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Forum topic by jusfine posted 10-26-2010 05:43 AM 1058 views 0 times favorited 8 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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10-26-2010 05:43 AM

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I usually start my day with at least a 30 minute walk.
In the winter I use the treadmill or eliptical trainer, and I like to watch woodworking recordings while I am sweating – always a chance I could learn something new… :)

I have purchased a number of FWW DVDs and have almost worn them out, I can recite the phrases and methods before they show up on screen, so I will now get to the point.

Is there a way to record some of the video on the internet and save it to disc?

If someone could enlighten me, I would be grateful, but also wondered if there is any copyright issues in doing so?

If it is free for the viewing online, couldn’t you tape it to watch it later?

I don’t have cable or satellite tv, so this seems to be the only method for me, or would someone be interested in exchanging recorded woodworking programs on DVD?

-- Randy "You are judged as much by the questions you ask as the answers you give..."

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#1 posted 10-26-2010 05:59 AM

finewoodworking archive for all the magazines on DVD,,

-- Custom furniture

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#2 posted 10-26-2010 06:10 AM

Jim, thanks.
I have the DVD for the FWW archives, but the magazines are too hard to read from 20 feet away while I am running or walking… :)

I need movies…

-- Randy "You are judged as much by the questions you ask as the answers you give..."

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#3 posted 10-26-2010 07:26 AM

There is a Firefox extension called, appropriately enough, DownloadHelper. With it installed, you can start running a Youtube video and click on the button in your toolbar and select to download the video. From there, it’s just burn it to a DVD-R [or save a bunch to burn en masse to a DVD].

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#4 posted 10-26-2010 03:02 PM

If you Google “download youtube videos” you will find a bunch of tools for doing what you want to do.

I suppose it could technically constitute copyright infringement in some cases, but as long as you are using the videos for your own viewing, and not posting them elsewhere on the internet, I don’t see any ethical problem.

-- Charlie M. "Woodworking - patience = firewood"

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#5 posted 10-26-2010 04:47 PM

If the video is a change the y to a 3 in the URL and you can immediately download the video

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#6 posted 10-26-2010 06:35 PM

traupmann: Thanks! Did not know about that.

-- Charlie M. "Woodworking - patience = firewood"

#7 posted 10-26-2010 07:25 PM

traupmann has a let us in on a cool trick for downloading any youtube video in a variety of formats. However, once you download something, you need to be able to burn it to a disc that your DVD player will actually play. Some players will read mp4 or avi files, but having it in a standard DVD format is usually best. Check the manual on your DVD player to see what it can handle.

For sites other than Youtube, I personally use a free program called Orbit Downloader with an included program called Grab++ which constantly sifts out the web address of each video file you’re watching online. Then you can make Grab send the download info to Orbit, which will download the file to your hard drive. But now you’re back to the issue of burning the video(s) to a playable DVD format.

Maybe the following is an extra step that the proper DVD burning software would allow you to bypass, but I use another free software called Any Video Converter that works well for converting pretty much any video file to a DVD compatible MPG file. This program is quite simple, and gives a few essential options for how you want the video to be converted, such as aspect ratio for standard 4:3 screens or 16:9 widescreens and audio/video Bitrate options for determining overall quality.

Then I use the Ulead DVD software that came installed on my computer to make a nice DVD with menus. It takes some time to set up, but the results are great. This software will take a while to convert the dvd mpg files yet again into the native DVD format before burning, which is something like a VOB file…I think…

Buy some DVD-R DL (dual layer) discs which allow you to burn lots of shows on one DVD. I’ve gotten up to 13 half-hour shows on a single DVD with enough data space left for designing a nice show-selection menu.

I’ve got a load of American Woodshop shows converting to mpg dvd format right now. Here's where you can find season 14 through the latest broadcasted show in the current (17th) season.

I’d also suggest watching seasons 26 through 29 of the PBS show, The Woodwright’s Shop, found here.

The New Yankee Workshop has some early shows available on their site too, but I haven’t been able to download them with the software I use. They must have it obscured from url sniffer software.

If you have any questions, send me a message, and I’d be glad to help. I’ve been doing this for a long time. I’ve stuck to doing this with shows from PUBLIC TELEVISION ONLY, so if someone wants to say I’m a bootlegger, that’s not true since I only do it for my personal viewing.

-- Lane Custom Guitars and Basses

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#8 posted 10-27-2010 12:02 AM

Thanks very much for your help, I will give it a try!

-- Randy "You are judged as much by the questions you ask as the answers you give..."

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