[Air-l] Web 2.0 - "the machine is us?"

Alex Halavais alex at halavais.net
Tue Feb 13 09:57:30 PST 2007


On 2/13/07, Paul Jones <pjones at metalab.unc.edu> wrote:
> I am sad however that the presentation itself is only available on youtube
...
> the work is listed as CC license but is only available in non-free formats
> that don't allow for easy remix.

Well, not *easy* perhaps, but certainly not impossible. There are a
variety of scripts for Firefox that allow for the easy downloading of
video from YouTube. Or you can use one of the online services, e.g.:

http://www.videodl.org/

This will yield a flash video (flv) file that still needs to be
transcoded before it is easily manipulable. I use SUPER on a PC,
usually, but VLC, can perform much the same function on a Mac.

So, an extra step required in there, but one that I seem to be using
quite a lot lately to make use of materials found on YouTube. Fairly
straightforward to convert to Quicktime to include in a presentation,
etc.

Alex

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