Download embedded videos from webpages

The following article featured in the December 2010 online edition of  Whackk  Magazine

Hi all!

Many a times we wished that we could download the videos that we chance upon in certain sites. Unfortunately, these sites do not provide you an option to download the embedded videos. Examples of such sites include youtube, howstuffworks, vimeo and so on.  Firefox web browser, along with its addons, is a software bundle in itself and its community has provided some solutions to the problem of downloading embedded videos, by providing some awesome addons like UnPlug, FlashVideoDownloader, Embedded Objects and so on.
These addons are real good ones and are simple to use. So those who are captivated by their simplicity and ready-availability can go ahead using them. I will explain how to use these addons.

Download and install UnPlug from here: http://goo.gl/deEQL

After installing it you can see unplug option listed in Firefox tools menu.


So while viewing any webpage containing any embedded videos, just invoke this option from tools menu to list all available embedded media in the webpage, along with the option to download them.  Easy as it sounds.

Similar procedures apply  for FlashVideoDownloader and Embedded Objects addons.After installation, you can see these as icons appearing in the bottom right side of Firefox.

You can download FlashVideoDownloader from here: http://goo.gl/elxlQ

and  Embedded Objects from here: http://goo.gl/dTNwA

Firefox, being available for all platforms (Windows,Linux and Mac), these addons are a boon.Now, I will introduce you to an attractive option available for Windows. We got a great download named Internet Download Manager or IDM for short. Unfortunately, it’s a commercial software,which means you should pay for it. On its brighter side, after installing it, whenever viewing embedded videos, you can see a download option above the embedded videos like the one below:

So you can download the videos in one click. What is annoying about IDM is that whenever you try to download from filehosting sites like Rapidshare,Megaupload and so on, a IDM dialog pops up to proceed download through it, which unfortunately is not allowed by many filehosting sites, especially when you are trying to download as a “free user”. However, there is an option available in IDM using which you can disintegrate IDM from specific browsers, so that certain downloads are unaffected.


Worried that IDM is not free? That won’t be for long. We got another such option in Windows: Real Player. Real Player basic could be downloaded for free from here: http://goo.gl/EwbkW

There is also a pro version available, which is not free. The free basic version, however, contains all what we need. So after installing the basic version, you can see an option for downloading the embedded videos right above the videos, similar to the IDM download option.

Given all the options, its upto you to choose your favourite.

Customising Gedit for tcl scripting

I spent a whole evening trying to find out some IDE or editor that would help me in coding tcl scripts as a part of ns simulations. The major feature I expected was autocompletion and keyword highlighter. Every editor/IDE that I stumbled upon contained one or the other, but not all. I tried Komodo Edit, Visual TCL,Alpha(tk) etc. Some of these even tested my patience in installing them.

Frustrated, I took recourse to Gedit and by chance I noticed that there are certain plugins available for Gedit, which I found would help satisfy my requirements I had mentioned in the para above. One notable plugin is the “Autocompletion” plugin. While you type the code/some word, this plugin shows a popup of words which were used before in the same document. In simple, it “autosuggests”. This one was interesting.

Along with this, you can enable some more plugins like “Bracket Completion”,”Embedded Terminal” and “Session saver”, whose purpose is pretty much self explained. And thus you almost have an IDE customised to code tcl or almost any language, needless to say that gedit provides better code highlights.

This is where you find the plugins….

Gedit–>Edit–>Preferences–>Plugins

For more on installing gedit plugins in Ubuntu, see my previous post.

<Here> is a complete list of Gedit plugins and don’t miss out the Latex plugin 🙂


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Embedded Terminal in Gedit

Gedit is one of the finest editors available for Linux.

I have been using it for quite sometime and has always wished that it contained an embedded terminal similar to the one in Kate. Little did I realise that it is available in default Gedit installations, until I stumbled upon a blog post on that topic. All you need to do is to enable the Terminal  plugin in  Gedit Preferences. Still there was a catch. Ubuntu did not list “Embed Terminal” option in its plugin list. Searching for a while in Google gave me the following solution.

Install the missing plugin options …

$ sudo apt-get install gedit-plugins

Thats all!

Now you can find “Embed Terminal” option in

Gedit—> Edit—>Preferences–>Plugins.

Check your choice, then enable display of bottom pane(View–> Bottom Pane or just ctrl+f9).

Bingo!! There you see the terminal now. Now you can write code and compile it easily!

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