Wednesday, January 10, 2007

SUPER

I promised to keep you updated about my YouTube experiment. Through downloads.com I found a freeware application called SUPER. This was a release from June 2005 (v1.791). I looked a little bit further and found the newest release on eRightsoft. This is called v2007.bld21 (dated Jan 4, 2007). The links on this page behave a little bit odd, so it took a while before I got to a page where I found four download links on the very bottom part of the page. First, I tried to download the installation file, but this did not work. So, I tried to run the installation file directly from the webpage. The installation itself was quite simple. This brought me to the final test. SUPER turned out to be a simple, straighforward tool. Only one screen, no menu's, no flashy user interface. Simply drag and drop the FLV source file into the entry field and then select what you want to do. There is whole list of possible output containers of which I tried mp4. The conversion to mp4 went very easy and you can indeed convert full FLV files to mp4. An interesting option is that you can also create MP3's if you're only interested in the audio stream of a YouTube video. It all works quite easy. There are a few issues that are not very well developed within SUPER. It's possible to play the last rendered file, but I could not find a button to stop the file once it was playing. So, I closed the whole application. A second issue is that you have to search where your output file is saved. I could not find a function to define your own output folder. It turned out that my output file was saved in C:\Program Files\eRightSoft\SUPER\OutPut. (! path may be different if you choose to install SUPER elsewhere !).
In summary, you need three steps to download from YouTube and to play files on a local or mobile device such as an iPod or Pocket PC:
1. Paste the URL of your favorite YouTube video on the Javimoya page.
2. Convert the FLV file to any format you like using SUPER.
3. Copy your output file to the device you want.
If you only want to keep FLV files and use an FLV player on your local computer, then you should install the FLV player from the Javimoya page instead of step 2 and 3.
Have fun.

4 comments:

Wytze Koopal said...

Have you seen this post at the weblog of Pierre Gorissen: http://www.gorissen.info/Pierre/item/2007/1/18/hey-watch-not ? Pierre points to a webbased converter for video files. He is not very happy with it, but it might be worth a try.

Marcel de Leeuwe said...

This one is working fine. Thanks for the tip Stanley! I was using an online one before (HeyWatch)but that one has changed into a payed service.

This is a good alternative.

Tom said...

There is another way to download videos from the net. There is an addon for Firefox called UnPlug which I have found very useful.

Andrew Chapman said...

Thanks for helping me find my Super output file!