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R.M.
08-03-2008, 04:04 PM
This is probably a silly question... Am I able to 'copy' a YouTube video off the net - so I can show it at our next club meeting?

And if the answer is yes - how do I do that?

TIA
R.M :)

Digby
08-03-2008, 04:08 PM
Go here: http://keepvid.com/

Then paste the youtube link and it should hopefully give you a download link for the file. The format will be flv which you can play in a flv player or VLC player which I tend to use (it plays most formats).

This info came from Clint in London. It works for me.

What is the name and address of your club ?

And can I come along (unless its the Remuera hand knitting club) Sorry Fendalton hand knitting club....

Regards

Digby

beama
08-03-2008, 04:10 PM
yes
you need firefox with downloadhelper plugin and vlc player if I remember correctly

Speedy Gonzales
08-03-2008, 04:10 PM
You could use the downloader plugin for firefox, and download it with this.

Then you may have to convert it.

Or you could go here (http://www.catchvideo.net/)

Copy and paste the url for the youtube video, select the video format and this site will convert it for you. (either to Mpeg or MP4).

I use this site coz most of the youtube videos I converted with super and any video converter kept going out of sync.

Then all you have to do, is download the converted file, and open it with whatever program.

sal
08-03-2008, 04:14 PM
There's been many online services that allowed this but YouTube have been changing the way their videos are served and some don't work anymore. For example you used to be able to change "youtube.com" to "kissyoutube.com" on the page of a video you wanted and then were presented a download link.

Your best option IMO would be to use a service like zamzar (http://www.zamzar.com/url/) to not only download but convert it to a more portable format. You need to supply an email so just use a disposable one (http://www.sizlopedia.com/2007/05/27/top-20-temporary-and-disposable-email-services/) if you're weary.

sal
08-03-2008, 04:19 PM
Another service similar to Zamzar is ConvertTube (http://www.converttube.com/).

kahawai chaser
08-03-2008, 04:35 PM
You could try this down loader and converter - Biennesoft (http://www.snapfiles.com/get/ytdownloader.html)YouTube Downloader

somebody
08-03-2008, 04:42 PM
R.M: There are too many ways of doing this to list, as you would have found from the various responses so far.

I've personally found Orbit Downloader very useful, however have also used Keepvid and Zamzar with equal success.

R.M.
08-03-2008, 04:48 PM
Ah - so many choices! Thanks for your help - I'll let you know later how I get on. :clap

Had to try it out (the smilie, I mean).

R.M.
08-03-2008, 05:40 PM
Failed - so far. :(

I tried most options - error messages ranged from:

Error: File has no extension. Please select one that has and try again.

To:
Connection failed

Speedy Gonzales
08-03-2008, 05:42 PM
You dont copy you type the url for the video into one of the sites, if it says to type it.

Like the one I posted, whatever the site is in FF or IE, type it on this site.

Then select the video format, then it converts it. Wait for it to finish, it'll bring up a download window thing, all you do is save it.

R.M.
08-03-2008, 06:21 PM
I thought I did that...

Speedy Gonzales
08-03-2008, 06:25 PM
Whats the youtube link for this video?? I'll soon tell you if you did it right

R.M.
08-03-2008, 06:26 PM
http://www.ephotozine.tv/video/Photography-tutorial--depth-of-field-542

--Wolf--
08-03-2008, 06:30 PM
I may be wrong here, but I thought you had to copy it directly from YouTube (ie find that video ON youtube.com and go from there)

R.M.
08-03-2008, 06:33 PM
Oh??:crying

Speedy Gonzales
08-03-2008, 06:34 PM
Ah, click on the video window, (once you select it from the bottom lot) from the link you gave R.M.

(Not play, it'll take you to the video on the Youtube site).

Thats WHAT you copy and paste (the youtube url), in the link I gave.

WHAT exactly are you going to play it on or through after its been converted?

R.M.
08-03-2008, 06:58 PM
Laptop:banana

Any suggestions would be welcome...

michael_elliston
08-03-2008, 07:05 PM
I find the firefox plugins work best for me. [you have to trust the creator though]
One of them I used to have would even check my cache for it - So I could watch it,and save it in 1 second from cache rather than redownload it(right click the video,allow flash to use more hard disk)

For easy video conversion I use WINFF 0.33
For ultra compatibility, you can use choose MPEG2 in it.

Nothing worse than showing someone a video and no internet to get codecs.

VLC player for playback.Its too bad alot of youtube is such rubbish quality,and stage6 isnt allowing more uploads last I saw.

R.M.
08-03-2008, 07:31 PM
I can't find MPEG2 in WINFF 0.33?? Anything else? Whst about Quicktime Movie - or something else??:confused:

Speedy Gonzales
08-03-2008, 07:37 PM
Is Quicktime installed on the laptop??

If it isnt, you'll have to download it from the Apple site.

Or use Quicktime alternative.

Did you go to the link I posted, which will convert it to Mpeg or MP4?

Are you going to put this on a monitor or something other than the laptop, when you play it?

R.M.
08-03-2008, 07:43 PM
Yes - laptop through a data projector (and I can just about work that without raising my blood pressure too much!).

