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Is PodTube (YouTube to iPod converter) working for anyone?
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analogika
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Aug 18, 2006, 04:48 PM
 
Hey ho all,

Downloaded the free PodTube tool to download and convert YouTube videos to MPEG-4 in iPod format, ostensibly with a single click.

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Unfortunately, it invariably hangs at some point after downloading.

It pulls only about 3% of CPU load, and nothing ever happens.

15" Powerbook G4, 10.4.7.

I'd love for this thing to work...

Anybody else?
     
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Aug 18, 2006, 05:11 PM
 
I use podner, it works with all my types of downloaded movie types.

Good luck.
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analogika  (op)
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Aug 18, 2006, 05:16 PM
 
You can't easily download YouTube films. They're embedded flash video (.flv files).

Podner does not convert them.
     
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Aug 18, 2006, 06:07 PM
 
Oh.
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analogika  (op)
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Aug 19, 2006, 03:35 AM
 
Okay. I've actually had a couple of tries partly work (ffmpeg launched and converted the video), though I had to append the ".mp4" extension to the file and it didn't get added to iTunes.

Then a single attempt actually worked as advertised.

The last one again failed to launch ffmpeg entirely, leaving me with an unconverted .flv file on the desktop.

I have, however, discovered that iSquint ( iSquint - iPod Video Made Easy. ) - the absolutely excellent and free alternative to Podner (it actually came first IIRC) will convert .flv files.
     
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Aug 19, 2006, 06:59 AM
 
For me, I have Firefox (DeerPark - the one that's compiled for Intel Macs) and I use it with this Extension called VideoDownloader (which unfortunately doesn't work with the latest version of Firefox/DeerPark). But all you need to do is go to this link and you can easily get the .flv files.

And then use iSquint to convert the .flv to .mp4

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Aug 19, 2006, 11:43 AM
 
That's still a two-step process.

And it involves using Firefox.

I like the elegance of what PodTube is *supposed* to do, but unfortunately doesn't...with a single click.
     
   
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