Ok, so lots of people have me download videos for them off of YouTube, and I use a software for Mac, called iTubeX Ultimate. There are many programs for windows, I’m sure, or certain sites, such as MediaPirate.org Recently, I was presented with a new challenge, downloading a Flash Video from RockyMountainNews.com. Well, I found a Firefox add-on (hooray for Firefox!!!!!) that allows you to download any video from any website that plays them. It automatically brings up a prompt when a video is played on ANY website. The Add-on is called SoThink Web Video Downloader, available here. When you click on your operating system link, you will be given a warning, like this: (click on the image to view it larger)
Click the Allow Button, and then a Firefox Add-on Wizard will appear, like so:
Wait the 3 Seconds, then click the Install Now Button. You will then be presented with the add-ons window, which will download and install the add-on. After it is complete, restart Firefox to finish the installation. Once you have done this, you will now have two new options in your Tools menu, and a “Video: 0” in the upper right corner. (next to the web search) See the picture:
Clicking the Web Video Downloader option will do the same as selecting the Video:0 Button to the right. (the Video : # will change depending on how many videos you see on webpages) The SWF (ShockWave Flash) Catcher is used for downloading Flash games, from all the *ahem* sites that enjoy wasting your precious time. Anyway, when you go to a site, with a Video or Flash Ad, it will bring up the following window:
Once this dialog pops up, you can change the save location, the name of the video and click OK to download. Otherwise click Cancel to obviously cancel the download. The one thing that’s annoying though, it keeps those in “Pending” so click on the little Video: 232 button, and right-click in the empty space, and select clear all urls. This will bring it back down to 0. So, that’s it, it’s pretty simple once you get it installed (and that’s simple too) Hope you enjoyed this.