I can get Quicktime installed on the lappy. :thanks

michael_elliston
08-03-2008, 07:53 PM
Dont change it from codec,to another,to another. This SUMS the distortions.Try not to use real/quicktime/wmv this only complicates it and you can accidentally put DRM on it.

Because then if your friend wants it on their usb stick for example, theyl need that proprietary video player also.

Sorry - DVD is mpeg2.
Winff has heaps - PAL DVD 'high quality'
Or Xvid codec.

VLC player for playback.

Set it to two pass. You could set the bitrate in the options to ~1024kbps if its youtube(YT being ~256k flv)Setting this bitrate abit higher than the original helps to avoid distortion - and theres not much point setting it to 8000kbps.

Test it out.I use winff quite often for stubborn/half corrupt videos.

sal
08-03-2008, 08:15 PM
Right-click to download (http://stash.ableapp.com/here/powerofdepthoffield.mpg) (7.7 MB, MPEG)

Just so you know, I used ConvertTube (http://www.converttube.com/) to convert it remotely then used my server's mirror script to stash it for you.

michael_elliston
08-03-2008, 08:26 PM
Right-click to download (http://stash.ableapp.com/here/powerofdepthoffield.mpg) (7.7 MB, MPEG)

Just so you know, I used ConvertTube (http://www.converttube.com/) to convert it remotely then used my server's mirror script to stash it for you.

Hmm looks like a useful site.problem solved!

beeswax34
08-03-2008, 08:36 PM
Use VLC to play it back on the laptop and save all the bother with Quicktime.

Its a lot more stable and plus you have the option of playing all sorts of formats later on.

R.M.
08-03-2008, 08:45 PM
Right-click to download (http://stash.ableapp.com/here/powerofdepthoffield.mpg) (7.7 MB, MPEG)

Just so you know, I used ConvertTube (http://www.converttube.com/) to convert it remotely then used my server's mirror script to stash it for you.

Yep - downloaded ok, but won't play. :(

R.M.
08-03-2008, 08:49 PM
Is Quicktime installed on the laptop??
Did you go to the link I posted, which will convert it to Mpeg or MP4?


Yes I did - but it wouldn't complete the task - took for ages. :(

I think I have to go to bed now - and have another go at it tomorrow.:clap :clap

michael_elliston
08-03-2008, 08:52 PM
Yep - downloaded ok, but won't play. :(

Your PC cant even play an MPEG? Maybe its non standard - confuses WMP or similar.

R.M.
09-03-2008, 09:06 AM
Good morning - funny how things seem much easier in the cold light of day (and I wasn't drinking!).

I have successfully converted and downloaded from both ConvertTube & CatchVideo sites this morning (but on my lappy - there are problems on my desktop that I am ignoring at the moment). The quality isn't great - both the same. The only comment I would make is that the ConvertTube site was MUCH quicker than the CatchVideo site. All in all - a great learning experience for me! Thanks to all for your help. :)

B.M.
09-03-2008, 09:59 AM
If you type "youtube downloader" into Google you'll be spoilt with choice. ;)

sal
09-03-2008, 10:36 AM
If you type "youtube downloader" into Google you'll be spoilt with choice. ;)

As I said earlier, alot of them don't work anymore, it's a matter of finding on that does.

michael_elliston
09-03-2008, 10:53 AM
Also, from my very basic knowledge of copyright - your only allowed to record video/audio for time shifting,and deleting it later(or certain other exceptions like reviewing and critique).

So really its illegal as downloading entire dvd-r movies,and peoples VCR tape archives , even though its rubbish quality !

vitalstatistix
09-03-2008, 11:31 AM
So really its illegal as downloading entire dvd-r movies,and peoples VCR tape archives , even though its rubbish quality !

And we should care about some outdated irrelevant law because?

If content was made universally available at a reasonable price as opposed to stupid staggered releases "pirating" wouldn't need to be the issue it is today. The only thing that is stopping that from happening is shortsightedness, greed and the desire to retain "control" over media content (which went out the door with the advent of Napster in 1998)

ughnz
09-03-2008, 12:32 PM
Umm.. I wonder if this might be worth adding this type of question to the FAQ?

The method I use that works every time is to pull the downloaded video from firefox cache then playback with media player classic using FFDSHOW codec.
Not an elegant one button solution but it does not matter how much youtube messes with the HTML it works!

If you need to covert it, the likes of SUPER work well enough.

andy
10-03-2008, 12:06 PM
Try these -
1. Clipfinder (from www.ashampoo.com) is a free clip locator. Just type in a topic and it searches several sites and lists the results.
2. ClipFisher (www.ashampoo.com) will download, let you edit , play and convert video clips. Dead easy to use and only costs $15 us.
I've used both heaps to find stuff for various class lessons.

michael_elliston
10-03-2008, 04:15 PM
And we should care about some outdated irrelevant law because?

If content was made universally available at a reasonable price as opposed to stupid staggered releases "pirating" wouldn't need to be the issue it is today. The only thing that is stopping that from happening is shortsightedness, greed and the desire to retain "control" over media content (which went out the door with the advent of Napster in 1998)

Exactly. In the end,the corporations lose for being stubborn.Have a look at 'miro'.Torrent based CMS thingie.
If you could order higher quality for a small price it would be even better.