I’m preparing to present a keynote at a conference in April. Right now I’m just gathering ideas and resources, but there are several YouTube videos I may be interested in showing.
As any presenter knows, if the Internet’s involved it doesn’t pay to rely on being able to go online — it’s best to have offline copies of resources, just in case.
[I remember running one training session a few years ago, about how to use the Internet, where the connection died at the beginning of the session, with no hope of getting it back up and running that day …]
As part of my gathering and thinking I decided to store a copy of the interesting YouTube videos on my own Mac. After some searching I discovered this particularly useful technique:
you can get the FLV that is being played without additional software, by playing a video in Safari with the Activity window open. You should see one entry that is increasing in size, up to some number of megabytes. Option-double click on that entry, and the FLV will download.
Once you have it you cannot play it in the latest Flash Player, that only plays swfs, and this is an FLV. If you install the Perian components (http://www.perian.org/) you can then play the FLV in QuickTime Player.
You may need to rename the file that gets downloaded. Just call it what you like, with .flv at the end.
I’ve found the Option double-click technique works well. Then I rename the downloaded file. It plays just fine in VLC.