Tuesday, May 13, 2008
Bring YouTube Through The Firewall!
Stuck Behind The Firewall?
So often when giving a workshop or even teaching students, I find myself behind a firewall that does not include sights such as YouTube. I understand the reasoning behind this, and there's no argument there, but it does make it difficult to share the multitude of valuable resources that are posted on sites like YouTube. So one of the solutions I use is to convert the videos to a format that allows me to simply bring the videos with me. I've always used Zamzar for this and it's been pretty friendly until recently, when I've been getting errors, such as "file type not supported." With Zamzar, the files can also take hours to convert, and I can be impatient when I'm trying to put together a presentation (especially at the last minute).
Well, recently I stumbled on Movavi. There's a few things I really like about Movavi.
1. You can embed Movavi into your iGoogle page or add buttons to your browser.
2. You can combine videos into a single video.
3. It works fast.
4. It works with all of these sites: youtube.com, blip.tv, break.com, dailymotion.com, video.google.com, ifilm.com, metacafe.com, myspace.com, myvideo.de, sevenload.com and more!
A brief tutorial
You can use Movavi to convert files directly from your harddrive, or you can get them from sites like YouTube or TeacherTube. Go to a site like YouTube, and search for a video. I found one by my favorite producers called CommonCraft. This one is Blogging in Plain English.
Once you find the video you like, grab the URL and copy it.
Here is where you will go to the Movavi site and paste that URL into the first field:
Next, select an output format. Here you can choose Quicktime, Windows Media, Cellphone, iPod, etc. Have fun with this!
Next, enter your email address and don't worry about file size maxing out your mailbox. You won't get the file in your mailbox. You will get a link to the file so you can download it. Tip: if you are planning to access the file from within your school district firewall, I recommend that you use your school district email address. When your email comes through with your link, you will then be able to get to it from school. Sounds obvious, but lots of people don't think of this.
Last step, click CONVERT! If you are requesting more than one video to be converted, you can combine them. For example, you may already know this, but YouTube has a 10 minute limit on files, so many of their longer videos are broken up into segments. If you are interested in 3 contiguous segments, you probably want them to be combined. In that case, simply check the box to merge all videos into one large movie.
Last, you will get this email telling you how to download your file:
Is this something you would use? If you know of another free service that does something similar, please share!