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Saving You Tube  and other videos

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From: Dennis Newson

Sent: Wednesday, June 18, 2008 11:04 AM
Subject: [learningwithcomputers] Capturing You Tube videos

Have had a request to capture and burn on to disk a number of You Tube videos. I'm a PC Windows XP person.

What programs - free, preferably - would you recommend for recording and replaying?


Dennis,  the asker of questions



I'd suggest using a free webbased service like:

< http://splandoo.com/ >

< http://youconvertit.com/OnlineVideo.aspx >

< http://keepvid.com/ >

< http://www.zamzar.com/url/ >

If you really prefer a session recorder try these:

Free Screen session recorder


Website: http://www.debugmode.com/wink/

Download page: http://www.debugmode.com/wink/download.php

Windows Media Encoder

Website: http://www.microsoft.com/windows/windowsmedia/forpros/encoder/default.mspx

Download page: http://www.microsoft.com/downloads/details.aspx?FamilyID=5691ba02-e496-465a-bba9-b2f1182cdf24&displaylang=en

AVI Screen Classic

Website: http://www.bobyte.com/

Download page: http://www.bobyte.com/AviScreen/DownloadC.asp


Website: http://sourceforge.net/projects/icord/

Download page: http://sourceforge.net/project/showfiles.php?group_id=87787


Website: http://www.camstudio.org

Download page: http://www.camstudio.org/CamStudio20.exe


Website: http://sourceforge.net/projects/krut

Download page: http://sourceforge.net/project/showfiles.php?group_id=129468


Website: http://www.jingproject.com

Download page: http://download.techsmith.com/jing/windows/jing_setup.exe

Hope it helps

Just sharing...because it is caring!





Hi Dennis

If you register with (free) idesktop.tv you can search and download video from YouTube and a load of other sources in a variety of formats.



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On 6/18/08, Anna Filatova <filatowa@mail.ru> wrote:


I am using the website http://keepvid.com/. It works instantaneously. You can dowload videos both in .flv (Flash video) and .mp4. For playing .flv files I use http://www.gomlab.com/eng/ . It's a free media player with popular audio and video codecs built in.
Another good web site is http://vixy.net/ It automatically converts a YouTube video to MPEG (AVI/MOV/MP4/MP3) online. When you submit a URL, it will download and convert to the video format, and then you can download the converted file.

There's also a free Firefox add-on: http://www.applian.com/fast-video-download/ 

Hope that helps.






I use real player to download videos. It's free and works with firefox.



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Hi Dennis,

Both Realplayer and Windows Mediaplayer have upgraded and look good.

I've installed Realplayer and now there's always a little pop-up

window where I can jsut click to download. The only problem is when

you don't want to use Realplayer and it's your default.

sunny greetings from cold Switzerland



Being a bit sensitive about the issue, I have a slightly different

take on this thread "Capturing You Tube videos".

I humbly began capturing tiny 120 x 90 videos on high-end wintel

computers a long time ago. I was capturing video I shot myself, with

help from my friends.

Over 20 years later, I am actually glad to see some of my own

"captured video" on sites where I had never imagined I would find it.

I am especially happy with half of these sites which link to my own

site without me even asking, and of course I'm less happy with others

who don't.

I think that it is indeed very cool to capture video on the net,

especially for our educational needs, but when we embed it on our own

blogs or sites, we should simply say where it came from. In cases

where the captured video does not come from hollywood movie trailers,

for example, I think "netiquette" towards (much) smaller independent

videomakers would include a short email message, offering a mention of

the source.

The old copyright rules are outdated, creative commons is becoming

more popular, but common sense is all which is needed here, I think.

Personally speaking, in a similar domain, if I need a picture for one

of my new lessons, I go to google image search or similar, then I

write a message to the person who seems to be the owner (sometimes

it's really hard to find out who, if anyone, owns a picture).

Half of the time, I get a positive response (with about 10 to 15%

outright refusal). The other half of the time, there is no response,

so I have to decide what to do. If the picture is really good, I

usually appropriate it for my own needs, knowing at least I have an

archived request for use in my free and free-access online educational

lessons, also a witness to my good faith.

My 2 euro cents,






Someone in my family just downloaded the free version of Real Player to

one of our computers and I noticed that now there is a little tab which

comes up automatically on all You Tube videos offering to download it.

Having decided some years ago that Real Player was far too aggressive

and to use Real Alternative instead I would have rushed over and

stopped the download of Real Player if I'd known it was happening. But

now I'm having second thoughts. We tried it out and it is just so easy!




