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Download Video From Popular Video Sharing Site

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VideoDL is an Ajax application that allows you to download online videos on your computer. VideoDL supports YouTube, Google Video and Break.com. In order to download the videos you like, you simply need to copy the link of the page with video and paste it into the textbox. Then, click “Get It!” and follow the instruction. After you have saved the files into your hard drive, make sure the extension of the file is .flv. VideoDL is free to use.

Link: http://www.videodl.org/

Vixy

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Vixy is a website that lets you download videos from popular sites and allows you to convert the m into various video formats (including iPod and PSP). You simply need to enter the URL of the video and Vixy will do the rest. This service is open source and developers interested in making changes to it can freely download the source code. Vixy is completely free to use.

Link: http://vixy.net/

KeepVid

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KeepVid is a site that allows you to download videos from many video sharing sites, including YouTube, Google Video, MySpace Video, DailyMotion, Blip.tv, Revver and other popular sites. Remember that once the video is downloaded on your computer, you will have to add the .flv extension manually. KeepVid is free to use.

Link: http://keepvid.com/

VideoDownloader

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VideoDownloader is a site that supports a great list of video sharing sites and more importantly, it’s also available as a Firefox extension, allowing you to seamlessly integrate it within your browser. Like similar web services, all downloaded videos are in .flv format; therefore, you will need to use a video converter in order to watch the video (unless your video player doesn’t support .flv). VideoDownloader is completely free to use.

Link: http://javimoya.com/blog/youtube_en.php

YouTubeX

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YouTubeX is a site that lets you download videos from YouTube. It doesn’t have a lot of options in terms of video sites among which you could choose, but in its simplicity it works fine. It also enables you to share the YouTube video with your friends via e-mail. All the downloaded files are called “get_video”, and you will have to add the .flv extension manually. YouTubeX is completely free to use.

Link: http://www.youtubex.com/

DownThisVideo

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DownThisVideo is a website that lets you download videos from YouTube, GoogleVideo, MetaCafe, Vimeo and other services. You simply have to paste the link in the search box and the service will do all the work for you. Please note that AVI and MP4 formats are allowed for Google Video only. DownThisVideo is free to use.

Link: http://downthisvideo.com/

KissYouTube

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KissYouTube is a service that provides two interesting ways to download videos from YouTube. The first is to go on the page where the video is located and add the word “kiss” in front of the youtube.com domain name; once you press Enter, the browser will bring you to the KissYouTube site, where you will be able to download the video. Alternatively, you can simply go on the KissYouTube website, enter the URL of the video and push “Get it”. The video will be downloaded in .flv format. Free to use.

Link: http://www.kissyoutube.com/

YouTubeDownloads

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YouTubeDownloads is an interesting service that lets you download videos from YouTube (other sites are not supported). Once you enter the link to the video you want to download, you will be able to save it as a .flv file. You will need to use a video player that supports this file format in order to be able to watch it. YouTubeDownloads is completely free to use.

Link: http://www.downloadandsaveyoutubevideos.info/

YouTubia

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YouTubia.com is a YouTube clone that lets you download and save YouTube videos within your IE or Firefox browser. YouTube videos are downloaded in the new .flv (flash video) format, and you will need a .flv Player to watch them. You might have to rename the file extension of the downloaded video file to be “.flv” before you can play it. Free to use.

Link: http://www.youtubia.com/

Kcoolonline

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Kcoolonline is a site that lets you download videos on your hard disk from more than 90 sites, including YouTube, Google Video, Metacafe, iFilm and MySpace, Yahoo and many more. Some time file comes with name “get_video”; in those occasions, you need to rename it and add the .flv extension. Kcoolonline is completely free to use.

Link: http://www.kcoolonline.com/

Hey!Watch

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Hey!Watch provides a simple way to download videos from video sharing sites and encode. You can download videos from Google Video, YouTube, Metacafé, Break, MySpace and many other video sites. Videos can be encoded in iPod format, PSP, 3GP and other popular formats. The API of Hey!Watch can be easily integrated in any web or desktop applications. The service is not free and 1 encode credit only costs you $0.10 or 0.07€.

