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Downloading Online Video

Download, convert, and edit an online video:

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Disclaimer: The workflows here are offered as guides for further experimentation and learning. The technological landscape for Audio/Visual editing changes rapidly; the products and methods mentioned are for illustrative purposes only.


Downloading online video:


If your source video is located on the internet, at an online video distribution service such as Youtube or Google Video, there are several free tools available to quickly extract and download your clip to your desktop.

The following workflows are provided as examples of such commonly available services:

  1. Use, a free online video clip editing service
  2. Use, another free online video clip editing service

Once you have extracted and downloaded the video clip, you will want to convert the video from the Flash format to the WMV format, suitable for insertion into Powerpoint. Select a tool above, and follow the instructions to the next step.

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