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Old 03-18-2009, 11:41 PM   #1
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Firefox with Downloadhelper Just Doesn't Work

Firefox 3.0.7
Dual 2.8 Pentium Processors
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PC Linux2009 OS

Has anyone been able to get Downloadhelper to work in Linux ? I have tried in Mint, Mephis and PC Linux and it doesn't want to work. I have got it to work in Windoz but not Linux.

Any help would be appreciated. Thanks. Michael
Old 03-19-2009, 01:00 AM   #2
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I'm running Linux Mint 6.0 and Firefox 3.0.7 and have absolutely no problem using downloadhelper. There are some tutorials on how to use the program that might be of help located here.
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What doesn't work?
Old 03-20-2009, 08:27 PM   #4
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Getting Downloadhelper to Work

I have done the following:

Downloaded flash videos in FF 3.0.7 and saved them to the Desktop.
No problem there.

I have been unable to find a conversion rule to convert the flv file to a file that K3B will burn to a CD that will run in my home DVD player.

I am burning to CD-RW's which are working with Windoz but for the life of me I can't get anything to work from Linux.

If someone has the magic conversion rules and/or burning suggestions with K3B I would be very,very grateful.

Thank You, Michael
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Something like the following mencoder line should do the trick for mpeg4 video with mp3 audio. Note that it is very basic and you probably want to do some more tweaking like specifying audio/video -bitrate, video resolution, etc. But luckily the mencoder manpage has all this stuff documented pretty well

mencoder -oac mp3lame -ovc lavc -lavcopts vcodec=mpeg4 -o output.avi input.flv

YOu might want to take a look at clive
Description: Video extraction utility for YouTube, Google Video and others
clive is a command line utility for extracting videos from Youtube and other
video sharing Web sites. It was originally written to bypass the Adobe Flash
requirement needed to view the hosted videos. It is non- interactive, meaning
it can work in the background while the user is not logged on. This allows the
user to start an extraction and disconnect from the system, letting clive
finish the work.

There is also acidrip
Description: ripping and encoding DVD tool using mplayer and mencoder
AcidRip is a Gtk::Perl application for ripping and encoding DVD's. It
neatly wraps MPlayer and MEncoder, which I think is pretty handy, seeing as
MPlayer is by far the best bit of video playing kit around for Linux. As
well as creating a simple Graphical Interface for those scared of getting
down and dirty with MEncoders command line interface, It also automates the
process in a number of ways:
Old 03-20-2009, 11:35 PM   #6
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Wow !

Acidrip looks like the guy. I'll give it a try over the weekend.

Thank you very much. Michael


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