Dennis Newson wrote:

"Have had a request to capture and burn on to disk a number of You Tube

videos. I'm a PC Windows XP person. What programs - free, preferably -

would you recommend for recording and replaying?"

The newest version of Real Player will do it with the greatest of ease.

Simon, the answerer of this question but not many others:-)))


Dear Dennis,

Try a software called "You Tube Catcher". It works pretty well for me. Also, if you have the latest version of Real Player, it has a button that appears everytime you watch a video on line that goes "Download this video".

Hope this helps!




Hi Dennis,

I have been following the discussion about downloading Youtube Videos in the LWC-group-

The tap people have been talking about only pops up when you are playing a video; you'll see it in the right hand top corner of the video screen.

Hope that helps!



Further to the most helpful information that members have been sending in with regard to the recording of video from You Tube, I've discovered that if you have Real Player installed (not that I like the intrusive amount of advertisement on it) and you run your mouse over the title, the words: Record this video appear and if you click Real Player does just that, and puts the recording in your Real Player library. It seems you can also burn to a disc, but I've not yet tried that. Several people have mentioned Real Player but I had been searching in vain for the words Record this video. Are there any disadvantages to recording this way? Dennis aka Denos 



Hi Dennis

I'm not sure if anyone has mentioned this, but Firefox has an extension

that enables you to download videos from YouTube:




This answer is from a former student of mine, but it is answer to a supplementary question - How can I burn a copy of a video I have downloaded? I thought it was worth putting here.



question: Does the DVD that you want to burn have to be played back in a

DVD-player? Or will it be enough if it gets played back on a


In the latter case you don't need to worry. Just download the YouTube

videos using this routine:

1. Open the YouTube video you want to download.

2. Copy the URL from the URL field of your browser.

3. Go to http://keepvid.com/

4. Paste the URL you copied into the field and click on "download"

5. A download link will appear. Click on that.

(5.b In some cases, two links will appear: one for the lower-quality

.flv file, one for a higher-quality .mp4 file. You chose...)

6. Your browser will download a .flv file and will safe it where your

downloads go, naming it "get_video.flv" (or, in the case of the .mp4

file, "get_video.mp4") .

7. After the download, rename the file with something that will tell you

what file you have there (e.g. "beatles.flv").

8. Put the file in a folder, and add all other files you will download

there, too.

9. After saving all the files in that folder, burn the folder on a DVD

as you would do with any DVD for saving files.

10. For playing back, chose the files on the DVD with a program that can

play back .flv files (and others), e.g. VLC player. If RealPlayer can do

the job, you're lucky. :-)

11. For more comfort, make a playlist with the playback program (VLC,

RealPlayer etc), adding all the files you want to play in the desired


12. Press "play" to playback the list.

13. Enjoy.

Hope that works.

This is easier and safer than trying to make a DVD for "standard"

DVD-Players from the files.

I've been messing around making a program that watches IE's temporary

internet file folder, and captures any flvs it finds there. It then saves

them to my documents/saveflv, and also makes an htm to play them with a


Unfortunately it doesn’t work with firefox, since firefox puts the flv file

in the windows temp directory, locks it while using it, and deletes it

immediately when you change pages.

Good old Big Brother Firefox programmers.

FLVs play better with mplayer/smplayer than with swf.

I've gotten interested in WordPress, which looks like a great program and

has a wonderful developer base. I wanted to run it under IIS because I need

it on an established domain that is already on IIS. You can do it if you

hack this file, hack that file, and add a url rewrite commercial login. Then

rehack each time a new verison comes out?

I wanted to run the MU version, but it's missing simple stuff like don't

leave the system open to anyone who wants to create blog - gee a simple

Boolean in the configuration file and a little code would fix that, but no

you have to hack it to do it. Should have been fixed years ago, right? And

why aren't all the links permament to begin with, instead of continuous

hacking to make them so? So the software started out that way because the

programmers were lazy or inexperienced or in a hurry - that's no reason to

do so now.

Or how about a blog owner being able to limit comments to actual subscribers

of the blog? Gee there's a hack for that, or widget or wodget or blodget or


Instead thousands of blog owners have to go back and spend thousands of

hours removing splam or splog or whatever they call it - because the

software is written by a committee and their ego wars are more important

than serving the community, I guess.

They could put in the fix and the true blue hard core traditionalists could

ignore it, but not yet.

Or setting up ten new tables for each blog? To impress Jodie Foster, I


I know, I know. I should write my own.

Brad JensenO




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