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Interview with Michel Gutierrez of Video DownloadHelper

11 Video DownloadHelper is by far the most popular of the video downloading add-ons out the for Firefox.  Only proof you need is to check out the most popular downloads page yourself.  It gets 480,759 weekly downloads.  With that in mind, I wanted to talk with the man behind what might be one of the most popular add-ons for Firefox, ever.  Who is this man? Michel Gutierrez is the brain behind the Video DownloadHelper and I was lucky enough to get him cornered to answer a few questions I had about the extension.

Out of all the different, “download the video from that video sharing site” services out there – what does it feel like to be the most popular one, right now?

It’s good and that’s even better to be one of the most popular Firefox extensions overall :)

I started computing in the early 80s on a Sinclair ZX81 (2KB of RAM!) and since then, i wrote many lines of code within a lot of various projects but DownloadHelper is by far the application that got the best success. So when you write a piece of software that will be executed one million times everyday, you for sure feel useful but a bit anxious as you have the responsibility to make this code work flawlessly.

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Making the Web a Little Better for Firefox Fans

betteryoutube-thumb  Need to make Firefox a little better you say? From Gmail to Flickr and all the neat applications in between, the “better” series of add-ons for Firefox is getting, well… better looking every single time I check them out.

Here are the list of the “better” Firefox extensions and what has come with the most recent update:

Better Gmail 2 – Version 0.5.2: Updates and fixes the Redesigned skin; Adds Hide Gmail chat script.

Better Flickr – Version 0.3: Adds Firefox 3 support, Rich Edit, Photo Page Enhancer, and Thumbnail Page Enhancer.

Better GCal – Version 0.3: Adds the Redesigned skin beta by Globex Designs.

Better GReader – Version 0.3: Adds Colorful List View; Updates the Minimalistic skin; Adds international domain support including google.co.uk, google.es, google.de, and others.

Better Lifehacker – Version 0.2: Adds HTML Helper and Nested comment replies.

Better YouTube – Version 0.4.3: Adds Firefox 3 compatibility; Fixes FlowPlayer (alternate, non-autoplaying player) and YouTube Theater view.

I’ve always enjoyed Gina’s work on these plugins, cause with each I am shocked and amazed with how much functionality she’s able to pack into there. Make your Firefox a little better with these additions too!

8 Fresher YouTube Scripts

monkey-tube2 Remember the 10 freshest YouTube Scripts? Well thanks to a few reader submissions and a little more searching on my own I have found a few more to share with you that are well worth trying if your a fan of Greasemonkey and/or YouTube.

1. Add Link to HD Video on YouTube – Simply adds a link to the higher resolution version of a video.

2. Download ANY Video from YouTube – Download the video as a MP4 file.

3. Yet Another YouTube alternate Player – Replaces YouTube’s flash player with http://mplayerplug-in.sf.net.

4. YouTube “Lights Out” – Dim everything on the page except for the video.

5. Hide comments from YouTube videos – Hide YouTube comments, replaces them with a link just in case you do want to read them.

6. YouTube More Info Auto-click – Always get all the description when watching a video via YouTube.

7. YouTube+ – Optimizes YouTube for bigger resolutions and gives you the opportunity to hide various sections of the video playback page, disable autoplay, enable HD and download videos.

8. YouTube Loop – Make your video keep playing for ever and ever.

Did I miss your favorite? Leave a comment and let me know!

Freshest Top 10 YouTube Scripts

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The beauty of Greasemonkey is it can practically make anything better – even YouTube. Now it can’t make the idiots smacking themselves in the face with flaming bags of poo smarter, but it can give you a better way of viewing, downloading and sharing their misfortunes with your own crew of friends. Here is the Firefox Facts round up of some of the newest and the best Greasemonkey scripts to make YouTube really better.

1. Youtube Get FLV URL – Grab the URL for the .flv file so you can save the YouTube video to your desktop.

2. BetterTube – A number of hacks and fixes to try to make YouTube video (and other providers) better.

3. YouTube Relinker – This replaces YouTube embedded videos with a link to watch it on YouTube.com.

4. Videoembed – Auto adds the embed codes so you can watch videos in a screen right under the links.

5. YouTube Country Server Selector – Replaces YouTube embedded videos server with your country server or the one that you wish to use.

