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Convert Flash video to other formats via an online tool Internet
Many YouTube to iPod/Quicktime format converters exist, but most either cost money or are impractical. As an alternative, vixy.net is a free, online, fast video conversion tool. Export YouTube videos to a variety of formats, including iPod, QuickTime, and AVI. A frame of a logo is placed at the end of the movie, but other than that, there is no video alteration.

[robg adds: I tried this with a 2:48 video from YouTube, and it worked -- just don't try to use the Save button on the site. I first tried to click Save, and got a "400" error. Then I noticed that my browser (Camino, but Safari does the same) had auto-downloaded the file. The conversion isn't the quickest, particularly because the site can't tell your browser to maximize CPU usage, so things happen based on the browser's priority (open mouth insert foot!). On my Mac Pro, it took about six minutes to convert that 2:48 clip. The end result, though, seems to be of very good quality (obviously tied to the quality of the source).]
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Convert Flash video to other formats via an online tool
Authored by: mcapp on May 02, '07 08:03:51AM

You could also try media-convert.com. It does a nice job and is fast. For my ipod conversions I prefer the free app "isquint."



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Convert Flash video to other formats via an online tool
Authored by: Phosphor on May 02, '07 10:00:12AM
http://www.zamzar.com works quite well for free online conversion of media files as well. They also provide a javascript bookmarklet to add to your browser window's toolbar which helps expedite the process.

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Convert Flash video to other formats via an online tool
Authored by: chowda on May 02, '07 11:34:05AM
This program is basically a thin wrapper around ffmpeg..

so is castcluster... but it does alot more.

http://castcluster.blogspot.com

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Convert Flash video to other formats via an online tool
Authored by: osxpounder on May 03, '07 05:48:21PM

Teach us: how do you know this? How can we tell? More to the point, how can we figure out what to do with ffmpeg to get the same conversion done?



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MPEG Streamclip
Authored by: victory on May 02, '07 11:42:09AM
Not an online app, but MPEG Streamclip is a free OSX app that allows you to edit/re-encode a variety of video file formats including MPEG1/2,MOV,AVI,etc. The latest version now reads .FLV files as well.

It's quite a sophisticated app (not exactly a beginner's tool), but it offers many features not found in any other OSX-native video utility at the moment.

[I am not associated with the MPEG Streamclipauthor/company/etc. bla bla bla]

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Convert Flash video to other formats via an online tool
Authored by: baleinesurseine on May 02, '07 12:43:53PM
Another method for streaming flash video (youtube, dailymotion or google video) : open Window/Activity while reading in safari. Double-click on the file being downloaded : it is a .flv file.

You can then convert it to other formats with many converters, like freeware iSquint (http://www.isquint.org).

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Convert Flash video to other formats via an online tool
Authored by: Anonymous on May 02, '07 01:09:57PM

WTF? The browser's priority doesn't govern the conversion speed. The work is done on the server, not your Mac Proooo.



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Yes it does.
Authored by: edified on May 02, '07 02:14:27PM
I assume you haven't looked at the web-program yet it actually downloads the stream and then uses Javascipt based encoders to reencode the datastream and feed it into an XML file in Safari's cache. Then the AJAX app feeds the data through a packetizer making it appear as if you're downloading it from the server.

Very clever web app! Ok ok, just kidding- what were you thinking Rob????

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