How to Download Any Flash Video

By Contributing Writer

Unlike most elements on the Web, watching flash video files requires special software to download them to your computer. By using RealPlayer 11, it is possible to download your favorite YouTube clips to enjoy time and time again.

Things You'll Need

  • RealPlayer 11
  • Web browser

Step 1

Though other software options are available, RealPlayer's free edition of its player allows users to download embedded flash videos through a link that emerges over videos on websites like YouTube (see link in Resources). Download and install RealPlayer.

Step 2

Now that RealPlayer has installed and your browser has reopened, log on to a video website where you wish to download content. For example, use YouTube. When you have gone to a video page, a box saying "Download Video Now" should appear directly on top of the video. Click the button to begin downloading.

Step 3

If the file you are trying to download isn't copy protected, RealPlayer's Download Manager box will appear. You will now be able to play or remove your downloaded movies. All videos obtained from the Internet are typically FLV files and are not compatible with most movie players. By default, RealPlayer will save the files to your My Documents folder. For example: C:\Documents and Settings\USER\My Documents\My Videos\RealPlayer Downloads. If you want to send a clip to a friend, for example, this is where you would locate your videos.

Tips & Warnings

  • An alternative to viewing FLV files than RealPlayer is the free VLC Media Player.
  • Some videos have large file sizes because of their length.Do not download videos whose copyright do not belong to you.

References & Resources