Linked by Thom Holwerda on Thu 2nd Dec 2010 23:20 UTC
Multimedia, AV The sweet smell of competition is lingering in the air. That sweet smell which indicates that somewhere in the vicinity a company is working on actually improving a product so we can all benefit. This time around, it's Adobe, delivering the first Flash 10.2 beta. Prime feature? Complete hardware acceleration of the entire video pipeline - fully cross platform, cross-form factor. Cross-platform! There's a catch, though.
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Tip: it's an annoying workaround, but at least for YouTube on my computer, the FLV files get dumped in /tmp as /tmp/Flash* (where the * is some alphanumeric string which appears to be random). You can open those files in your favorite native video player and play them full screen with no issues.

That does work (I used that method to save SWF games and cartoons and stuff), but like you said it is annoying.

My preference for Flash videos is actually to use the Firefox extension Video DownloadHelper to save a version of the video in a standard MPEG-4 container to watch offline. It makes saving embedded Flash video files easy. YouTube has plain .mp4 versions of most of their videos, and I'll take those over Flash files--I want to avoid anything Flash if possible, I'll take a "proper" video format any day. Of course, the .flv files can be saved as well if a particular video (or site) has no .mp4 version.

It's become more annoying lately (&fmt=18 has to manually be added to the URL for the MP4 file to be shown if it is available), but luckily it still works. And all 720p/1080p videos seem to be MP4 files by default.

It sure is nice being able to save these videos for later use; who knows if YouTube will decide to delete them, and while I have cable, its max speed is 80-90KB/s (yeah, cheap service, regular costs like $30 more per month). And not everyone has access to the Internet--being able to put them on a DVD or USB flash memory stick to watch on any MPEG-4-capable video player is very useful. It's a breach of service I'm sure, but oh well--if they don't want the videos to be seen, then they shouldn't be hosting them for the public to see on the Internet.

Edited 2010-12-04 01:03 UTC

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