iFilm to harddrive to powerpoint directions
September 9, 2007 9:52 AM   Subscribe

VideoFilter: How to download video from youtube or iFilm to my hard drive?

I'm asking for a friend who's putting together a powerpoint lecture for tomorrow. He'd like to embed a video clip of the promo for the video game Sabotage into his powerpoint presentation. Although iFilm has a download option on its website, I can't get it to work. We've tried on a Mac and a PC. Please don't tell me it can't be done! Oh, and it would be great if we could lose the Snickers commercial.
posted by pammo to Computers & Internet (12 answers total) 8 users marked this as a favorite

posted by slimepuppy at 9:55 AM on September 9, 2007 [1 favorite]

Download Embedded

You'll have to grab it after the interstitial ad has played, though.
posted by tehloki at 10:04 AM on September 9, 2007 [1 favorite]

If you're using Firefox, the DownloadHelper extension works pretty well.
posted by dismas at 10:29 AM on September 9, 2007

For Mac: Tubesock . I use it all the time and it works great.
posted by The_Auditor at 10:43 AM on September 9, 2007

I use vixy.net and it works just great.
posted by jessamyn at 10:48 AM on September 9, 2007

Second DownloadHelper extension. But that downloads it as a Flash file, so some sorta converter like iSquint (osx) is good to put it in to mpeg, avi, whatev...
posted by jk252b at 11:05 AM on September 9, 2007

On a Mac make a video screengrab of the YouTube movie with Snapz Pro (Demo). That way you can avoid the commercial and have no conversion degradation.
posted by maremare at 12:46 PM on September 9, 2007

posted by Substrata at 1:04 PM on September 9, 2007

pammo, I work for iFilm and can help you out with this, if the above options don't work for you. Feel free to email me (address is in my profile).
posted by dhammond at 2:56 PM on September 9, 2007

Seconding Zamzar. Works great for this sort of thing, and you can pick whatever format you want it in.
posted by Pater Aletheias at 4:16 PM on September 9, 2007

Response by poster: Wow, thank you all for the great ideas. I've forwarded this thread to my friend and will probably spend some time tomorrow checking the links more thoroughly for future personal use.
posted by pammo at 5:39 PM on September 9, 2007

Can you find the video on Google Video? If so, you have access to the original AVI. It will be just as good as the video on the site. The problem with ZAMZAR and the other video ripping tools is that you lose quality and sync. With my method, you get the AVI straight from Google's server.
posted by B(oYo)BIES at 9:17 PM on September 9, 2007

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