Flash video download and conversion for Apple TV, iPhone, and iPod
Got an Apple TV, video iPod, or iPhone and want more content for it? Wish you could watch YouTube on your TV or iPod? Like to keep copies of your favorite internet videos on your Mac?
What can it do?
TubeTV is a freeware program for Mac OS X Tiger, Leopard, and above which enables you to search for, save, and convertYouTube and many other flash videos to a format suitable for playback on your favorite devices.
A built in search bar and web browser helps you conveniently locate your favorite videos from common sites such as YouTube. If you prefer, a single button or menu option will grab the currently displayed URL or movie from your default web browser (Safari, Camino, Firefox, or OmniWeb). High quality video conversions using the H.264 codec are performed with QuickTime and Perian. If desired, TubeTV can add exported movies directly to iTunes and set appropriate comment tags enabling you to create a smart playlist. Alternately, double clicking on a converted video file will open it in iTunes or drag and drop a saved video file on to QuickTime Player to view it locally.
Isn't this already part of Apple TV, iPhone, and iPod Touch?
Yes, it's true that Apple has added YouTube support to the Apple TV (June 20th, 2007) and iPhone, but TubeTV can still be helpful for saving your favorite videos and adding them permanently to your library. The YouTube options on the Apple TV, iPhone, and iPod Touch don't have access to the entire YouTube library, and it's also possible you'd want to add content from other web sites besides YouTube - TubeTV works with most flash video on many different web sites. It's also still a great solution for viewing content on your video iPod, phone, or locally on your Mac.
What else is it good for? Older computers tend to be too slow to play YouTube videos at full speed - they stutter and skip frames. Use TubeTV to download the movie and then play back the flv file with QuickTime player at full speed rather than suffering through the stutter - this works even on an eight year old Mac like a G4 400 MHz tower (from 1999!).
TubeTV has been localized into Spanish, German, and French. Thanks to our localizers for their time and effort on this - more details on the TubeTV web page.
The folks at YouTube have been putting a big effort into securing their site. They have blocked most of the websites that were giving people the ability to download videos from YouTube. They have also blocked TubeTV downloads. The irony of it is the fact that many of the videos on YouTube are taken from other sources. But YouTube doesn't want anyone taking videos from them.
Went straight to youtube to try and download any video, received error message every time. I'm not sure if that was what was intended, but in the description it says that it easily downloads videos from sites like Youtube, so what gives?
Its becoming more and more difficult to find a working FLV downloader for safari when there are plenty of them that work really well on firefox, i guess i'll just use firefox.
There are a million youtube video downloaders but this one even does obscure sites. I found a video on a site I've never heard of and it still worked. Super simple AND it converts it to an ipod compatible file.
I would just be nit picking so none.
Oh, side note. You have to download perian. I've been using perian for a while anyway so that wasn't a big deal. I would have downloaded perian anyway.
Free flv download utility that downloads and converts from even obscure sites, not just youtube. Leaving you with a quicktime compatible file. It's great.
1. converted YouTube .flv files for my iPhone 3G m4v (mpeg-4) 2. easy to use a. downloads and converts for you (can also import to iTunes for you) b. many choices... just choice Apple TV, iPhone, iPod, etc.
[new feature] Fully cached flash movies can now be saved immediately rather than re-downloading (requires Leopard or higher).
[new feature] Support for bookmarking movies (favorites) added (requires Leopard or higher).
[new feature] Optional history of recently viewed movies (requires Leopard or higher).
[new feature] New and improved version checking system which can actually download new releases rather than just sending the user to a web site.
[new feature] Redesigned progress window which behaves more like users expect with regard to resizing and positioning. Progress items have a new option to reveal associated files in the Finder.
[new feature] Enhanced preferences with more user customizability.
[new feature] Various UI enhancements.
[new feature] New option to automatically add converted movies to the TubeTV playlist in iTunes (playlist is created if not present). Movies are tagged to enable users to easily create smart playlists.
[new feature] New option to attempt a movie download from your default web browser without first displaying the movie in TubeTV.
[new feature] Support for downloading movies from dailymotion.com.
[bugfix] Fixed a problem on certain web sites where the save button wouldn't remain enabled even though it should have.
[bugfix] Fixed a crasher which could occur in rare cases when attempting to load a preview thumbnail using Perian.
[other] Retooled help system with much more information about all aspects of TubeTV.
[other] This version is localized in German by BjÃ?????Ã?????Ã?????Ã????Ã???Ã??Ã?Â¶rn Uhde and Wolf-Jakob Gratz, French by Antoine Desir, and Spanish by Francisco LÃ?????Ã?????Ã?????Ã????Ã???Ã??Ã?Â³pez.
[other] Numerous other small changes and improvements.