What you are downloading is a DELIVERY format, not meant to be edited... certainly not in Premiere
Get the original footage, not the YouTube version. You nay not even be legally entitiled to use that material.
The footage I use is for public service, and it's used in public education (for children). The editing being done is simple cutting to cut down the length. Assuming the video is public domain (free to distribute), and it is not possible to get the original material, how would you suggest I accomplish editing this youtube video using Premiere? Why can AnyVideoConverter convert a youtube video easily and with equal quality, and CS4 can not?
Thanks in advance.
Before I start, let me say that you need to read the YouTube terms and conditions carefully. Particularly:
A. You agree not to distribute in any medium any part of the Website, including but not limited to User Submissions (defined below), without YouTube's prior written authorization.
B. You agree not to alter or modify any part of the Website, including but not limited to YouTube's Embeddable Player or any of its related technologies.
YouTube Videos are not in the public domain, and not covered under Creative Commons (despite a test by YT along those lines last year, outcome of which is not known to me).
Lets be clear about this: YouTube does not WANT you to download their videos. They want you to come to the site, watch the video, be exposed to advertising, thereby generating income.
HAVING SAID THAT...
There are some web services (not sanctioned by YT obviously) that allow you to download a better version of the YT video if one is available. This is usually an MP4 and is the basis of the "high quality" option on some vids. These higher-quality vids are sometimes bordering on "usable", if you're lucky, but will need to be transcoded into an editable format by something like SUPER before you can edit in PPro. Then, on export, any compression applied in the Encoder will further degrade the result.
Hope that helps.
There are several utilities to "harvest" YouTube footage, and then services that will do this.
I'd get the FLV and Import that (as of CS4.2), and edit it (© issues not withstanding). In earlier versions of PrPro, you can use the Moyea FLV Importer plug-in for PrPro. Note: the quality will be bad, but if that is the best that you can get, that is the best that you can do.
Wow, I tried using SUPER, and it worked! Thanks a lot! I am very curious though, what did SUPER do to the video to make it "editable". I mean, what does youtube do to videos you upload? Does youtube alter the file so you can download it (at the same display quality), but if you edit it in a profession editing suite like CS4 or Final Cut Pro, it makes it blurry? It's still interesting that AnyVideoConverter can convert a youtube movie perfectly (same quality as downloaded), but CS4 can not.
Anyway, it looks like using SUPER to convert the video prior to editing it does the trick.
I am very curious though, what did SUPER do to the video to make it "editable".
Well, in very basic terms, it converted the file to some that was editable. In particular terms, it depends on what conversion settings you chose in Super.