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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 7. Next to the RealPlayer download button that appears in YouTube is a small triangular button that displays a drop-down menu. You can use the ‘Save this video as' command offered here to change the name of the video file when you save it on to your hard drive.

RealPlayer step 7

Step 8. Choose the Preferences option in this drop-down list to visit the Preferences panel in the main program. Under ‘Downloading & Recording', you can change various settings such as the folder where clips should be saved. You can also alter the behaviour of the download button or switch it off altogether.

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Step 9. Choose Advanced Settings. If you want to play your video clips on a portable device, you'll need to convert - or ‘transcode' - the original .flv file into a compatible format. RealPlayer's default transcoding option is Best Performance. This is fast, but the resulting video quality can be poor. We've instead selected Highest Detail.

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Step 10. We're now ready to convert our clip for use on an iPod. The Downloader window offers ‘Convert to' and ‘Copy to' options. Copy to is the quickest, converting the file and automatically preparing it for transfer. By default RealPlayer is set to copy to an iPod, but you can select another device from the drop-down menu.

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