[Spellyans] A techie posting: Downloading YouTube videos

Eddie Climo eddie_climo at yahoo.co.uk
Sat Aug 9 08:26:42 IST 2008


On 8 Aug 2008, at 20:49, janicelobb at tiscali.co.uk wrote:
> Penny might be interested to hear Dick Gendall speaking on Youtube
> http://uk.youtube.com/watch?v=EQHSADF4FP8
> http://uk.youtube.com/watch?v=-boCJhBxyYE
> Ehaz
>
> Jan
>
Thanks for those, Jan. If you go to YouTube and search on 'Cornish  
Language', you'll get several dozen hits (including these 2), some of  
which are quite good -- and others a waste of bandwidth, govy!

** What follows is off-topic for this list, but might be useful. **

For those of you runnng MacOS X on your PC, there's a couple of ways  
to download movies from sites like YouTube (which don't offer you a  
download option).

(For those unfortunates stuck with Windows, there's probably  
something equivalent. I doubt whether Microsoft's Internet Explorer  
can handle the 2nd method, so it might be worth looking at one of the  
free alternatives, such as Firefox or Opera, which tend to be leaner  
and more powerful.)

(1) The simplest movie download method is this:
-- download the free Mac utility 'TubeTV' from http:// 
www.chimoosoft.com/products/tubetv/
-- install it, and do the same with the freeware program Perian, from  
http://perian.org
-- TubeTV will download Flash and YouTube-type movies, and  
automatically convert them from an FLV file into a choice of other  
formats.
-- play them either in QuickTime Player, or in one of the other apps  
mentioned below.

(2) Alternatively, you could try this more hands-on method:
-- in the Safari browser, open the Window / Activity window
-- go to the YouTube (or whatever) page has the movie on, and start  
to play it
-- in the Activity window, you'll typically see in the list 1 large  
file downloading, probably over 1/2 MB in size. This will be the  
movied. Double click on that item in the list, and Safari will  
obligingly download it for you, with the name "get_video"
-- rename it as you choose, and add the file exension .flv

(3) Playing your downloaded movies:
-- to play this sort of FLV file, you'll need to enhance Quicktime by  
installing the freeware program Perian, from http://perian.org
-- instead of using 'QuickTime Player', you might like to install the  
free "SWF and FLV Player" from http://mac.eltima.com/ 
freeflashplayer.html
-- another good player that's worth having is the free VLC Media  
Player from http://www.videolan.org/vlc/, which is available for both  
Mac and Windows. VLC can handle many formats of audio and video, and  
acts as a player, converter and streaming media server program. You  
really ought to have a copy anyway.

(I'm not sure if Windows Media Centre --or whatever it's called-- can  
handle FLV files. If not, there's probably a free upgrade you can  
download for it).



Eddie Foirbeis Climo
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