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how do i download html5 videos in ubuntu?

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Depends on the site. Firefox has context menus for saving html5 video, but they don't work if the site uses a customized player. For example, if you visit http://www.mozilla.com/en-US/firefox/video/, you will be able to right-click and select the "Save video" option.

On YouTube, that won't work. In this case, click the YouTube logo in the address bar, then click "More information" in the mini popup, then click the "Media" tab in the big popup dialog, then find the video and select it, then click "Save As". Change the extension to webm before saving. Alternatively, you can copy the address and load it on some download manager like DownThemAll or wget via terminal.

However, on YouTube is simpler to use Video Download Helper.

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WHOA! How did you get your Firefox button to be orange? –  Oxwivi Jun 26 '11 at 17:12
@Oxwivi, I use this add-on (with compatibility check disabled for Firefox 5): addons.mozilla.org/en-us/firefox/addon/themed-button-for-linux –  lovinglinux Jun 27 '11 at 12:58
Ah, I was linked to that when I asked about Firefox button earlier on AU. Unrelated, but since you do stuff with Firefox, can you take a look at this? Thanks. –  Oxwivi Jun 27 '11 at 13:03
@Oxwivi, just posted the solution there. –  lovinglinux Jun 27 '11 at 13:46

The Simplest Way:

Just right click the Video frame that is playing the video, and select "Copy Video URL" (depending on the browser you use) and paste the link in the address bar, and the browser should ask you to save the file.

More Preferred Way:

In case you're fond of downloading the video you see, whether on YouTube (Mostly based on Flash) or any other site (in case of HTML5 videos), you have two options,

  1. Using download manager and add video urls (HTML 5 Videos will give you direct urls).
  2. Using something like Greasemonkey script that will add "Download" button underneath any video you see in YouTube (Preferred for Flash videos, as they'll not have direct links).

In case of download manager for Ubuntu, I'll recommend DownThemAll add-on for Firefox (default web browser for Ubuntu.

And for adding "Download" button in YouTube, first you'll need to install Greasemonkey in the Firefox and then, use this script to add that "awesome" button in YouTube. And good thing is that the this Greasemonkey script is available for other web browsers as well.

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Do you use Firefox? if that, DownloadHelper can achieve it easily. Or you can download the html5 via a free video downloader online, where you just need enter the url of the html5 video you want, this free service would get the video soon. You may click here to get more details. Best html5 downloader

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