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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 11. RealPlayer also lets you download a batch of clips and convert them simultaneously using the ‘Convert All' button. Other handy options include the ability to send video directly from the Downloader to your Facebook profile, or send a link to the YouTube page via email or Twitter.

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Step 12. We selected the ‘Copy to Apple iPod' option. RealPlayer downloaded our batch of Roger Federer clips and converted them into the H.264 format. It then added the converted files to our iTunes Library, ready to be transferred to an iPod. Plug in the iPod and tell iTunes to synchronise the files.

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Step 13. The ‘Convert to' option is similar to the ‘Copy to' command, but provides more control over the conversion process. One useful feature is the ‘Enable multi-select' option, which lets you specify multiple conversion options simultaneously - perhaps creating versions for your iPod, mobile phone and PC.

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Step 14. Click ‘details' next to any option to modify the conversion settings, including resolution and video quality. If you don't want to use iTunes or RealPlayer for playback, you can also convert video into Windows Media Video (.wmv) files that are compatible with Windows Media Player.

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