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Downloading videos from Youtube, TeacherTube etc.

Posted by rosiemacalpine on January 26, 2009

I’ve posted before about downloading videos to use in flipcharts or run on the board. I’ve recently discovered an even simpler way to do this.

Realplayer used to be a common media player, but seems to have dropped out of favour in recent times. When I downloaded their latest version, I found this fantastic option in the installation process:


After I ticked this box and completed my install of RealPlayer, I found that a download link appeared briefly at the start of any video I watched on the web.


When I clicked on the button, it started downloading the video as an .flv file. Flv files can be added as a link to flipcharts in AS3 (they will play in a separate window though). In the new Inspire edition, they will play in the flipchart.

The only disadvantage to RealPlayer is that it doesn’t work on everyone’s computer. I’ve got it installed at home and work and haven’t had any problems. I introduced it to some teachers in training last week and found that it kept closing unexpectedly for two of the teachers. Realplayer recommends this fix if this happens to you.


3 Responses to “Downloading videos from Youtube, TeacherTube etc.”

  1. lismiss said

    Have you tried tooble ? great little app.


    • rosiemacalpine said

      Thanks for the link lismiss. Tooble does look like a good application. The only disadvantage is that it limits you to YouTube, whereas RealPlayer downloads YouTube, TeachersTv, – any internet video.

  2. […] start and end point. You can then link directly to that video (or download it with RealPlayer – see a previous post on this) and watch only the segment you want. There are a few ads but I haven’t seen any that are […]

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