downloading videos

Discussion in 'Internet Explorer' started by Jo-Anne, May 17, 2013.

  1. Jo-Anne

    Jo-Anne Guest

    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
     
    Jo-Anne, May 17, 2013
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  2. Jo-Anne

    Mayayana Guest

    | 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.
     
    Mayayana, May 17, 2013
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  3. Jo-Anne

    Jo-Anne Guest

    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
     
    Jo-Anne, May 17, 2013
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  4. Jo-Anne

    Mayayana Guest

    | 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.
     
    Mayayana, May 18, 2013
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  5. Jo-Anne

    Jo-Anne Guest

    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
     
    Jo-Anne, May 20, 2013
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  6. Jo-Anne

    Henry Guest

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

    Henry
     
    Henry, May 20, 2013
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  7. Jo-Anne

    Jo-Anne Guest

    Thank you, Henry! That sounds good.

    Jo-Anne
     
    Jo-Anne, May 21, 2013
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