Several of you have asked me how to download the video for yourselves, so here you go. This is Download Helper, a free Firefox extension that allows you to grab videos, audio, and images from all kinds of different sources. You do have to use Firefox as your internet browser, to use Download Helper, but I'd recommend Firefox even if DH never existed because it has so many useful add-ons.
Anyway, let's say you're using Firefox and you've installed Download Helper. Now you should see a DH icon on your toolbar, but if you don't, just change your toolbar layout to add it in (I'm assuming you can get this far on your own, but if you have any trouble, feel free to email me. I don't bite). Before you try to download anything, make sure your settings are correct. Right-click on the DH icon, then choose "General" and "Behavior." The last option under the Behavior tab says, "Upon clicking on the icon" - and then it gives you a drop-down menu to choose what you want to happen. Select "Open Menu."
Now you're ready to download all kinds of content from all kinds of places. YouTube is easiest because every time you view a video there, you'll see a DH icon right next to the title and all you have to do is click it to start downloading. If you're anywhere else on the web, it's just a tiny bit harder to get what you want.
Lastly, here are a couple of other notes, just in case you use DH a lot:
- If you're after an audio clip, or sometimes a video, the download might be unavailable until the clip starts playing. In that case you have to hit the "play" button before the DH icon lights up and/or offers you the right choice for downloading.
- Occasionally a website will block downloading of its content. This doesn't happen often, and sometimes you can root around in the source code and find a way to skirt the issue; but in most of these cases you're out of luck. Just be glad most site designers don't care enough to block you.