What are some tools for grabbing Youtube Videos off of the net and playing them in your classroom? In many (most?) districts in the US, Youtube is blocked as a matter of course, never mind that it contains a giant repository of instructional videos.
Personally, I think Youtube needs to be unblocked like they do in White Oak ISD.
So, what do you do when you can?t access Youtube in your school, but you know there is a killer video clip that you need to show?
There are many tools for grabbing YouTube videos.
From the folks in my PLN (including Plurk) I asked what tools they use to get Youtube:
Websites that convert Youtube and then send the clips to you:
Zamzar.com : Enter the URL (Limit of 1GB without paying for the upgrade) and they send you an email with the download link, which they keep for 24 hours.
keepvid.com Similar to Zamzar, but it also has a bookmarlet for your browser toolbar for dragging and dropping.
Youtube Downloader (YTD): Allows you to download from a variety of sources, not just Youtube. This is a client that you have to have on your computer. Converts for iPods and other cell phones.
Appears to be Windows only.
Tooble is another software that allows you to download and save a variety of videos. They advertise themselves as a ?DVR for the Internet.? The free version only takes Youtube, the Pro ($10) version takes a variety of sites.
Youtube Clip Extractor from CNET is Windows only
Kick Youtube is another multi version conversion utility that has to be downloaded. Windows only.
Here is a comparison chart on some of the different programs.
For you Mac-olytes out there in the audience, I recommend two products:
Tubesock TubeSock 2.0 downloads videos from YouTube, DailyMotion, and other sites on the web and saves them to your video iPod, Mac, or PlayStation Portable. TubeSock knows how to convert the video using the codecs and bitrates best for each device. It can even add the video to iTunes for you.
The other Mac-only program I like is YouTube Grabber from Night Owl Software. You gotta love a software that is sold from a person?s personal website like this, and it does a nice job of converting. As a matter of fact, i think it you are converting to Quicktime, this does the nicest job.