Link: http://heywatch.com/page/home

MediaConverter

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MediaConverter is a platform that lets you download and convert videos straight from YouTube. Among the supported file formats there are .avi, .flv, .mov, 3GP and many others. MediaConverter also enables you to upload your own videos and convert them easily. MediaConverter is completely free to use.

Link: http://www.mediaconverter.org/

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May 28, 2007 Posted by | video, web2, youtube | 2 Comments

How to convert/encode files to FLV using FFMPEG & PHP

So, as I’ve written in an earlier article on how to install FFMPEG on your server, while there are those who probably use a “YouTube Clone” script, there might be those who want to create their own using FFMPEG & PHP. FLV is the most widely used type of codec that runs on most Flash players.

So, let’s get started, there are actually a few steps into converting a file to FLV which are shown below

1. Send the script to FFMPEG-PHP and get it’s info
So, before doing any of this, you should make sure that your file has been uploaded to somewhere and you have the full path to it. (You can’t use what you have in “memory”, so you’ll have to look on how to upload a file, once you got that and have the path of the file, we’ll start our script to invoke FFMPEG-PHP and get the file’s resolution. What we mainly need is the width, height & FPS (frame per second) so that we can tell FFMPEG about. I’ll be using the clock.avi located in every windows system.

We’ll start out our code with getting our variables:

// Set our source file
$srcFile = "/path/to/clock.avi";
$destFile = "/path/to/clock.flv";
$ffmpegPath = "/path/to/ffmpeg";
$flvtool2Path = "/path/to/flvtool2";

// Create our FFMPEG-PHP class
$ffmpegObj = new ffmpeg_movie($srcFile);

// Save our needed variables
$srcWidth = makeMultipleTwo($ffmpegObj->getFrameWidth());
$srcHeight = makeMultipleTwo($ffmpegObj->getFrameHeight());
$srcFPS = $ffmpegObj->getFrameRate();

Also, the width/height has to be multiples of two so I have created a function that makes it a multiple of two:

function makeMultipleTwo ($value)
{
$sType = gettype($value/2);

if($sType == “integer”)
{
return $value;
} else {
return ($value-1);
}
}

2. Send the script to FFMPEG for encoding
Here is where the fun starts, executing it and telling FFMPEG where to place it later. Let’s see on how our command will consist and what it will be made of. We’ll see what quality settings we will have to set.

ffmpeg -i video.avi -ar 22050 -ab 32 -f flv -s 320x240 video.flv

That’s generally how to convert a video.avi to video.flv with the audio sampling at 22050 & audio bit rate at 32, with the size 320×240. While I suggest the values above for audio as they are the most compressed, but we’ll use the old audio settings for better quality.

$srcAB = intval($ffmpegObj->getAudioBitRate()/1000);
$srcAR = $ffmpegObj->getAudioSampleRate();

Now we have pretty much most of the values ready for our compression, however, we need to call flvtool2 to get our Meta information. Steps 4 and 5 in the diagram work simultaneously with this one.

What we do is make flvtool2 run at the same time as FFMPEG so we’ll pipe it into the command which means our general command is

ffmpeg -i video.avi -ar 22050 -ab 32 -f flv -s 320x240 video.flv | flvtool2 -U stdin video.flv

Now, we have a kind of complete command, let’s make our final code!

<?php
// Set our source file
$srcFile = "/path/to/clock.avi";
$destFile = "/path/to/clock.flv";
$ffmpegPath = "/path/to/ffmpeg";
$flvtool2Path = "/path/to/flvtool2";
// Create our FFMPEG-PHP class
$ffmpegObj = new ffmpeg_movie($srcFile);
// Save our needed variables
$srcWidth = makeMultipleTwo($ffmpegObj->getFrameWidth());
$srcHeight = makeMultipleTwo($ffmpegObj->getFrameHeight());
$srcFPS = $ffmpegObj->getFrameRate();
$srcAB = intval($ffmpegObj->getAudioBitRate()/1000);
$srcAR = $ffmpegObj->getAudioSampleRate();
// Call our convert using exec()
exec($ffmpegPath . " -i " . $srcFile . " -ar " . $srcAR . " -ab " . $srcAB . " -f flv -s " . $srcWidth . "x" . $srcHeight . " " . $destFile . " | " . $flvtool2Path . " -U stdin " . $destFile);
// Make multiples function
function makeMultipleTwo ($value)
{
$sType = gettype($value/2);
if($sType == "integer")
{
return $value;
} else {
return ($value-1);
}
}
?>

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May 26, 2007 Posted by | video, youtube clone | 13 Comments

Microsoft promotes user-generated content with Popfly

User-generated content (the YouTube phenomenon) has sent the entire internet industry scrambling for a piece of its ad-revenue potential. Now, any bozo with a video camera can produce his/her own masterpiece and find an audience of millions (just like Hollywood bozos do).

