I recently came across two great add-ons (extensions) for Firefox 2.0. My mission was to get a flash swf from a website and download it onto my computer. I did not have access to the original file and I wanted to keep this swf for archival and instructional purposes. This file was also embedded into the webpage. So what did I do?

I downloaded the add-on Download Embedded 0.5 by Andrew Ruder. It worked like a charm and I found it on the Firefox’s website ( https://addons.mozilla.org/en-US/firefox/addon/1993). here’s the skinny about the extension:

Downloads all or selected embedded objects on a webpage. Can be used for downloading movies, mp3s, flash, quicktime, or other embedded files (although this does NOT work on video embedded in flash [ youtube, video.google.com, etc….

This is a great tool if you want to use videos for teaching or for your own reference and keep them so you can always access them, even if the website is taken down months later (or the link breaks due to redesign). Some of you are asking, what if I want to download videos from YouTube or Google Video? Have no fear, there’s an add-on for that too. Download the add-on VideoDownloader 1.1.1 by Javi Moya and let the fun begin! Here’s the address : https://addons.mozilla.org/en-US/firefox/addon/2390

Here’s the skinny about the VideoDownloader add-on:

Download videos from Youtube, Google, Metacafe, iFilm, Dailymotion, … and other 60+ video sites ! And all embedded objects on a webpage (movies, mp3s, flash, quicktime, etc) ! Directly …

VideoDownloader did not work on my embedded swf, but Download Embedded did. If you want to download videos from the web, these are a must have. Check them out today. 🙂