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**********************************************************TO THOSE WHO LIKE BLEEDING EDGE ADD-ON TECHNOLOGY:
Video DownloadHelper 4.9 includes a new beta feature: Direct Screen Capture
- - the feature grabs the video directly from the screen. Even if this method has some inconvenience compared to the network capture (the video must be played on your screen the whole duration of the capture), it makes Video DownloadHelper work on all sites, regardless of the underlying streaming protocol. You can also capture videos from a flash applet running in the page which was previously not possible.
To enable that Screen Capture feature:
- make sure you are running at least Firefox 4.0. It won't work on previous versions. If you haven't already done so, upgrade your browser from http://www.getfirefox.com/
- open the Video DownloadHelper add-on preferences, section "Capture", tab "Screen Capture" and check the "Enable Screen capture" box
- once the screen capture has been setup, you'll see a new button next to the DownloadHelper toolbar icon. Click it to start the capture of the currently playing video. Click again to stop the capture and save the file. Alternatively, you can use the context menu (right-click in the page but outside the flash area) to choose the screen region to be captured
The Screen Capture feature relies on external tools to do the grabbing, therefore it depends on the platform you are running on:
- on Windows: you will have to also install the CSHelper add-on which provides a modified version of CamStudio. CSHelper and the software applications it contains are open sourced under the GPL license.
- on Linux, the feature relies by default on the "recordmydesktop" application. If you are running Ubuntu, you may have to do "sudo apt-get install recordmydesktop" to install that program. On other Linux distributions, you'll figure out. You also may want to use another screen grabbing utility like xvidcap or something else: please let us know about your setup if you succeed
- on Mac OS X, we haven't yet identified a suitable screen grabbing utility. If you are a Mac warrior and want to make some research on this, we'd love to hear from you