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. 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 a few easy clicks then you can save your favorite videos from Youku on your Mac (including new Mac OS X 10.9 Mavericks). Now try it out. (For Windows PC users, please download the iTube Studio for Windows.)
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).
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.
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.
Download Youku Video with One Click
Find the video you like on Youku.com and play it. When you play the video, you will get a "Download" button appeared on the video window. Click the button to add video to the download list of iTube Studio.
You can also copy the video URL from the address bar and then go to the primary window of the program to click the “Paste URL” button to start downloading Youku videos. If you can't get the “Download” button to show in Safari, it is recommended to use Google Chrome to download videos from Youku.
Convert Downloaded Youku Video from and to FLV/MP4
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 follow a few simple steps to complete the conversion process.
Also watch the video tutorial below:
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.