I use the FireFox add-on Ant Video Downloader & Player
It saves videos in the same format as was uploaded; but only plays Flash format videos. Since most youTube videos are in the .flv format; it’s not much of a problem. You do need the browser open to view downloaded videos.
Interesting. I’ll have to check that plugin. Though I don’t understand why the browser would have to be open to view the downloaded file. Even if it’s an FLV. There are plenty of standalone FLV players. I think even Irfanview can handle it. And you can certainly use ffmpeg (and winff) and many other video converters to convert a FLV to a better format, better also in filesize. FLV is based on MP2 (or On2?) technology if I recall. Things have evolved a lot with mp4, and h.264. and on6 and on8 (=webm?). I may have my numbers mixed up here, totally LOL
Anyway, Great to know there’s plugins, and I assume this one’s safe to use?
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