Watch YouTube on Your iPod
Firefox (Windows only)
1. Add the Greasemonkey extension to your Firefox browser.
2. Go to www.userscripts.org and install the Download YouTube Video script.
3. The next time you watch YouTube, you’ll see a Download Video option beneath the screen. Click it to save the file to your desktop as QaQw9V4Upj4.flv or whatever.
4. Install and launch the free Super video converter (www.erightsoft.com).
5. Select Apple – iPod from the Output Container option, and then the output video codec H.264/AVC. Set size to 320 x 240. If you get an error message when converting, unclick the Use DirectShow button. Otherwise, drag the converted file into iTunes and it’s ready for viewing.
Safari (Mac only)
1. Go to a YouTube video page, wait for it to load, and open Safari’s Activity window.
2. Double-click the URL of the video file – it’s the largest one – to download it.
3. Rename the file something better than QaQw9V4Upj4 – say, Skateboarding Bulldog.
4. Drag and drop it into the free iSquint converter (www.isquint.org) and – presto! – an iPod-optimized video file for your iTunes library.
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Thanks for the tip, Wired Guys and Gals. It really does work. And iSquint rocks. I hadn't heard of it before, but it is very cool. I don't have an iPod, but I use the freeware TCPMP media player on my Palm TX, and can watch AVI, MPEG and MP4 files in native format. With the free iSquint, I can even convert Window Media Video to MP4 for playback on the device. I just bought a second 2 Gig SD chip for the TX, which now allows me carry around 25 hours of tunes on one chip, and another 6 to 8 hours of video on the other. It's great for watching on the bus or in the doctor's office waiting room.
(BTW, I haven't tried it out yet, but the multi-platform 'nix freeware Handbrake promises to deliver MP4 rips from any DVD source.)