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
4 – Download the URI in the next
<a>tag. In the example, it would be:
(Of course, you’ll need to convert the
&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 18.104.22.168, it would be something like:
Mozilla/5.0 (Macintosh; U; PPC Mac OS X Mach-O; en-US; rv:1.8b4) Gecko/20060426 Firefox/22.214.171.124
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