The ability to stream online videos is one of the hallmarks of today's web. Videos on any topic you can imagine are just a click (or tap) away, provided you have an internet connection. But what if you're on your way to an internet-less destination? How will you watch your daily workout video (or favorite cat video) once you get there? The solution is simpler than you might think. With Apple's Safari web browser, a few additional clicks will have your video off of the web and onto your hard drive.
Difficulty Level: Easy
What You Need:
>> Apple's Safari web browser (apple.com)
Our daily workout video also happens to include a cat.
Safari allows you to download videos from YouTube without the hassle of third-party add-ons or bookmarklets. All you have to do is navigate to the video of your choice and open up Safari's Activity Monitor by heading up to the Menu Bar and selecting Window > Activity, or by keyboard shortcut, COMMAND + OPTION + A.
Once you've opened the Activity Monitor you'll see a list of page elements. These elements often include graphics, stylesheets, and other scripts used on the webpage--each of which are fairly small in file size. As you look through the list, however, you will notice one file that is much larger than the rest; this is your video file. In our case, it's the 3.1MB file which is highlighted above. After you've located your video, simply double-click it to begin the download.
It's that simple! Now you have a copy of the video on your local hard drive ready for playback at any time--with or without an internet connection.
If you're having trouble playing the downloaded .flv file it's because not all media players are capable of playing Flash video file formats. If you're planning to watch the video on your Mac, look no further than VLC media player. If you're plan was to put this video on your iPod then you have a bit of video converting in your future, but fear not, MPEG Streamclip makes video conversion free and easy.
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