So here’s a way of downloading your favourite embedded video from site such as YouTube. (Am paraphrasing something from that very useful site Lifehacker.)
First, a wee bit of background. Typically, embedded videos are in .flv format. After you download the video, you need to re-encode it to another format (e.g. .wmv or .mpg) so you can view it on a media player.
Copy the URL for the video you want to download. (On YouTube, it may look something like this link to a video of a magic trick: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tScm-eZInBE.)
Go to KeepVid.com. Paste the URL in the field you see at the top of the page. To the right of that, there’s a drop-down menu where you can choose the site you’re downloading the video from (e.g. YouTube). Select and then click the “DOWNLOAD” button.
An underlined link will be generated.
Right-click on the link and save target/link as an .flv file. (This means once you select “Save target as…” or “Save link as…” (depending on your browser), you need to change the file extension to “.flv”.)
Wait for the downloading to finish.
Open the Riva FLV Encoder.
Basically, there are three fields that we need to fill in here:
(A) “Input Video” – That’s where you should put the .flv file that you just downloaded.
(B) “Output Directory” – This is where you want your re-encoded .mpg or .wmv file to be stored.
(C) “Destination video file” – This is where you decide the format of the re-encoded file. The default file name and extension here will be the name of your “Input Video”; you need to change the extension to the extension of your desired media format i.e. “.flv” will become “.wmv” if you want to change it to a Windows Media Player file and “.mpg” if you want to change it to an MPEG file.
Fill in those three fields appropriately.
Click on the “Encode” button.
After a while, the “Result” field will let you know if your encoding has succeeded. (I haven’t had it tell me it failed yet.)
You can then play the media file to your heart’s content :)