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newcomertoo
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« on: January 20, 2013, 10:42:18 AM »

Yesterday, I practiced my job talk with a friend. We could not get the Internet to work. I have two video clips in my presentation.  I learned that you can download your video clips to MP4 and play them without the Internet.

Here is the link: https://addons.mozilla.org/en-us/firefox/addon/download-youtube/ (It is an add on for Firefox).
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« Reply #1 on: January 20, 2013, 12:43:23 PM »

Yesterday, I practiced my job talk with a friend. We could not get the Internet to work. I have two video clips in my presentation.  I learned that you can download your video clips to MP4 and play them without the Internet.

Here is the link: https://addons.mozilla.org/en-us/firefox/addon/download-youtube/ (It is an add on for Firefox).

I learned that tip too late for a presentation at a conference site with a surprisingly iffy connection, but at least it wasn't for a job presentation.  Good for you for doing the practice session, and thanks for this reminder, as I plan for two (so far) practice sessions in coming weeks for our grad students who have job talks ahead, too.

If they use the Internet (or PowerPoint or other technology that has failed for me) I will be ready to ask, "and if the technology fails you, as technology can do, what will you say/do, instead?"   (I learned to always bring handouts of visuals, if they were that crucial to understanding -- and if not, that was a tip to cut them.)  Good luck! and let us know how it goes.
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« Reply #2 on: January 20, 2013, 4:13:08 PM »

This is also a great extension: http://www.downloadhelper.net/

Also, for mac users: http://www.any-video-converter.com/mac-tutorial/6-ways-to-download-youtube-videos.php
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« Reply #3 on: January 20, 2013, 5:27:46 PM »

I use Downloadhelper for that precise purpose, and make sure I have VLC accessible somewhere whenever I'll need to play the video files, because it has a good track record of playing anything I throw at it. It also runs well off a USB stick, so I can keep it and the rest of the presentation all in one place.
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« Reply #4 on: January 20, 2013, 7:44:30 PM »

Watermarkup,

I am not familiar with VLC. How can you play it off a flash drive?
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« Reply #5 on: January 20, 2013, 9:46:30 PM »

VLC: http://www.videolan.org/vlc/

Wherever you install it on your computer, you can just copy and paste that directory onto a USB stick, and it will run just fine from there without needing to be installed on any Windows PC you plug the USB stick into.
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« Reply #6 on: January 20, 2013, 11:17:19 PM »

Watermarkup,

Thanks a lot. This is very important.
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« Reply #7 on: January 21, 2013, 2:47:13 AM »

If you don't want to both installing an extension (I tend not to, because they can get wonky with the browser), this works well too.
http://keepvid.com/

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« Reply #8 on: January 21, 2013, 12:56:06 PM »

Can anyone show me how to get vlc stored your flash drive to play the video clip also stored in your flash drive?
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newcomertoo
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« Reply #9 on: January 21, 2013, 11:20:02 PM »

I figured it out myself.

First, you open your video file in the media library of the laptop with which you have downloaded the file, "send to" (right click on the video file) to your flash drive as a media file.

Second, when you open vlc in the same flash drive, you can open the media file stored on your flash drive.

This way, whatever laptop you will be using when giving your job talk, if the Internet does not work, you will be able to open the vlc stored in your flash drive, and view the video file also stored in the same flash drive.
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« Reply #10 on: January 31, 2013, 4:28:12 PM »

I like and prefer KeepVid, but unfortunately it uses Java. My school has disabled Java on pretty much everything for security reasons.
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« Reply #11 on: February 09, 2013, 9:30:37 AM »

I had my teaching demo at a campus interview yesterday. No one can get the Internet to work. I was able to play the two video clips with MP4 installed on my laptop.

If you are only taking your flash drive to the interview, you need to download both MP4 and video clip(s) on your flash drive.

Here is the link to download MP4: http://www.videolan.org/vlc/
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« Reply #12 on: February 09, 2013, 10:59:11 PM »

Also, never leave home without a portable wifi hotspot.

If you have an Android phone, you can use the free FoxFi app to turn it into a 4G hotspot. Otherwise, you can get a USB stick from FreedomPop for $10 that comes with free 500MB of data per month. (Note: there's a $1 inactivity charge if you don't use it at all for a month. If you're cheap like me, just set a monthly reminder to stream a youtube video.)

Either is great not just for the occasional service outage, but also for travel/conferences to hotels that try to rip you off with wifi charges.
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« Reply #13 on: July 02, 2013, 12:27:09 AM »


I use AppGeeker video converter (windows version),  which should work fine for you, doing download and conversion all in one place.

http://www.ilikemall.com/how-to/convert-flv-to-mov-mac.html

If you try it, let us know the results
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