Saturday, June 19, 2010

How to Save Videos From Webpage videos (Youtube, etc..)

Several people have been asking me for this so here it is:

What you'll need:
- Latest version of firefox, for safety and functions. (this was written at the time of 3.6.3)
- Addon for capturing the video for firefox. (I'll be writing about Download Helper but there are many other fine add ons)
- A website with video. (I'll write this post with Youtube)

After installing firefox and opening the application, go to Tools,  Add-ons

A window will appear, then go to "Get Add-ons"

In the search box, type in "DownloadHelper", then click on the bottom "See all results"

This will open up another tab (or page depending on your settings) with all the results. Scroll down to "Video DownloadHelper". Then click on "Add to Firefox"

Another window will appear that will give you a warning about malicious software, etc, etc... I've been using this software for over 3 year and never had a problem with it. However, if you feel this may do harm to your computer then DO NOT INSTALL it.

If you have gotten over your fears, then click on "Install Now". The add on window will appear and it will install. After it is completed, it will ask you to restart. Click on "Restart FireFox"

After it restarts, go to Tools, and at the very bottom you'll see "DownloadHelper" with 3 colored balls. If you move your mouse over Downloadhelper, it will give you another submenu with choices. Go to "preferences" and how to save, where to ask, asking to save, etc.... Adjust preferences to your liking.

You will also noticed an icon by the menu bar (it may be in another location based upon your configuration) but it looks like this.

When you go to a website that has a video it can capture it will look like this:


It will also spin around

Before we capture any videos, we need to have a flash player installed. I mention this because most people don't have a flash player installed.  I use applian flash player. Easy to use, simple (not many configurations), works and the best of all, it's free.
you can find the it here.
Install by click on the download button and run

After that is installed, then you can go to a website that has videos.
I recommend:

Go to one of the sites and choose a video you want to capture.
NOTE: DownloadHelper(DH) can capture most video content displayed on the webpage. flv, avi, mpeg, etc.. There are sites however that you will not be able to capture video (Hulu). I have encountered other sites as well but they are the minority.

After you have found a video you want, and the three balls are spinning, click on the little arrow on the right side of the spinning balls.
NOTE: there will be advertisements that may be in the choices as well as file names you are not familiar with (numbers, letters). Usually the one in bold is the one you want, however there will be times when it is not. You'll have to figure out which is the video you really want.

I want "9 - Offical Tailer.flv". Notice that it's not in bold and there are other links as well.
NOTE: if you want to capture your video, you need to follow this step as the video is being queue. After it is finished queued, it will no longer appear in the list of choices.
There may also be the same file multiple times. In youtube, you'll have resolution choices. The mp4 is their hi-def version. It is much better quality but the file will also be larger.
Move your mouse to the video you want, and another submenu will appear. Choose "Download".

It will open another window and ask where you want to save it. Choose the location and hit save.
Firefox's save window will appear and it will be saved in the location you specified.

Once it is finished downloading, you can open the file with your flash player, or the media player that is appropriate.

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