Friday, April 24, 2009

Capture that Youtube vid

So you've found that perfect video clip that illustrates the concept you want to introduce to the class. You've made a note of the Youtube address, or the embed code and are ready to show it to your class. You've connected the projector, fired up Firefox, and *disaster*, Youtube is blocked in your district!

What to do? This is where Voobys comes in handy. (There are a couple of other sites that work in a similar way: for example.)

Here's what you do:
(adapted from:
  1. Go to
  2. Type your search term in the search bar.
  3. Click on the video link so that it loads in the current window.
  4. As soon as you're on the desired page, go to the Address bar (where you typed in and just erase the word "youtube", substituting for it for the word "voobys".
  5. Download the video. This will take you to a page that allows you to download the video. Click the "Download Video" link that and choose the "save as" destination.
The resulting file can be burned to a CD or played directly from your computer.

Of course, you'll have to do all this from your home computer, if Youtube is blocked at your school. (As an additional ironic note, Voobys is unaccessible from my work site!)