Skip to comments.Need FR Tech Help: How to convert a Youtube video to .wmv and save it
Posted on 02/28/2010 2:57:55 PM PST by Maceman
I'm working on a PowerPoint presentation on a friend's mac, and wanting to insert a video into a slide.
I am pretty conversant with PowerPoint, mostly on a PC, but haven't ever put a video into a presentation.
Can anyone tell me if it is possible to grab a Youtube video, convert it to an appropriate file, and insert it into a slide? Given that this PowerPoint for Mac, should it be converted to a .wmv file?
Thanks as always.
There are dozens of free converter programs on download.com.
Its really easy.
IIRC there are even web pages that you can type the You Tube URL into, and it will in turn offer you a WMV or other chosen movie format for download.
Funny you should ask, I just did this. Download a free tool called youtube downloader from cnet here: http://download.cnet.com/YouTube-Downloader/3000-2071_4-10647340.html this will download the file then once downloaded you can use the same program to convert the downloaded video to the format you need.
Here’s an easier solution:
- plzy the youtube video on your computer, pause it at the place you want to capture
- move the cursor out of the way
- hit Fn-Insert (use Fn like a shift key) to do a print-screen which actually copies it into a buffer somehere
- open Paint or some graphics progra
- in Paint (if that’s what you used), click on Edit, Paste to bring that copy of the screen into Paint
- crop, resize, etc, then save as a .JPG file or .BMP or whatever
following online instructions
Free conversion programs:
Any-Video-Converter (I use this one a lot)
and here’s a whole bunch more:
Someone else will surely help re: Powerpoint specifics
www.videohelp.com is a good place to start looking for this kind of thing. There is a large forum, and reviews of software and hardware. Good luck.
this is the site I use. Just follow the instructions.
There is a real easy way to download youtube vids called voobys. Just surf to a youtube video you want, then click on the address bar and replace "youtube" with "voobys" and hit enter, then follow the instructions on the page it takes you to.
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look for an flv to wmv converter.
Thanks for asking the question. Wanted to know as well.
Thank all for the answers.
Bump for video conversion reference.
I agree — bump for later
Thanks for posting this. The learning never stops.
Free and easy video converters
If you use Firefox, there are a number of addons (my favorite is Easy YouTube Video Downloader 2.1) that allows you to very easily save the higher-quality YouTube videos in their native formats - usually MP4, and sometimes in HD). Windows Media Player can easily handle MP4, so you don’t really have to convert anything, as you might with a Flash (FLV) file.
http://keepvid.com downloads youtube videos and converts to several formats.
Go to Keepvid.com, insert the url for the youtube video, click save to my computer, rename your file.
Video Download Helper extension for Firefox:
Very easy to use.
The first is freeware and it is called Moyea FLV Downloader. Simply download this program, copy and paste the Youtube URL into the Moyea web browser and tell it where to save the file.
The other piece is called AVS Video Converter. It can be downloaded as Shareware...I don't recall what the limitation is for this particular piece since I bought their entire suite for $59.00...it's that good. Read their website and see what you get for $59. It's amazing and their stuff WORKS. But I digress.
Use the AVS Video Converter to convert your saved Youtube FLV video to .wmv with 2 clicks of you mouse. You're done. Simple. I have done this many times and it works everytime.
You can copy the embed code from the Youtube site and paste it into the PPT page, click on the link during the presentation, provided you have internet access at the presentation site, and the video will play.
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The limitation is a watermark right in the middle of the converted video. So it makes the video unusable for the most part, although it allows you to see the quality of the conversion. It is a very good program if you pay for it.
I tested all the AVS products and they are fantastic. Which is why I paid the money to get them all.
I have tried a great number of audio and video products over the years and none of them have come close to the AVS products. They are simply top notch.
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