Flash movies on DVD
November 5, 2007 8:04 PM   Subscribe

I want to save flash movies I find on the internet and collect them onto a DVD to watch on a DVD player.

I'm helping a friend with a 3 to 4 yr old Dell running XP Home. He just bought an external DVD burner which I helped set up. He has hundreds of videos bookmarked (mostly on youtube) which he'd like to save and record onto a DVD. I installed Firefox and started looking for extensions that might do this easily, but haven't found anything great.

If it can't work as a self playing DVD, I will settle for a data DVD or CD playable on a DVD player or computer.

He is not willing to upgrade to Vista. He is low-tech and doesnt want to relearn anything.
posted by paulinsanjuan to Computers & Internet (5 answers total) 6 users marked this as a favorite
KeepVid is an extremely useful site for downloading videos from a number of sites. They also have a little thingy you can add onto your bookmarks toolbar in Firefox which makes downloading the files just a click away.

As for getting it the files onto a playable DVD, that's a bit trickier and more time-consuming. There are a number of AskMes about similar endeavors and you could probably find some info by doing some tag-hunting. But just copying the files themselves onto a data DVD will definitely work, of course.

Also, once you have the FLV files, it's rather easy to convert them to different formats. I use CinemaForge for this and it almost always works like a charm. I think there's a version you can pay for but the free download works just fine.
posted by dhammond at 8:27 PM on November 5, 2007

There's also a firefox extension that can download videos. I have seen it posted a few places, but haven't personally used it: video downloader. Then you can use a player that can play flash video. You can also change it to .wmv format using online converter tools or offline ones like KeepVid, but conversion can take some time.
posted by ejaned8 at 8:39 PM on November 5, 2007

FWIW, I've found that Video Downloader has not been working too well of late, so I've given up on it.
posted by dhammond at 8:41 PM on November 5, 2007

Don't convert the FLVs! Last time I checked, DVD Flick natively (well, natively through a bunch of smaller pieces of software that it controls) supports burning a set of flv files to a standard video DVD. I've made a few DVDs from flvs, it's a handy program.
posted by stleric at 9:38 PM on November 5, 2007

you can also try this one

posted by ecks at 9:54 AM on November 6, 2007

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