What if, however, your creativity runs to internet gadgets, mashups, and web pages? Microsoft Corp. (NASDAQ: MSFT) doesn’t believe your lack of html expertise should freeze you out of the market.

Following the lead of Google Inc. (NASDAQ:GOOG) and Yahoo! Inc. (NASDAQ: YHOO), Microsoft has launched a new tool, Popfly Creator, to take the coding work out of creating user-built web content. It has also launched a community, Popfly Space, to host the creations.

With Popfly Creator, you’ll be able to piece together feeds to create your own custom web pages, or mash them up to create something new and wonderful (or dreadful). For example, suppose your life dream is to create a real-time display correlating the temperature in Mumbai, the S&P 500 average, and the color of the shirt you have on, in a 3-D graph? Popfly could make that dream come true, for better or worse.

Microsoft is not, as usual, first with concept. Yahoo launched Yahoo Pipes last year. Google has allowed mashups utilizing Google Earth and Google Maps.

MSFT is currently spooning out user privileges, perhaps hoping to clone the video site Joost‘s success in cultivated allure through the illusion of scarcity.

The new program is built using Microsoft’s new Silverlight platform, but the average user won’t need to know that. Microsoft is betting that, if they allow the world to unleash its creativity, some great content is bound to result — the million monkeys approach. Then, by hosting such content on Popfly Space, the company will gain the eyeballs they need to grow their advertising revenue.

May 26, 2007 Posted by | youtube clone | Leave a comment

Pirate Bay Crafting YouTube Clone

The Pirate Bay is apparently working on a YouTube clone for broadband users that the group says will retain the “Pirate Bay mentality.” We assume that means the Sweden-based outfit will continue laughing every time a copyright holder sends them a DMCA takedown request that doesn’t apply under Swedish law.

http://thepiratebay.org/blog/69 http://www.thevideobay.org

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May 19, 2007 Posted by | youtube clone | Leave a comment

Lens on Starting YouTube Clone

There is a Squidoo Lens on Building your own YouTube like video sharing portal.

How to Build Youtube Clone

May 18, 2007 Posted by | youtube clone | Leave a comment

YouTube, another revolution

It is highly likely that the success of the internet video site YouTube, and other sites like it, coupled with a worldwide increase in broadband wireless communications, will result in the widespread growth of the “citizen journalist.”

In addition, it is likely that the proliferation of these sites will result in an increased value placed on accurate sourcing and the erosion of the information control efforts of federal governments and corporations due to these video sites’ ability to disseminate large quantities of data accompanied by a certain level of anonymity.

According to a recent Los Angeles Times article, YouTube has ushered in a new era of journalism through what it has named the “YouTube Effect.” Similar to its precursor the “CNN Effect,” in which people marveled at the existence of a 24-hour news source, video-hosting web sites open up the journalism field even further by enabling people to act as “citizen journalists,” or amateur journalists who record and disseminate news of events to the public. While CNN created a constant outlet for news, YouTube and other sites like it act as a global dissemination hub for news by ordinary people.

Despite the name, the YouTube effect is not limited to YouTube, though it is one of the most well-known sites. Many other citizen journalist sites exist, such as Newsvine and NewsCloud. Even CNN now maintains a small citizen journalist site known as “I-Reporter” (most notably applied during the recent shootings at Virginia Tech). However, one of the original and most influential citizen journalist sites is OhMyNews.

Introduced in South Korea in 2000, OhMyNews is a site composed almost entirely of writing done by citizen journalists. The site has grown to international proportions and now receives contributions from all over the world.

