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This requires you to install more useless software that will inevitably bogg down your system.
Why install more software with possible malicious add-ons when the damn video is already downloaded onto your hard drive when you watched it once???????
Video might or might not be on your harddrive. When content is streamed it is supposed to be downloaded into small buffer, and only one part of it should be available at time. So it isn't necessarily completely available.
Originally Posted by Junior Hacker
No need to worry about licence infringment bullshit.
It isn't true. What is on your drive isn't necessarily yours. Even if you could watch/listen to it.
Originally Posted by Junior Hacker
I hope you realize you're challenging a genius, do you actually think you have the best solution?
Watch you tone, you are provoking flamewar and bringing this thread towards its' end.
Wow, a very straightforward thread went to pot in absolutely no time at all! Reality check, now that I am here, there is exactly one (1) geniarse in this thread. That is the official XavierP stance on the matter.
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Distribution: Gentoo, Ubuntu,and sometimes something from billy gates (when Im desperate)
There is also a plugin for firefox call download helper that will give you an icon that will light up when there is footage to download.
youtube-dl also works great. Usually I will start downloading the clip with youtube-dl and after about 1/2 a meg has downloaded, I will start viewing it.
If it crap, I will stop it and delete without waisting anymore bandwidth.
If it is good, watch it over and over again.
You don't need to "capture" a youtube video.
Offhand I don't recall the path of the firefox cache, find it first. Probably it is a hidden folder under the home directory of the user.
This is what I do ( I use Opera under wine):
First empty the existing cache in the browser.
Then allocate sufficient space in the browser for the cache - a 100 MB is a bare minimum considering the average size of flv videos.
Then keep the cache folder open in Konqueror.
Then visit the youtube site and the video you want to view.
Monitor the cache folder as soon as a particular video has been completely downloaded. Sorting the cache folder on size will ease the process. Usually the largest file is the flv file. In Opera since the cache files do not retain their original extension, I use a script to rename the files - after copying them to another folder.
For best results, avoid browsing other sites while doing this.
Unless you have a good reason to convert to avi, the VLC Media player will play flv videos well.
I just did something similar with Firefox in Mac OS X. I'm on dial-up, so I paused the video till it completely downloaded. Then navigated to: /Users/your_user/Library/Caches/Firefox/Profiles/xxxx.default/Cache and found a large file called DE89E2340 or something, I copied it to my /home directory and renamed it to: vid.flv and watched it on VLC. For some reason in Mac OS X using firefox, renaming with the .mov extension does not work, has to be .flv.
I rebooted to Windows and watched it with media player classic also.