Save google video as (DivX) .avi file

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This is one rather cool hack that I didn’t notice.  Apparently, you can save any video in Google Video as an .avi file – and the best thing about this "hack" is that you don’t need any extra software!
 
How?  Well here’s how:
 
 
Method 1 (the more generic method): 
 
1 – Find a video you want to download on Google Video.  For example:
 
2 – Click on the "Download" (as Window / Mac) link.
 
3 – Search for the string id="macdownloaddiv".
 
4 – Download the URI in the next <a> tag.  In the example, it would be:
 
(Of course, you’ll need to convert the &amp; to "&" and etc. if you just copy the URI…)
 
 
 
Method 2 (The easier way… In my opinion):
 
1 – Change your user-agent to that of the Mac OS – for Firefox 1.5.0.3, it would be something like:

Mozilla/5.0 (Macintosh; U; PPC Mac OS X Mach-O; en-US; rv:1.8b4) Gecko/20060426 Firefox/1.5.0.3

 
2 – Open the video and click on the "Download" (as Window / Mac) link.
 
3 – Viola!  An .avi file is now offered to you.
 
 

In case you are interested, if you want to be able to change user-agent quickly in Firefox, you can get an extension called "User Agent Switcher" (link).
 
As for MSIE… well… have fun with changing the registry!
HKEY_CURRENT_USERSoftwareMicrosoftWindowsCurrentVersionInternet Settings : User Agent
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