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July 24, 2006

How to watch YouTube on your Video iPod

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Firefox (Windows only)

1. Add the Greasemonkey extension to your Firefox browser.

2. Go to www.userscripts.org and install the Download YouTube Video script.

3. The next time you watch YouTube, you'll see a Download Video option beneath the screen. Click to save the file to your desktop as "QaQw9V4Upj4.flv" or whatever.

4. Install and launch the free Super video convertor (www.erightsoft.com).

5. Select Apple-iPod from the Output Container option, and then the output video codec H.264/AVC. Set size to 320 x 240. If you get an error message when connecting, unclick the Use DirectShow button. Otherwise, drag the converted title into iTunes and it's ready for viewing.

Phew, sure glad I'm not a Windows user 'cause those instructions — just reading them, not imagining trying to follow them — has given me a headache.

Let's see how Apple people fare, shall we?

Safari (Mac only)

1. Go to a YouTube video page, wait for it to load, and then open Safari's Activity window.

2. Double-click the URL of the video file — it's the largest one — to download it.

3. Rename the file something better than QaQw9V4Upj4 — say, Skateboarding Bulldog.

4. Drag and drop it into the free iSquint converter (www.isquint.org) and — presto! — an iPod-optimized video file for your iTunes library.

Better — but still not even close to TechnoDolt™ applicability.

I mean, I just spent a few wasted minutes trying — and failing — to find "Safari's Activity window."

When will the techies get a clue and speak to us in plain English?

Oh, well.

[via the free 44-page "How-To" pullout in the new (August) issue of Wired magazine. The pullout itself is worth the magazine's $5.95 cover price. Speaking of which, a one-year subscription at Amazon is $12 — that's a buck an issue, in case you're not up to pulling out your calculator.]

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Never mind. I figured out what really stupid thing I was doing. Stupid stupid stupid...

Posted by: Al Christensen | Jul 24, 2006 8:52:36 PM

I Do Mac step 2 and all I get is a browser page of code. what am I doing wrong?

Posted by: Al Christensen | Jul 24, 2006 8:45:15 PM

Oh, I don't know one thing about podtunes and videocasts and Applesoft and all that. All I know is,


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Posted by: Flutist | Jul 24, 2006 3:08:27 PM

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