Download Embedded Videos

By now you’ve already read my article on why you should use Firefox, and how you can customize it. (I’ll continue like you didn’t just disagree.) In that article I was remiss in omitting a great extension that lets you download embedded videos. The obviously named Download Embedded places a small red arrow in the lower right part of the window frame, allowing you to download embedded content. It reportedly doesn’t work for Flash, but I’m usually after regular video content (and I think Flash kinda sucks for video that isn’t animation). This is really nifty since I have a bigger monitor set to a higher resolution; now I can download the videos and resize them to something reasonable. Most newer codecs, especially Divx, allow the video to be doubled in size with little artifacting/aliasing. With Divx I can often go full screen and it still looks great.
     Another advantage is that you can now email the videos instead of the links to the hosting page, which often has NSFW ads. Of course, it’s probably not all that important for NSFW videos. But you’re not emailing those anyway, ’cause you’re all good and stuff.

4 thoughts on “Download Embedded Videos”

  1. This is a terrific tool and just in time it seems.
    More and more of the larger hosting sights have removed download links from the video content in order to force you to share the videos by referral, rather than download and e-mail them yourself. (to score more hits)
    Props to Agent ArchAngel for aiding in one of The Crack Team’s main agenda’s :
    Charter # 3.1 Heroically, yet anonymously, sticking it to the man (or woman as the case may be)

  2. I think it’s a good compromise: you get to download the video, and they prevent deep linking. I’m guessing that the embedding came after too many people linked directly to the video, instead of the page that contained it, so the host had its bandwidth used but no opportunity to show the ads that pay for that bandwidth. I’m no fan of ads, but I prefer them to paying a site subscription. Of course, if you email it, you don’t hurt them because you’re paying for the bandwidth through your ISP/email provider. It’s win/win.

  3. I still haven’t tried this yet, but I just tried downloading it and found I was on an older version of FireFox. So, it wouldn’t work unless I updated.

    But I also found another extension that might be of use, especially if you’re a web developer:

    Basically, this add-on allows you to open a web page in one of FF’s tabs as an IE emulated window. Not that it makes a huge difference from having to have two different browsers running, but it’s nice to organize and flop between the two browsers in FF’s tab system.

  4. Yeah, I blogged about IE Tab in my earlier post on customizing Firefox. It works pretty well, esp. when I need IE to print – for some reason FF chops a lot of margins when printing, and IE is smart enough to avoid that most of the time.

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