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How to: Enjoy online video offline

Download & convert Flash video using RealPlayer

It's not all clips of burping babies and snoozing grannies: YouTube offers some real gems, too. Using RealPlayer, you can download your favourite clips for offline viewing and even convert them to a format compatible with your portable player.

Step 3. The free version of RealPlayer is ad-supported. Click No to all offers punted to you, then choose the ‘Basic RealPlayer' installation. A RealPlayer Message Center will be installed in the Taskbar; you can turn this off by right-clicking the icon in the Taskbar, selecting ‘Preferences' and deselecting everything.

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Step 4. After watching the Australian Open, we found some great clips of Roger Federer on YouTube. When you open a page that has a video you'll see the RealPlayer download button appear just above the clip. Click this button to download the video, or right-click the clip and choose the relevant option.

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Step 5. The RealPlayer Downloader window appears, showing the clip you're currently downloading. A number of useful options are available in this window, including Convert to and Copy to. For now, just click the thumbnail preview of the video to open it and play it back using RealPlayer.

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Step 6. The clip has now been downloaded to your hard drive in the Flash video (.flv) format. Flash isn't compatible with Windows Media Player, so you'll either need to convert the file or watch it in RealPlayer. RealPlayer can also be used to download Flash video from other websites, such as DailyMotion and Vimeo.

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