Youtube is a great resource – we’ve certainly posted a lot of videos from YouTube. But sometimes, (in fact, most times when your teaching) you really don’t want to be at the mercy of a loss of internet at that critical moment when you want to play that video during your presentation.
So here’s a tip on how to save those videos to your computer so you play them back later in class using a plugin called Video DownloadHelper.
To follow this guide, you need to use Mozilla Firefox as your internet browser – so for those of you reading this on your work computer, you’ll probably have to do this on your home computer, unless you happen to have Firefox already, and are able to install plugins in it.
1. Launch Firefox, and go to Video DownloadHelper.
2. Click on the big green download button and follow the instructions to install the plugin.
You may get asked if you want to let the website install an extension – you should say yes.
You may also need to close your browser and re-launch it, do so.
3. Visit YouTube page of the video you want, eg http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=R5vEeTg-Bb4&feature=plcp
4. Once the page loads, you should see 3 spinning balls telling you it’s found a video it can help you download.
5. Click on the spinning balls and it will offer many different versions of the video to download.
The numbers on the left indicate how high definition the version – the bigger the number, the better the quality.
If you can, try to choose a video that ends with .mp4 this kind of video plays on most computers, and on Mac’s will even work inside a slideshow.
Try to avoid .flv as it is harder to playback, and is particularly troublesome if you want to insert your video into slides.
Once you’ve clicked on a file – click download.
(If you only have the choice of .flv, you can try Download & Convert )
Your download should start, and once it’s downloaded, you can double click on it and play it back.
Happy video screening!