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Dazbog
Sep 15th, 2006, 12:20 AM
how do you watch youtube videos ? it always seem to stop after like 2 seconds. :S

thanks for any help!

Сузи
Sep 15th, 2006, 08:02 PM
how do you watch youtube videos ? it always seem to stop after like 2 seconds. :S

thanks for any help!
I think thats because its still loading? I don't know. It does that to me sometimes. The video isn't ready to be seen completely without stopping until the whole bar has turned into a dark gray color. Don't know if that helps.

markspot
Sep 16th, 2006, 03:43 AM
how do you watch youtube videos ? it always seem to stop after like 2 seconds. :S

thanks for any help!

if your connection is slow, or if you want to keep those videos,
you can take them from the browser cache (at least with Opera it is easy)
and watch them with VLC player. And burn on CD if you like.
That way, if you watch an already fully downloaded one, it will play smoothxly.

These files usaully have .flv extension, or may have .swf, they both play with VLC, or may sometimes have .tmp extension, then you may rename to .flv

~lollipop_girl~
Sep 17th, 2006, 12:47 PM
if your connection is slow, or if you want to keep those videos,
you can take them from the browser cache (at least with Opera it is easy)
and watch them with VLC player. And burn on CD if you like.
That way, if you watch an already fully downloaded one, it will play smoothxly.

These files usaully have .flv extension, or may have .swf, they both play with VLC, or may sometimes have .tmp extension, then you may rename to .flv
Could you be a darl and explain to me how to do that in English please?

markspot
Sep 17th, 2006, 05:11 PM
YouTube plays Flash videos, they may be either
.flv (flash video files) or .swf (macromedia flash format files)
In order to play them, the browser downloads them and stores them temporarily somewhere.
It may begin playing while still not finished downloading, though.
But once such a file is downloaded you may take it, rename into something meaningful and keep it, if you like.

I usually use Opera so I only can tell you how to do it with Opera, I have no idea where these temporary files are kept with Internet Explorer,
but it seems that not in Temporary Interenet Files folder.
First, you need to know where your Opera cache is.
It depends on how you installed it - with individual settings for a user or with common settings, the same for everybody on the computer.
If you chose individual settings, then the cache is somewhere in your Documents and Settings folder,
not sure where exactly, but you can find it somewhere.

I do not use individual settings, so in my case the cache is directly in the installation folder of Opera,
for example:
if your Opera is in C:\Program Files\Opera
then the cache is:
C:\Program Files\Opera\profile\cache4\
When you start playing a YouTube video file with Opera, a new .flv or .swf or .tmp file appears in the cache,
you may find it easily with your file manager, if you sort files in the cache by the time of modification or perhaps by size,
then it will appear somewhere at the top, and you will be able to see even how its size is still increasing, while it is being downloaded.
I use Far file manager, so it is easy to sort files, etc., not sure how it is with other file managers, but should be the same.
You may even delete all the files in the cache directory just before starting the video in the browser,
so that it is easier to find it, because relatively small number of new files appear in the cache.

So, for example, you play video, and some files appear in the cache,
and you are interested in the files with extensions .tmp, .flv, and .swf
YouTube videos sometimes appear as files with any of these three extensions.
See which one of them is increasing in size and, most likely, is the largest eventually, especially if you deleted all the files from the cache before
starting the player.
You may see, for example, such file:
opr0K9DF.tmp
If it begins with .tmp, it is most likely is flv file, see what is inside it:
if you see that it begins with FLV inside, then rename it to .flv, at the same time change the name to the name of the video.
You may copy the file (or move) to another directory and rename it:
"Sharapova usopen04 offcourt.flv" instead of opr0K9DF.tmp
etc.

Then, you may play such .flv file with VLC player,
you may also play .swf files with VLC player.
If the file in the cache is already .flv or .swf, you don't need to rename the extension, just change the name to an informative one.
If you do not have VLC player installed, download it from http://www.videolan.org/vlc/

On some pages with flash video files, the files are deleted from cache immediately after they are played, so you have to get such a file
at an appropriate moment when it is all downloaded and already allowed to copy, but not yet deleted.
But with YouTube I did not notice such attempts to delete the files from the cache, you can get it without hurry,
but if you watch other videos, then it may be more difficult to find it.

I'm not sure if it is any more English as before, perhaps less ... For sure more language errors and typos

~lollipop_girl~
Sep 18th, 2006, 11:37 AM
Thank you so much... I will read over that properly when I am less tired & I really appreciate it... Cheers! :yeah:

markspot
Sep 18th, 2006, 04:55 PM
you are welcome.
sorry, I meant
I feel pretty welcoming you!

denzuko
Sep 19th, 2006, 04:05 AM
If you're using Firefox you can capture it with Video Downloader from:
http://javimoya.com/blog/youtube_en.php

markspot
Sep 19th, 2006, 04:41 PM
I see that the same thing exists for Opera too:
http://widgets.opera.com/widget/4398

As I have no trouble with getting videos from the cache, I had no need for it.
But I guess, it simplifies things, but not completely:
1. you have to copy and paste the url into it,
2. you have to add the extension (.flv) manually when saving video
3. it seems it does not take the file from the cache but downloads it again,
if the video is large, a waste of time and bandwidth, unless you stop the youtobe video from playing at once.

But certainly it is way simpler than to explain how to take video from cache ...

markspot
Sep 19th, 2006, 04:57 PM
here is an even simpler way to download youtube, etc, videos,
works with Opera (tested), but also, it says, with FireFox:

http://1024k.de/bookmarklets/video-bookmarklets.html

Just bookmark the link on this page (clearly marked),
it contains the script, then just click on the bookmark when on a video page

johnoo
Sep 19th, 2006, 07:48 PM
heres a even easier way wmrecorder http://www.wmrecorder.com/ came in handy recording eurosport online matches,just get a fix for it.

johnoo
Oct 3rd, 2006, 05:01 PM
this is something I came across "YouTube to DVD AIO" I've never downloaded or tested it so use at your own risk.
http://rapidshare.de/files/35178762/YouTube.rar