as you can tell, I'm testing as I offer advice), open the playlist, right-click on the file name, select 'save' and give it an output file name. (This actually does work and has been tested. :))

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