Have you ever wished those youtube videos were saved to your desktop? Have you ever watched a streaming movie and thought “wow, I wish I could save that to my desktop”
Well, now you can. Here’s how to turn that frown upside down!
Here’s my little guide to saving those beloved songs, video clips, and
movies to your computer.
So you want to download stuff huh? First off, i’m using the firefox download helper method. Here’s how it works:
- Download Mozilla Firefox
- Install it, and afterwards, download the plug-in Video download helper
- Install that, then restart Firefox. Navigate to the site where you would like to stream from;
- Once you reach the site, you will notice if you right click on any space within the site, or go to tools>DownloadHelper, there will be one or more .flv files. Download the one that reads the most relevant, or if you’re confused, judge by size.
- For instance. if w-file3093.flv is 1kb and w-file39093.flv is 4.59mb, I’m guessing that the 4.59 mb file is the song you want.Make sure you save to a directory that will make the file easy to locate.
- Once that is done,use either Freez FLV to mp3 converter or Pazera FLV to AVI converter, depending on the file type you’ve downloaded.
- If the website opens up the stream in a pop up with no right click function (since these are flash video files) you can get around that by viewing the source of the page before you click the link to watch the video.
If you have made it this far, then you are ready to convert your file to whatever it is it needs to be converted to. These are the general steps for both players:
- First, import the file. For an mp3, you can choose the settings that you want for output. I usually choose a bitrate of 320 and 48000 output frequency. You can adjust this to your liking.
- *SIDE NOTE* The higher the quality, the larger the size will be of the mp3. Same goes with movies and videos.
- Now for movies, you’re going to want to read up on things. There’s a million and one codecs, audio settings, and resoultions. 2-pass encoding can be useful in certain situations as well. If it’s a youtube file you don’t have to get too crazy with the settings. If it’s a movie, use the mpeg codec (something like FFshow) and a decent resolution. Remember, you’re converting streaming video that’s low in resolution to a higher resolution at the expense of bricks and fragments in motion, so if you’re hearts desire is to be in high definition, use 2-pass encoding.
This guide works for pretty much any website where streaming content is present. Do I use it? Well no, of course 😉 . But It’s guaranteed to work. I’m not going to say what, but I will say “imagine the possibilities” that can come with being able to download the internet, so to speak. Happy downloading and converting kids!