China's answer to Google, Baidu is a search engine aimed at speakers of Mandarin Chinese within mainland China. As is the case with Google, Baidu is a multifunctional search engine capable of retrieving multimedia such as pictures and videos in addition to Web pages. As a result of lax copyright regulations within China, it's possible to download videos directly from Baidu. Use prudence when doing this, however -- if you suspect a video is copyrighted, don't download it onto your computer.
- Skill level:
- Moderately Easy
Navigate to the Baidu home page, click the characters that display second-to-right, which represent video, and enter your search term. Hit the "Enter" key.
Scroll through your video results until you find the video of your choice. Click its link or thumbnail preview image to open it.
Click the two characters below the bottom, right corner of the video, which mean "Save." Choose a location on your computer, give the file a name and click "Save."
Tips and warnings
- Do not download commercially available content, in particular music videos and full-length movies. Even if you are a U.S. citizen living abroad in China, domestic copyright laws still apply to you. In general, avoid downloading content that isn't user-generated.