There are so many funny or cool flash videos on internet website, you may want to save them to computer or convert them to some useful format for burning, editing or uploading to portable player. Most online videos these days use the FLV format to store the actual video files, such as YouTube, Myspace, Facebook, BBC, etc. And this step by step guide will show the steps to download flash video to computer and convert flash video. This guide works for popular video website including YouTube, Twitter, Vimeo, Myspace, Facebook, NBC, BBC, Yahoo, Dailymotion, Metacafe, Google, iFlim, Veoh, etc.
Part1. How to download flash video to computer
Method1.If you are internet user, orbit downloader is the best tool to help you download flash video. It’s pretty easy to use. Step1. After you download and install the orbit, lunch it. And then run Orbit Downloader’s Grab++ first (Orbit Downloader’s Tools menu -> Grab++), Grab++ is the special tools in Orbit Downloader to grab Flash video:
Step 2: Play the Flash video. When the Flash video begins to play, Grab++ grabbed it:
Step 3: Select the Flash video in the Grab++ list then click ‘ Download…’ button, Orbit Downloader will pop up the download panel, set your ‘save to’ folder. And then click ‘OK’ to run the download process.
Method2. If you are firefox user, there is an add-on named ‘Video DownloadHelper’. Once you’ve installed the extension, head to any video page, and then click the DownloadHelper button to see a list of the available media to download on that page. The extension provides a built-in method for converting video files, but they will end up watermarked, so just download the files in MP4 if possible, or FLV if not. If the Video DownloadHelper extension doesn’t detect the video on the page, you can sometimes head into Tools -> Page Info -> Media, find the video file in the list of resources, and then click the Save As button. If you are a Linux user, you can also just wait until a Flash video is entirely loaded, and then grab the file from your /tmp folder.
Method3. For Mac user, you can use www.zamzar.com; it’s a free online file converter. You just need to copy the flash video URL address into the input box, select the output format and type your email address, then zamzar will download the flash video and email the flash video download link to you. You may also try this YouTube Downloader for Mac, it works for not only YouTube video, but also other stream video websites like VEVO, Vimeo, Dailymotion, Break, Metacafe, LiveLeak, ABC, Aol, TED, Comedycentral, Hulu, MTV, CBS, Yahoo and so on.
Method4. I’d recommend this YouTube Downloader. It works for not only YouTube video, but also other stream video websites like VEVO, Vimeo, Dailymotion, Break, Metacafe, LiveLeak, ABC, Aol, TED, Comedycentral, Hulu, MTV, CBS, Yahoo and so on. After you install it, you will find a ‘Download’ button appeared upon pageload on the top right corner of the video you play through your broswer, then you can click the ‘Download’ to save the online video to your computer.
Part2. How to convert flash video
Once you’ve downloaded the flash video to your computer, you’ll probably want to convert it into a format that’s easier to use on other devices like iPod, iPad, or editing on windows movie maker, iMovie, etc. To convert almost any video into almost any format, I strongly recommend this flash video converter. It easily handles every video conversion task you can throw at it, including bulk conversion.
Step1. Download and install the flash video converter, we have scan it with Norton and AVG, it’s clean and safe. Then lunch the software. Click ‘add’ or drag your flash videos into the converter.
Step2. Click the ‘profile’ drop down list to select your output profile. MP4 video is for iPad, iPod, iPhone, PSP, Zune, etc. WMV video is for windows movie maker. AVI video is good for burning and editing. MOV video is for quicktime and iMovie. Then click ‘start’ to run the process. That’s all, it couldn’t be easier.