To start with let me tell you that this method works most of the time, and I will use our friendly browser Firefox to do the hard bit i.e. downloading. You can also utilize other browsers too, I haven’t personally tried those. There are many other tools available, no doubt about that. But I love to keep things simple for myself so just sharing my approach here. Leave your comments if you think you have a better way to do this, because this will help others including myself.
First of all let me touch base on the reasons why we may want to download videos
- Many video tutorials authors record their videos and won’t publish them on Youtube so you can’t really use “view it later” function like pro video sites offers.
- Browser bookmarking can get really messy in no time unless you use some online bookmarking sites, so its easier to maintain a video library locally on your machine
- You may want to keep a copy to view those when you are not connected to the Matrix, I mean Internet
- Or you are just a download freak. i.e. you download stuff just for the fun of downloading as your ISP offer massive amount of monthly download quota for you to consume.
Anyway lets not waste more time and see what can be done
Step 1: Download Firefox
Just in case you don’t have FireFox then get it here
Step 2: Launch Firefox
Launch Firefox and goto Firefox > Addons as shown below
Now in the search field type “Flash Video Downloader”
You will see a result that looks like this
Click the Install button and once its installed, Restart your Firefox, do not forget this
Once FF restarts you will observe that there is a new Icon next to the address bar as shown below
Step 3 Goto the URL where video is hosted
Type the URL which is hosting video of your interest played by JW Player.
Click on the Play button, this will enable our Add-on to detect which file player is getting video data from. You will notice that the Add-on button with a little cross has turned a bit orangish with no cross sign as shown below
When you click that Icon you get the above view and add-on will list the file and size of it as first thing. You can click on the file URL and then you are able to save it anywhere locally on your disk.
You can enjoy your videos without fearing that the link may disappear in near future and you might not be able to watch a video.
I hope that this helps