Saturday, November 14, 2009

Downloading FLV video files from YouTube, MySpaceTV, and Google Video with Internet Download Manager

After installing IDM, a "Download This Video" button pops up whenever you are watching a video anywhere in cyberspace (shown in the picture below). Just click on the button to start downloading clips. It's as simple as that; you do not have to separately launch Internet Download Manager. What's more, you can choose to download a clip at any point during the video, and the scene will be captured from the start. The download will proceed in the background even if you pause or stop watching. And you can download more than one video at the same time.

You can also use context menu in Firefox or IE based browsers to download FLV videos from popular sites like YouTube, MySpaceTV, Google Video, etc. When your browser starts playing a video file, IDM grabs its download link. If you like the video, and you would like to save it on your computer, you should open IE context menu by right clicking on the web page that plays the video, and select "Download FLV video content with IDM" menu item. The context menu appears when you right click on a web page (but not on an flv player) in your browser or by using context menu key on the keyboard.

If you don't have this menu item in Firefox or other Mozilla based browsers, you will need to reinstall idmmzcc.xpi extension. Pick "File->Open File..." menu item in the main menu of your browser and open idmmzcc.xpi file from IDM root folder ("C:\Program Files\Internet Download Manager\" by default).

Internet Explorer (right click page context menu)

Mozilla based (Firefox) (right click page context menu)

IDM will start downloading the video and show its standard download dialog. If the server has not specified the file name explicitly, IDM will name the file based on the web page title. You can also edit the filename, add a description, and change its path or category on this dialog.

It's also possible to add FLV extension to IDM list of downloadable file types in IDM Options -> "File Types" tab to take over the download of all FLV videos. In this case videos won't be played in your browser. The videos will be downloaded by IDM, saved to your local disk, and can be played if you have an FLV player.

Following are the sites Internet Download Manager is known to work with: Youtube, MySpaceTV, Google Videos,,,,, and many others

You should have an FLV player (or codec or video converter) installed to play FLV videos.

Download Free FLV Player HERE

But I use these two Players in my laptop. They support many types of video and audio extensions.

K-Lite Codec PackDownload Here

VLC Media PlayerDownload Here

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