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Jo-Anne
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      05-17-2013
Is there a way to keep a copy of videos, such as those on YouTube, on one's
hard drive? Is it OK to do this? I'd be happy to ask the video owners for
permission if that's needed. (I'd like to keep instructional videos handy
for when I don't have an internet connection.)

Thank you,

Jo-Anne


 
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Mayayana
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      05-17-2013
| Is there a way to keep a copy of videos, such as those on YouTube, on
one's
| hard drive?

I'm not aware of anything specifically for IE.
If you use Firefox or Palemoon you can install
DownloadHelper:
http://www.downloadhelper.net/

It installs as an extension and shows up on the toolbar.
Whenever you're at a site with downloadable media
it will allow you to save a copy in any resolution available.
Unfortunately, it mostly only works at Youtube. An
advantage, though: You don't need to enable javascript.
And you don't need to view the video first.

If you don't have a player get the free VLC Media Player.
It will play the .FLV files from Youtube.

I've tried to find software that works with other sites,
such as Vimeo, but with no luck. I refuse to install Flash
and try to avoid enabling script, so I just have to pass on
any videos people put on Vimeo. There are programs
that will save video as you watch it, but I haven't tried
those.

| Is it OK to do this?

You're actually downloading the file anyway. You can't
view it otherwise. Video websites often try to obfuscate
the links so that it's difficult to download directly, giving
the impression that you're viewing online rather than
downloading. That forces people to keep going back to
re-view, and presumably see ads when they do. But it's
the same as a webpage. It's a file. You can save a webpage
if you want to view it offline. It would be difficult for video
owners to claim that you don't have a right to download
the file when they've put it online and invited you to do
just that.



 
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Jo-Anne
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      05-17-2013
Thank you very much, Mayayana! I've been meaning to install Firefox anyway,
so this will give me the incentive to do it. I do use VLC Media Player.
There used to be a way to download the videos without a third party program,
but I haven't been able to get it to work for a while. It used
IE|Tools|Internet Options|Browsing History|Settings|View Files.

Jo-Anne


"Mayayana" <> wrote in message
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>| Is there a way to keep a copy of videos, such as those on YouTube, on
> one's
> | hard drive?
>
> I'm not aware of anything specifically for IE.
> If you use Firefox or Palemoon you can install
> DownloadHelper:
> http://www.downloadhelper.net/
>
> It installs as an extension and shows up on the toolbar.
> Whenever you're at a site with downloadable media
> it will allow you to save a copy in any resolution available.
> Unfortunately, it mostly only works at Youtube. An
> advantage, though: You don't need to enable javascript.
> And you don't need to view the video first.
>
> If you don't have a player get the free VLC Media Player.
> It will play the .FLV files from Youtube.
>
> I've tried to find software that works with other sites,
> such as Vimeo, but with no luck. I refuse to install Flash
> and try to avoid enabling script, so I just have to pass on
> any videos people put on Vimeo. There are programs
> that will save video as you watch it, but I haven't tried
> those.
>
> | Is it OK to do this?
>
> You're actually downloading the file anyway. You can't
> view it otherwise. Video websites often try to obfuscate
> the links so that it's difficult to download directly, giving
> the impression that you're viewing online rather than
> downloading. That forces people to keep going back to
> re-view, and presumably see ads when they do. But it's
> the same as a webpage. It's a file. You can save a webpage
> if you want to view it offline. It would be difficult for video
> owners to claim that you don't have a right to download
> the file when they've put it online and invited you to do
> just that.
>
>
>



 
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Mayayana
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      05-18-2013
| There used to be a way to download the videos without a third party
program,
| but I haven't been able to get it to work for a while. It used
| IE|Tools|Internet Options|Browsing History|Settings|View Files.
|

A lot of sites work hard to prevent direct access
to the file. I wonder if maybe the files you were
managing to save were somehow rigged not to be
cached.


 
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Jo-Anne
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      05-20-2013
"Mayayana" <> wrote in message
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>| There used to be a way to download the videos without a third party
> program,
> | but I haven't been able to get it to work for a while. It used
> | IE|Tools|Internet Options|Browsing History|Settings|View Files.
> |
>
> A lot of sites work hard to prevent direct access
> to the file. I wonder if maybe the files you were
> managing to save were somehow rigged not to be
> cached.
>
>

Could be. The latest one I tried to download this way had broken up the
video into a bunch of smaller files. I tried opening one of them, and I got
some of the voice--but that's all.

Jo-Anne


 
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      05-20-2013
Jo-Anne wrote:
> "Mayayana" <> wrote in message
> news:kn6qou$og6$...
>
>>| There used to be a way to download the videos without a third party
>>program,
>>| but I haven't been able to get it to work for a while. It used
>>| IE|Tools|Internet Options|Browsing History|Settings|View Files.
>>|
>>
>> A lot of sites work hard to prevent direct access
>>to the file. I wonder if maybe the files you were
>>managing to save were somehow rigged not to be
>>cached.
>>
>>

>
> Could be. The latest one I tried to download this way had broken up the
> video into a bunch of smaller files. I tried opening one of them, and I got
> some of the voice--but that's all.
>
> Jo-Anne
>
>

Try CamStudio. http://camstudio.org/ It requires a bit of learning, but will
download anything and it's free.

Henry
 
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      05-21-2013
"Henry" <> wrote in message
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> Jo-Anne wrote:
>> "Mayayana" <> wrote in message
>> news:kn6qou$og6$...
>>
>>>| There used to be a way to download the videos without a third party
>>>program,
>>>| but I haven't been able to get it to work for a while. It used
>>>| IE|Tools|Internet Options|Browsing History|Settings|View Files.
>>>|
>>>
>>> A lot of sites work hard to prevent direct access
>>>to the file. I wonder if maybe the files you were
>>>managing to save were somehow rigged not to be
>>>cached.
>>>
>>>

>>
>> Could be. The latest one I tried to download this way had broken up the
>> video into a bunch of smaller files. I tried opening one of them, and I
>> got some of the voice--but that's all.
>>
>> Jo-Anne

> Try CamStudio. http://camstudio.org/ It requires a bit of learning, but
> will download anything and it's free.
>
> Henry


Thank you, Henry! That sounds good.

Jo-Anne


 
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