YouTube, Google, Metacafe & more
Video Download now, Watch
later"Video Download is a HOT tool for any internet
When was the last time you reserved time to sit down and
watch a video on the computer that you know is lenghty only to
have trouble connecting? Or it stutters, stammers, stops and
starts? What if you still use dial-up? (I'm sorry, to be
politically correct I suppose I should say "bandwidth
Wouldn't it be nice to download it when it's available and
then watch it at your convenience?
Of course it would!
Video download helper now has the option
to convert the files for you automatically. With the latest
version, you can download another "helper" program and have
the files automatically converted to an easier format than
FLV; AVI is the default and works a little bit easier in
You can find a how-to page here.
These video sites keep changing their formats. Good news is
that I have found a downloader that works on sites the others
didn't and is SO EASY TO USE!
It's an add-on for FireFox, appropriately called
Video download helper.
What? You don't use FireFox? Get It. It's Free.
Good news & bad news. Good news is that Google allows
downloading video directly from their site. Bad news is that
YouTube changed their format and now most downloaders don't
work - at least not until they update them. See my blog post to
find out which site supports the new format here.
Step 1 - Download the file
First, copy the URL, then head on over to this site and paste into the url box and
Sound simple enough? Want to make it easier yet? You are
using Firefox, right?
If so, there is a Firefox video download plugin that puts
a little icon in the lower right corner of Firefox that you
can click to download the video of the page you are on.
Simply follow a link to the video, click the icon and when
it prompts you (may be 30 seconds or more), tell it where
to save the video.
Step 2 - Pickup a player
Not quite done yet. The video is saved in an .flv format (flash video). You need an
Download the FREE Riva FLV Encoder 2 or another of your
choosing. Riva does more than just play .flv's,
but for now that's all you need. Install Riva Player, then
go get your video downloads from YouTube, Google, MetaCafe
or whoever. If you perform the default install of Riva, it
will automatically associate Riva Player with .flv files so
that if you double click or open an .flv file, Riva will
open and play it for you.
Note: Riva Player seems to work well, but I was
unable to find a way to enlarge the screen.
Video Lan Player, although found to be a
bit buggy when stopping and starting the video, will enlarge
to the entire screen.
If the video has good enough resolution for that (the recent
movie from Aaron Russo at freedomtofascism.com worked great on my
big screen TV), you might want to choose their player
Do You Create Videos?
If so, I have found an absolute MUST HAVE resource to have
available. I'm no video expert, but what I do know - and a lot
more - can be found at:
A Couple More Notes
Video download is going to be habit forming. Remember that
videos will eat disk space like I eat dark chocolate, so watch
your consumption if your disk space is limited.
Ok, from what I can tell, these methods don't work with
Yahoo! videos, at least not that I can tell. Their videos
always have ads first and many times play only the ad and never
the feature that caused you to click in the first place. Maybe
they'll fix that, who knows.
Most people want video downloads of YouTube, Google and
MetaCafe but the list that the Firefox plugin alone supports is
very extensive (check it out on the plugin link above).
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