i'm starting to have some proficiency with this so i thought i'd write a little guide for my fellow nets fans.
first you need to find the video, obviously. a good search string for games would be "nets 07 OR 2007 -mix". (the "OR" means that the summary could be written with either "07" or "2007" and the dash before "mix" tells it to skip all the mixes)
and a good search string for interviews would be "nets 07 OR 2007 interview OR postgame":
next, take the link for the video you want and paste it into this site:
you can specify if this will be for PC or mac. then vixy will convert the youtube video to the format you want (watch the blue progress bar), and when it's done, will save it to your computer.
once the download is done, you will have the video in a format that you can play with your regular video player, for example winamp, videolan, windows media player, etc. it should be as simple as double-clicking the file.
the nice thing about this is that, besides the fact that you have the permanent video, your own video player can usually blow the video up larger than youtube's web player can. for example, with winamp i can double click on the video window and it will zoom to the edges of the screen, as if it was on TV.
-this method may also work on other flash video sites, such as ifilm.
-occasionally vixy will give the message that "youtube is down" when it gets confused by youtube's URL code formatting. if that happens just skip to the next method.
-there is yet one more method to capture flash video files (FLV's) instead of converting the format. i don't see why anybody would want to do that, but i can explain it if necessary.
you're going to do basically the same thing, but this time you want to paste the link into this site:
the only difference is that the video will arrive in your mail instead of being a download.
HOW TO PICK OUT THE MEDIA LINKS FROM A PAGE
here are three methods:
from firefox, right-click and choose "view page info", then click on the "media tab". scroll through the list until you see links of type "embed"- those will typically be the media links. (just copy them)
tip: if the media is in a window then some normal options like this will be closed. the solution is to close the window and from the top menu choose "history" and "show in side bar". then when the list pops up, click the top entry... that should open your window as a normal web page.
another way is to install an extension that will pick out media links in a page and assist you in saving them. the one i recommend is "unplug":
https://add ons.mo zilla.org/en-US/firefox/*****/2254
(for some crazy reason i had to insert two spaces in the URL above, otherwise the address was starred out. so you'll need to removed those spaces.)
now in the top right corner there will be a picture of a green fish. click on that on a media page and it will pick out all the possible media links for you. again, just copy them.
right-click the page and select "view page source". if you understand a little html then you can scroll or search through the source for media links. this is mostly a last-ditch method i wouldn't normally recommend.
HOW TO CAPTURE STREAMING VIDEO SITES
the prime example is if you have an ASX link, for example from CNN/sports illustrated. here's one i rooted out by use of "unplug":
1) get videolan (VLC). it's open-source and a great little media player since it plays just about everything, for example stuff that winamp, windows media player and others can't. it can also broadcast to the web and play any broadcasted stream, for example the shoutcast and icecast networks.
VideoLAN - Free Software and Open Source video streaming solution for every OS!
2) run the player and select file / wizard
3) choose transcode / save to file
4) paste in the URL that you found. here the's example from above:
5) check the boxes transcode video
and transcode audio
6) enter some choices. these are the ones i used:
the higher the numbers the greater the top quality but also the bigger the file will be. plus if the original isn't in high quality it won't make any difference anyway.
notes: step six might not be necessary in general but for this particular video i found that it was.
7) select an encapsulation format. anything available should be fine.
8) enter the file name to save to, ending it with the extension of the format you just selected, for example "ncaa.mpg".
9) the player will then begin. you'll see the progress bar scrolling as the video is being converted.
10) when it's done, open the file from the player to play it back and make sure it's okay. the file will be in the VLC default directory, btw.
OTHER STREAMING-VIDEO SITES
an example would be the NBA sites or real-media sites. the reason the above methods won't work is because these sites use streaming video in conjunction with other scripts to make sure you are only playing the video from their site. in this case, try fraps:
what i don't like about fraps is that instead of looking for the video data, it simply records everything that's happening on your screen. that means you'll prolly get some extra video of yourself moving the mouse around!
a more elegant solution is to use commercial software that will detect what's going on and activate when the video starts playing and will end when the video ends. one example would be "wm recorder":
unfortunately such software usually costs money, so i'll try to keep a lookout for some alternate methods or free software and if i find something good i'll write it into the guide.
if anybody has difficulty with this stuff just post the problem here and i'll help trouble-shoot. :)