I primarily use the Firefox browser for all my Internet surfing purposes. I also spend a lot of time in Youtubeland watching videos and then I download to my harddrive some videos for safekeeping. I mean what is the point in wasting bandwidth by watching the video in your browser each time. Say you like a particular TED talk and want to watch it again some days later or you like a particular video lecture and want to refresh your understanding of it then its much better to save it to hard drive rather than watching it again in your browser. Of course if you have a limited hard drive size or you don’t have access to your computer at the moment then its a different issue altogether.
Here are the steps then:
- Install the Firefox addon CacheViewer
- Restart Firefox
- go to Youtube and watch any video of your choice
- after the video has played launch CacheViewer from the file menu
- a window will pop up where you can search for your file
- look for the MIME type :: video/flv
- that’s it locte and save the video and you are done !!!
basically the CacheViewer addon is a graphical front end to view the contents of the Firefox cache. You can also check the browser cache from within Firefox by typing
in the location bar.
I used to watch videos on line on youtube page and then if I like it download the videos using keepvid.com bookmarklet. But this mean’t downloading the video twice; first by the browser and then by keepvid.com bookmarklet. When the video sizes are large this would lead to a waste of bandwidth.