How to capture tutorials form the internet

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Mike Harding
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I have been trying to learn Aftereffects and one or two other Adobe packages from the many excellent free tutorial sites that are on the internet these days. However, I do not seem to be able to save the tutorials for repeat viewing and digestion at my leisure and I have to download each time I need a refresher. Can anyone recommend a low cost (free?) recording package which will allow me to record audio and video from the internet to my hard drive for play back later at my leisure. Or is this taboo? In which case I shall have to increase my download allowance!
I had hoped the recommendation to Peter Stedman’s enquiry a while back would have helped but it seems that the packages recommended are only for Utube and the like not for tutorial sites.
I hope someone can advise.
Mike Harding

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Several factors here. Many AE tutorials are in QT format, if you want to save them you'll need QT Pro (from Apple, just register the version you've already got - around £15?) - this will then let you right click on a movie and save "as source".

Flash movies and YouTube stuff can be saved with a browser plugin, I use Firefox and "Fast Video Download".

I'm sure other suggestions will follow.....!

Dave Farrants Fox Video Editing

Mike Harding
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Thanks for your input Dave. Not many takers on this one so far.
I have Quicktime pro but am obviously not yet conversant enough to get it to ‘capture’ anything.
I visit the classes on Videocopilot a lot at present and had hoped to save the tutorial I was working with rather than having to download it each time.
Maybe I should investigate Firefox instead of IE.

Mike

Graham Risdon
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Tutorials that are in Quicktime format and are viewed using progressive download are downloaded into the "Temporary Internet files" folder on your machine. It is possible to copy them from that folder to another and play them.

I found mine in c:\Documents and Settings\[user]\Local Settings\Temporary Internet Files. You can sort the list into file type order and just copy all the .mov files.

This should also work with wmv files if they're not streamed.

Hope this helps

Mike Harding
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Thank you for your advice Graham. I’ve been poking about and searching amongst my temp files most of the evening trying to find the tutorial that is sitting on my web browser, but have yet to discover a temp version of it!
Mike

Graham Risdon
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Hi Mike

Notice you're in Wiltshire as I am!! where are you based?

Back on-topic...

The video co-pilot tutorials are flash based and download a large flv (flash video file) to the temporary internet files folder called tutorial.flv. In order to play this, you need some form of flv player. I simply created a flash document with an flv playback component on it - the video plays fine (I chose the world zoom one).

The latest version of Adobe bridge plays flv as well and I'm sure that a quick google will probably find a suitable player.

All that said, not sure about the legality of keeping downloaded files - certainly wouldn't want to upset the video co-pilot chaps because their tutorials are great!!

Hope this helps

Mike Harding
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Graham, many thanks for the useful additional pointers which I will be following up ASAP. I take your point about the legality of my endeavours, which was why, in my first post, I queried whether it might be taboo. I recognise that my genuine and soul purpose of reducing the bandwidth (and time) I use by visiting the tutorial sites less frequently will be no defence should I be deemed to be infringing copyright.
Indeed the co-pilot site is such a valuable source of instruction I am moved to make a purchase to support it. The trouble is I cannot make up my mind which of the discs would suit me best.
By the way I am in Chippenham which I see from your web site is just down the road from you.

Mike Harding