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  • Aug 30

    How to download YouTube videos and create backup to a DVD using Open Source software.

    Note: It is illegal to download copyrighted material. This article does not endorse piracy and is not responsible for what you do with this information.

    In order to download vides from You Tube or other video sites, you will need Firefox Browser and an open source Firefox extension called “Download Helper”.  You can download the plug-in from this website:  http://www.downloadhelper.net/

    After installing the plugin, Firefox will be restart and you are good to go.  Download helper will install an icon beside the URL bar. If a video is downloadable,  it will colorize and jump up and down. Click on it and save the flash file (.flv).

    The icon will start spinng when video is downloadable

    The icon will start spinng when video is downloadable

    After downloading, you will need to convert the .flv file to MPEG video.  The open source program that will convert Flash .flv files to other video format is WinFF Video converter.  WinFF packs a lot of features. It can even convert FLV files to mp3. It can be downloaded from this URL:  http://winff.org/html_new/

    The software is pretty intuitive. Click on the plus sign to add the video you want to convert. At the output details, change “Convert To” dropdown to “DVD”.  Device Preset to NTSC if you are in the United States or regions supporting this format.  Update the output folder and click convert.

    Screen Shot of WinFF

    Screen Shot of WinFF

    After converting your flv videos to MPEG and you want to create a DVD out of the compilation. A good open source program for this is “DVD Styler”. You can download this from:  http://www.dvdstyler.de/

    This is a pretty cool program allowing you to create a menu screen.  Add buttons, and burn the arrangement to a DVD.

    dvd styler screen shot

    dvd styler screen shot

     Hope this information was helpful. Happy Computing!