Let’s Get Some Video

Downloader 9 for your YouTube downloading needs.

Downloader 9 for your YouTube downloading needs.

There is nothing more exciting than finding a great video you can use in your classroom on YouTube. It’s free, it’s there for the taking … but it’s blocked on your school server. Firewalls are a blessing and a curse, and districts have many reasons for having a firewall in place. One way to get around it, use a YouTube ripper.

A couple of terms you need to know before you get going. There are two types of files you will be working with flash video (.flv) and windows media files (WMV). Most Youtube videos on the web are stored as flash video files. To download it, you need a ripper. One of the most consistent rippers I have discovered is at http://www.downloader9.com/. The website has directions on it should you get confused, but all you need to do is paste in the URL (web address) for the You-Tube video.

Once this is done you will need to save the video to your computer. This is the tricky part, because you will need to add .flv to the video.

For example, if the video is saved as “vacation.” When you save the video you will need to save it as “Vacation.flv.” After saving the video as an .flv file, you will need to download another program. That program is YouTube Downloader, another free program on the net. You can download here from cnet. You can open the flv file using this program, however, our goal is to convert the file to play on Windows Media Player.

Use this program to convert your video from a .flv vile.

Use this program to convert your video from a .flv vile.

Once you have installed the YouTube Downloader, open the file and choose convert file. You can then save it as a windows media file and you are good to go. You can also use YouTube Downloader to rip videos from YouTube, however, it doesn’t always work. If you use Downloader9, you will be more successful and get the video you want from the net. Once you have the file saved, transfer to a disk and take it to school to play at work or on your laptop. Hopefully this works for you, should you have any questions, please feel free to email me, tech@cada1.org.

One other thing to be aware of, pixilation. Essentially, if the quality of the video is low, it will look blurry and blocky on your screen. Play with it and you will learn what works and what doesn’t work.

Happy Ripping!

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~ by cadaleaders on October 2, 2009.

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