Youku is a popular video-sharing website in China. It is very similar to YouTube that people can sign up for an account and upload videos to the site regardless of length. Perhaps the best thing about Youku is its joint venture with over 1,500 license holders which allow them to host popular movies and TV shows in full length on the holders' website. Users worldwide can visit the Youku website and watch videos on it for free, although you might not like the fact that it has many advertisements.
Part 1. The Tool You Need for Downloading Youku Movies and Videos
If you wish to download Youku videos for offline viewing without the annoying ads., iSkysoft iTube Studio for Mac will be able to do the job for you. You only need one click to save your favorite videos from Youku or other 1000+ sites on your Mac (including new Mac OS X 10.9 Mavericks and 10.10 Yosemite). The fabulous program also integrates with a converting tool, which allows you to convert videos to other video or audio format to fit for your devices.
Now try it out to find more amazing features. (For Windows PC users, please download the iTube Studio for Windows.)
Part 2. Guides on Download Videos from Youku to Your Computer
Now see how to download Youku video by iSkysoft iTube Studio. The detail guides bellow is for your reference (screenshots are taken from Mac version). The way to save Youku videos to Windows PC is almost the same. Windows users can take the same steps.
What You Will Need:
iSkysoft iTube Studio for Mac
Around 3 mins (Variable depending on the video file size)
Step 1. Run Youku Video Downloader
Click the above big Download icon to download Youku downloader and install it according to the setup prompts. When installation completed, this Youku downloader will launch automatically.
Note: iTube Studio for Mac is compatible with Mac 10.6 or later, including the latest OS X 10.10 Yosemite, while iTube Studio for Windows is compatible with, Windows 8/7/XP/Vista.
Step 2. Download a Youku Video with One Click
Open your browser and navigate to the video you want to download on Youku.com. When you play the video, you will get a Download button appeared on the top left corner of the video window. Click it to add video to the download queue.
Tips: You can also copy the video URL and then click the Paste URL button in the program's interface, or directly drag and drop the video URL to the program to start the download. If you can't get the Download button to show in Safari, it is recommended to use Firefox to download videos from Youku.
Step 3. Convert Downloaded Youku Video (Optional)
This program also works as a Youku video converter. It allows you to convert your downloaded videos into the format that is compatible with your portable device. When you go to the Downloaded tab, you will see a Convert button on the right side of each video. Just click the Convert button and you will then be guided to the output format interface to complete the conversion process.
Tips: To watch the downloaded videos, you can go to the Downloaded tab and double click the target video to play it with the inbuilt HD media player.
Note: Note that some videos would require you to have a Chinese IP address if these videos are blocked internationally. Also, click the Download button after the ads are done to avoid downloading videos with ads (these usually last for 10 seconds).
Part 3. How to Get YouKu.com in English
You can use Google Chrome to translate the Youku page to English by right-clicking the mouse on any part of the webpage and clicking the "Translate to English" option. If you're using Firefox, you can find the translation option on the top of the page. Alternatively, you can go to the Google Translate website to translate the Youku page for you.
Note: Youku and Tudou, the two famous video-sharing websites in China, had merged in 2012 and become Youku Tudou Inc.