Saving local copies of web videos

Posted on September 4th, 2009 by

The number of short videos posted online relevant to class discussions continues to increase.  Ideally you would stream these videos from the source website*; however, occasionally streaming problems arise (e.g., jumpy playback or slow buffering times).  That’s where services like Vixy and KeepVid can come in handy.  They allow you to save a local copy of videos posted to popular video sharing sites such as YouTube.  This local copy can serve as a backup method of showing the videos in the event of a classroom streaming mishap. Alternatively, you could also play the video in your web browser before going to class and not close that browser tab.  Then the video should remain in your browser’s cache file so that it is not downloading while you are playing it during class.

*because the terms of service agreements for video sharing sites typically put restrictions on downloading their content.


One Comment

  1. barbara fister says:

    Whoa, I didn’t know about this. Nice!