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May 18, 2007 Posted by | youtube | Leave a comment

YouTube to Sponsor Official Democratic Debate

YouTube is the next battle ground for the Democratic presidential candidates: the video site will co-sponsor the first of six Democratic debates of the 2008 race, making it the first “new media” sponsor in an opportunity normally reserved for mainstream news outlets. CNN is the television partner for the debates. Presumably this will all be tied in to YouTube’s YouChoose campaign, in which candidates talk directly to viewers.

There are very few details on the debate, and YouTube hopes to achieve balance by also covering Republican debates, says the San Jose Mercury News: “Lest partisanship become an issue, Boorstin said Google and CNN are working with GOP candidates to arrange a similar debate. Unlike the DNC, the Republican National Committee is not organizing debates for its candidates.”

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May 17, 2007 Posted by | youtube clone | Leave a comment

Indian YouTube Clones

1. Bizhat.com – Bizhat is a a popular indian portal includes youtube clone.

2. Infeedia.com – This site has been launched by a bunch of friends living in US, India and UK. It is positioned as a South Asian video aggregator. In fact Infeedia is not just an aggregator, it is also a filter, for it has a Digg style voting mechanism to surface the popular videos on the home page. Infeedia does not host videos; it allows you to post India centric videos (by copying the JavaScript code) from other popular video sites. Arun (from Infeedia) informs me that they had initially planned to have hosting but gave up that idea. Partly because of bandwidth cost considerations, and partly because of the existence of scores of other video hosting sites.

3. ApnaTube.com – As the name suggests, this is a YouTube clone to the hilt. The site allows hosting of videos, so that’s a definite advantage over Infeedia. While the visual design of the site is quite pleasing to the eye, it needs improvement in terms of its usability. It seems to have been around for just a few days, but you can already find Google ads on the homepage.

4. MeraVideo.com – MeraVideo is a part of BrainGain Entertainment Private Ltd., a privately held Mumbai based Media Company. The mera video site is also a you tube clone with video uploadinga nd sharing facility. Though the site seems to give a poorer impression design wise compared to the earlier two video sites. The features are just to upload and share while unlike Apnatube this site does not have its logo on the video being viewed and shared but uses windows media player.

May 16, 2007 Posted by | youtube clone | 2 Comments

Last.fm will soon have Videos

The UK based online music recommendation community, Last.fm will expand their site with videos later this week. Users will be able to create personalized video channel, similar to how they create their radio station based on their taste. Audio on these music videos will be encoded at near CD quality 128kbps, compare to YouTube’s 64kbps.

Last.fm will initially feature videos from independent labels like Ninja Tune, Nettwerk Music Group, Domino, Warp, Atlantic and Mute, along with some big names like Arctic Monkeys, Moby and Aphex Twin. They’ve also partnered with EMI and Warner. Negotiations are being done with Universal and Sony as well.

Last.fm eventually plans to offer “every music video ever made on the site, from the latest hits to underground obscurities to classics from the past”. In other news, Last.fm is rumored to be in talks with Viacom for an acquisition worth $450 million.

May 16, 2007 Posted by | youtube clone | 1 Comment

CrowdRules Launches, Not Just Another YouTube Clone

The new video sharing site CrowdRules is a new take on the online video dome. The video sharing site allows the users to insert the URL of a video they would like to share with others and receive feedback for the same.One of the features on the site dubbed “Challenge” is aimed at holding contests to get the ranking of a video, and posting videos for the voting purpose. Anyone can commence the challenge. It was good to see that the users can export the challenges to personal profiles on sites such as MySpace, Piczo etc.

For now, they are experimenting with videos only. Anyhow, they have plans to support text, photos, news, blogs, podcasts, audio and documents in the near future. CrowdRules can be used for audience testing, band battles, film festivals, market research and many more things.

CEO of CrowdRules
has commented on the voting style at the site and said:

The voting on YouTube and other video sites can be gamed, so the results aren’t reliable, i.e., business decisions can’t be based on them. By keeping the voting honest, CrowdRules allows people to get meaningful ratings and rankings on anything.

They say that YouTube is just for fun and they have designed CrowdRules as a contest-oriented question and answer site with videos.

In nutshell, CrowdRules is a new spin on the idea of online video sharing by allowing group formation around the videos. Click here to know more about the site.

May 8, 2007 Posted by | clone, youtube clone | 2 Comments