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Old 02-26-2008, 05:17 PM   #6
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Default Re: Video Download Tutorial

Originally Posted by charlene View Post
I'm still tryin' -- I'm still tryin Cathy..
Oh no she still ain't got it
Originally Posted by catrinka View Post
To download a video file
Once you find a video you want to have in your collection, the challenge is how to download it.
If none of these suggestions work for you and you are computer-savvy, it still may be possible to download a video by accessing the browser cache, finding the video file (usually a large one), copying it somewhere on your hard drive, then rename it. You would have to know the file extension for it to play correctly in your video player, but...if you are using this method, you probably already know that!
Any additions/corrections are gratefully acknowledged!
Great Cathy, and I can add a few points based on my own success in getting copies of streaming videos.
It is a complicated subject that I have attempted to describe myself before but with no obvious all can do result as evidenced by the CHarlady's continuing inability to accomplish this simple task!!!
I gave a pretty full set of instructions as recently as 1 February at:-
in that posting I referred to a website whose URL I had mislaid:
it is at:-
I will try to be brief!!!
I have previously espoused my own tutorial at this very catchy link:-
(I refuse to use as they provide meaningless links as shown by cathy like for her short/tiny kink to the DVDvideosoft downloader
I therefore use where you can use whatever snappy name you wish , providing nobody else had the same bright idea first!!
In my introduction I wrote:-
"The intention of youtube,probably for copyright reasons is obviously to not encourage the saving of their video files, as stated on the youtube site in answer to a simple question at:-
Help Center Home > Getting Started > Saving, Collecting, and Sharing Videos
Can I download videos to watch later?
YouTube's video player is designed to be used within your browser as an Internet experience.
While you can't download videos to your computer, you can temporarily save videos to watch later
by adding them to your QuickList. If you'd like to save them more permanently, login and click
"Save to Favorites" under the videos you'd like to keep.
this is patent rubbish as a simple google for saving youtube videos produces a staggering 10,700,000 results
including many freeware programs
And whilst that denial; might satisfy those with a fast internet connection
As a dial upper I am intimidated and brassed off by the prospect of watching videos in 1 or 2 second chunks.
I realised that,as Bruna had done before me, it was preferable to let the stoopid downloading carry on until its conclusion because it seemed to me to be patently obvious that the video file that very slowly downloads when using a dial-up connection, which was meanwhile viewable in "fits and starts", must be somewhere on ones hard drive because as soon as it has downloaded you are immediately invited to "replay" so that you can watch it again
Taking as an example the recently posted link to the rather wobbly video taken at the Tampa concert (no doubt by one of the front row jokers who had insisted on bringing back a paper beaker of beer to their seats after the interval)

screenshot taken after a total download time of around 40 minutes
And to save it follow these steps
  1. right click on the video's title line
  2. select "properties"
[*]make a note of the URL on youtube in this case it contains the unique address part:- Bcvvy5ZBnS8 so remember "nS8[*]then in Internet Exploder go to the tools menu
[*]select "Internet Options"

[*]select view files

[*]scroll down to the temporary files from today looking for a largish file with a file name looking a lot like this at the beginning:-
Note that in this case the filename includes the part of the full youtube URL (Bcvvy5ZBnS8) that I told you to make a note of above. However it will be listed in this temporary listing as simply "file" as it has no file extension.[*]right click and copy it to a suitable folder on say your desktop It will copy as something like get_video[1] again with no file extension
rename with a suitable filename including the flash video extension flv as shown here:-
NOTE Sometimes I find that no amount of searching will reveal where that file actually is, despite the unarguable fact that it must be on my computer somewhere (If it wasn't then the replay facility would certainly not function. In the case of the Sundown video FLV above I could only find it by rebooting )
Incidentally more than one of those 10,700,000 results are to actual videos providing a tutorial on the above lines for example try:-

which relies on another site where I was told "Online download is down until further notice. Here's a temporary tool for you to download YouTube video. (Tested on Windows XP SP2 + IE7 only)" where the hyperlink takes you to which should then download a 1.35MB setup zipfile that program is useless. Try searching on youtube for "saving tutorial videos youtube" amongst a large number of results results is and one gent has even written a whole series of saving videos tutorials covering a range of video formats. see for example:- How to Save Google videos with IE6
Finally at last I think it is well worth repeating here my notes at the end of my previous 1 February posting:-
  1. Why would you want to save them anyway?
  2. Is it legal??
I found this summary on one site:-
Why would I want to save video from the Internet on my computer?
It is always a good idea to save web content that you like on your computer, as it may not always be available in the future. This includes flash videos. Below are some of the reasons why you may consider saving the video:-
  • So you can access it later at any time, even if you are not connected to the Internet.
  • The video might be removed from the web in the future.
  • The video might be edited, with the content you liked taken out.
  • You may want to use the video material for purposes other than watching: such as using it in presentation.
  • You would like to make the video accessible on your mobile phone, player, or PDA, in this case you need to save it as avi file.
  • You may want to convert the video to another format.
  • Many other reasons!
Or more simply as I see it so that you can then watch the video "on demand" .
BUT the original flv has to be either viewed in one of the free but to me poor looking flv viewers or converted to a different format that you can then play on the vastly more satisfactory Windoze Media Player, or if you are so bold and adventurous burnt to either a Video CD or a DVD to play through a standard television set, for which the video must be in MPEG-1 and -2 format respectively
the answer to 2 is more complex as the issue of copyright rears its head again as it does with all mp3 and copying activity of course.
Basically as I see it it could be argued that the crime is in uploading a copyrighted item not downloading it and as in the case of video tapes per se the argument is that as the courts agreed copying something that you own purely for ones own use is legal.
What is obviously a crime and very much against the artists' interests is to try to profit by selling illegal copies.
If you simply google for "download youtube videos"
you should get a staggering 7 million plus results
including an online download tool that refused to do anything for me at:-
search within those 7 million for "Is this legal"
reduces the total to just over one million including the above referenced techcrunch site again under the google banner
Huh? YouTube Sends TechCrunch A Cease & Desist
there you can read the interesting cease and desist attorney's correspondence with that website from 2006
this was also reported on at:-WeatherID=571
OK that is some food for thought and reading over the next few days.
Having tried to research yet again to try to make it easy I think that when I get time I WILL rewrite my tutorial to emphasize the above method better
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