6. Video Focus v1.0.7 – Allows you to remove all the rest of the page content so you can focus right on the video you want to watch. You can also resize or maximize the video centered on the site.

7. Youtube Alternate Video Player – Replace the YouTube default player with the one from flowplayer.org.

8. YouTube Lyrics – Want to know the words to that video your watching? This script places a lyrics search link on the video’s page.

9. Pop YouTube Video Into Sidebar – Does exactly what you would think it does. Pushes your YouTube video to the sidebar in Firefox.

10. YousableTubeFix – Does a number of fixes such as removing ads, download links for videos, displaying all comments for a video and more.

As a side note, to try out any of these on Firefox you will need to make sure you have Greasemonkey installed. Know of any scripts that do the YouTube job better?

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YouPlayer – Sidebar Player for YouTube

YouPlayerAre you a big YouTube fan? The YouPlayer extension delivers you all the wild and wacky cats wearing roller skates-like fun of YouTube in your Firefox sidebar.

Here are a few more details from the creator of the extension.

This is a must-have addon for all YouTube fans! YouPlayer is a YouTube video player with playlist similar to the one in Winamp. You may add/drag a YouTube link into a playlist window. When you double-click on it, it will be shown in the video window. You may drag a link to a browser window or right-click it and open in a new tab. You may also add/drag other links, thus the playlist will work as a bookmarker.

I would like to see this be opened up to other video services out there. I think it is a pretty neat idea all around. The only problem is YouTube is the biggest, but not the only one out there as far as Online video goes.

Video Downloads Without the 3rd Party

Video DownloaderI have had a few people ask me how to download flash or embedded movies without having to use extensions that push you through a third party.

There are a lot of extensions out there that will open up a pop up window, and if they support the site you want to download from there should be no mess. People want to cut out the middle man though and go right to downloading what they want. For those people I have a solution.

Although it might be a little more on the geekier side than some might like the UnPlug extension is what you are looking for. It goes right to the source, digging through the web site code and turns up what will most likely be the file you want to download.

Unlike the extensions people have problems with, UnPlug scans the page, and if it doesn’t know there the data comes from it can guess. I would say nine times out of ten it guesses the correct one too.

Firefox Universal Uploader

When it comes to using some of the Online hosting systems out there, sometimes the Web interface just does not cut the case. The Firefox Universal Uploader extension hopes to change that though by giving you a much better interface to work with.

Upload Your Files

Here is a little more information about the extension:

As the name says, this firefox extension allows you to upload/download files from any website using a friendly interface. Upload files/photos/videos to Flickr, Picasa, Youtube, Box.net(1GB of free space), Facebook, Webshots and OmniDrive in this version. Next versions would support other websites like Google Videos etc. You can add multiple files to the queue at a time. Extension will take care of uploading them for you.

I think the services themselves should be releasing tools like this. I don’t think that will happen though – so until monkeys fly out of a hole somewhere on me – this will have to do.

Best of the Links – Firefox Edition

Firefox Bank CardYeah how would you like to be able to whip that out at your local mall? You’d have them gazing in awe of the awesomeness that if Firefox. Either that or they’d just say, “what’s that, your dog?”. Either way – you make a good impression.

The same kind of impression all these links left of me.

Have a suggestion or link to toss my way? Drop in a comment or E-mail it to me.

Mozilla Growing Pains and Other Helpful Links

Firefox Growing PainsLooks like the big Firefox story of the day is that they are suffering from growing pains?

I really hope that now Firefox has a decent market size that everybody doesn’t start to turn on them for the next “new great hope”. Then again, that’s how much of the media works and part of the reason for Firefox’s rise in the first place. Ah well, enjoy the links.

If you have any more interesting ones be sure to send them my way.

DownloadHelper – Download Flash Videos

VideoDownloaderSo this might not be the first tool, the only tool, or the best tool – but it is another tool when it comes to saving video from the Web. Out of all the video downloading tools I have seen this one might have the best interface of them all.

As you can see, it gives you a button on your toolbar to click on and get direct access to downloading. This is something I have wanted to see for a long time. It also works with YouTube, MySpace, Google videos, DailyMotion, Porkolt, iFilm and others.

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