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Youtube downloads
scholar - 24-12-2007 at 00:11

I now have a flash video player, with which I can play youtube flash video files. However, I don't know how to get youtube flashvideo files in a way that I can save them. If I click on a youtube link, and wait sufficiently long, I can get one to display (after perhaps half an hour!:o), but I don't know how to have it on the hard drive to view later.

I do have a download manager, Netvampire, if that would be useful.:)


marymary100 - 24-12-2007 at 01:01

I store mine on my bebo page which, because I've already downloaded them once, play properly the next time. Not sure how else you could do it but I've got 25 on bebo atm which is more than enough for me.


marymary100 - 24-12-2007 at 01:04

The teen uses something called "active egg" if that helps.confused2


Try here though................. link


Katzy - 24-12-2007 at 01:08

After they've played, you can usually find them in your browser's cache.

If you use IE, though, that might not be so easy to do.

If you do a search for "YouTube downloaders", you'll find loads. Have a look at NoNags, for freebies.

Firefox and Opera have extensions/widgets for downloading those vids, too.

I use the originally-titled "VideoGet", coz it converts the flv files to AVI/MPG/Whatever, as well as downing them.


scholar - 24-12-2007 at 01:55

Kat, is there an advantage to converting them to another file format? Do they take less space on the hard drive, for example?

Thank you, Kat and Marymary.:D


Daz - 24-12-2007 at 02:13

Not 100% sure Scholar, but I don't think so... I seem to remember reading somewhere that Flash is a popular format for the Web because of it's file size... (Amongst other things)


the_punisher - 28-12-2007 at 02:55

youtube uses the .flv file format. its a nice and compact video format and thus i dont convert my videos to other file formats.

but if you want to convert them to any file format the best free video converter is SUPEr: you can download it from their homepage here


to download utube videos i use orbit downloader. You can download orbit from here


just download it and turn on the grab++ option, it will automatically catch any flash content on the page, including youtube flv files :)


Katzy - 28-12-2007 at 10:10

The reason that I convert them is that they're easier to edit.

Plus, more people have the facility to play avi/wmv/mpg files than flv, at the moment.

If I'm editing them for further presentation on a webby, I convert them to swf, coz most people's browsers can play them.


scholar - 28-12-2007 at 11:05

Quote:
Originally posted by Katzy
I convert them to swf, coz most people's browsers can play them.
swf? Single White Female?:o

:jester) Nah, that can't be right! :jester)


Quaver - 28-12-2007 at 12:20

I convert them for my mp3 player (music only) or PDA (video);) Neither machine is capable of playing flvs.


KOUROSH - 28-12-2007 at 18:13

my dear friend scholar video piggy is what you need here is the link

http://www.download.com/Video-Piggy/3000-2140_4-10644858.html


KOUROSH - 28-12-2007 at 18:15

there are other softwares for saving video if you go to download and search for video savers or screen savers you get a few softwares best of luck and merry xmass to you and everyone


KOUROSH - 28-12-2007 at 18:24

you must also download window media coac which can help download other files or links

http://www.download.com/Windows-Essentials-Media-Codec-Pack/3000-2140_4-10662710.html?tag=toprated


scholar - 28-12-2007 at 19:04

Quaver, do you also use the videoget downloader, which Katzy says converts the files as well? Or, do you use another program? (I haven't checked yet, whether videoget is free and available to me.)

I don't know if I have the latest version of Windows Media Player, either. I haven't checked to see if Real Alternative plays wmv files.

I don't think I have a program to edit video files OR mp3 files. I would like to have one, because sometimes I get files that include stuff I don't need, and I would rather save the space on my hard drive and not have to find the spot (perhaps 1/3 of the way through) that has the quote, or verses of the song, or scene I want.) Also, I sometimes wish I could add or subtract music verses (Is that clear? E.g. I have music that goes through the melody for three verses of "Oh, Come, All Ye Faithful" but I'd like to repeat one of them because I have words to a fourth verse).


Katzy - 28-12-2007 at 19:15

If you use Firefox, Scholar, you can get an extension, or two.

One's called, rather originally, "Video downloader" (You can get similar Opera widgets, too) and the other's called "Unplug".

If you have a look at NoNags, you'll find a load of freebies.

http://www.nonags.com/software.asp?ID=1339

http://www.nonags.com/software.asp?ID=1340

There's a whole load of them, there.


scholar - 28-12-2007 at 19:23

Is it only NonagsPlus that requires a fee? (A fews years ago, I thought my brother told me that he paid a fee to get any nonags software.) There is an ad that says there is a discount on membership.


crikey - 28-12-2007 at 20:08

I use UnPlug, the Firefox extension. Also have Riva flv player, together with Riva Decoder for converting to avi or wmv. With most of my YouTube downloads, I only want the music. So, after converting to avi, I use RAD Video Tools to extract the sound as a wave file, then CDex to convert the wav to mp3. Those Riva, RAD and CDex tools are all free.

Probably sounds like a complicated way to go about things, but it works, and I've never had a failure.


Katzy - 28-12-2007 at 20:41

Nope. It's all free, Sholar, unless you WANT to join their "Paid for" section.

Google, however, is your friend. There are HUNDREDS of this type of program available.

http://www.google.com/search?num=100&hl=en&safe=off&client=opera&rls=en&hs=AwL&q=%22free%22%22YouTube+Vi deo+Converter%22&btnG=Search

From the first page, there's this:

http://www.dvdvideosoft.com/products/dvd/Free-YouTube-Download.htm

which saves the vid as an avi. Looks simple enough, too.


dr john - 29-12-2007 at 09:17

Quote:
Originally posted by crikey
I use UnPlug, the Firefox extension. Also have Riva flv player, together with Riva Decoder for converting to avi or wmv. With most of my YouTube downloads, I only want the music. So, after converting to avi, I use RAD Video Tools to extract the sound as a wave file, then CDex to convert the wav to mp3. Those Riva, RAD and CDex tools are all free.

Probably sounds like a complicated way to go about things, but it works, and I've never had a failure.

If all I wanted was the sound, I'd play it direct from youtube via Total Recorder and save it. No need to download, convert and extract. Just record it. Total Recorder demo is no use, just buy it as it's so cheap. I'm told audacity can do this too, but haven't tried that.


LSemmens - 29-12-2007 at 10:47

Audacity is free: http://audacity.sourceforge.net/


crikey - 29-12-2007 at 14:03

I already have Audacity but, like so many other things you tend to download, I'd forgotton it! A timely reminder, Dr John, for a doddery old git - cheers!


Quaver - 29-12-2007 at 14:15

I use Riva encoder like Crikey to convert.