A URL "sniffer" is a tool that recognises the media information from a website's URL (Web address) and allows users to download and convert the streaming video. FLVs are the most common type of streaming video on the Web, and are the default file type for sites like YouTube and Google Video. There are many online URL "sniffers" to choose from, including sites like CatchYouTube.com, 2Conv.com and MediaConverter.org, which allow users to download and/or convert streaming FLVs, free of charge.
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Navigate to the video you want downloaded.
Open a new tab or window in your Internet browser and visit CatchYouTube.com.
Copy and paste the video's URL into CatchYouTube's blank "URL" field in the centre of the page.
Select an output format for your FLV from the "Convert To" options. (You may choose to keep it as an FLV by clicking the appropriate button).
Click "Convert & Download" to begin the conversion process. You will be directed to a new window. Wait until a download link appears. Click the download link to download your FLV or new video file.
Launch your Web browser and visit the page with the desired streaming video. Copy its URL.
Open a new tab in your browser and visit 2Conv.com. Paste the video's URL into the "URL" field.
Select the "Convert to MP4/DivX" button and click the "I Accept Terms of Service" button.
Click "Next" and wait for 2Conv.com to download the video from the URL provided. You will be redirected to a new screen.
Select a "Media Format" from the drop-down menu. (You may only download your video in either AVI or iPod video format).
Name your file. Click "Next" to begin the conversion. When this is complete, 2Conv.com will automatically present you with a download option. Click "Download" to retrieve your converted video.
Open your Internet browser. Navigate to the video you want downloaded.
Open a new Internet tab and direct it to MediaConverter.org.
Copy and paste the video's URL into the empty link field in the middle of MediaConverter's main page.
Click "OK" and select "Go To Next Step."
Choose an output format for your FLV (You may choose to download it as an FLV, if desired). Click "OK."
Press "Start" to allow the website to begin the conversion process. You can watch the status of the conversion via the time bar that appears in the middle of the page.
Click the "Download" link that will become available once conversion is done to download your streaming FLV.
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