When a person refers to embedded media on a web page, they mean it plays the video or audio right inside the web page, not in an application outside the web page. So did you ever want to download that audio or video and have it as a reference to show in class to students or at a staff meeting to demonstrate your point, but could not figure how to download and save it? Well I have two Firefox extensions that make that an easy reality. Follow this tutorial and you’ll have embedded audio and video from a web page on your hard drive in no time.

*****Update: I also used the Firefox add-on Video DownlaodHelper to get videos posted in Facebook  (like a lecture). Works great and you can use it on other embedded video sites. Here’s the add-on (or search for it’s name in Add-ons in Firefox:

http://www.downloadhelper.net/

***Update: The Easy YouTube Video Downloader for Firefox is an easy add-on that will allow you to download YouTube videos right on the YouTube page (it will appear under the video bottom right). Here’s the add-on for Firefox:

https://addons.mozilla.org/en-US/firefox/addon/10137/

Same add-on for Chrome: http://www.chromeextensions.org/music-videos-photos/easy-youtube-video-downloader/

Older add-ons are discussed in this post (click on more to read how to install them).

Downloading An Embedded Audio or Video Clip (Non-YouTube or Google Video)

-Open Firefox (2.0)
-In Firefox, click on Tools—>Add-Ons
-Click the Get More Extensions link at the bottom right of the Add-Ons screen
-Search and download the Download Embedded 0.5 by Andrew Ruder (https://addons.mozilla.org/en-US/firefox/addon/1993)
-Restart Firefox
-You will now have a red arrow at the bottom of your Firefox web browser.
-Go to a web page that has video or audio on it.
-Click on the red arrow
-A menu will appear. You can choose to “View Embedded Items” or “Download all embedded items”.
-To download, click “Download all embedded items”.
-Choose where to save it on your hard drive.
-Play and enjoy. This extension works well with Flash swf files.

Downloading An Embedded Audio or Video Clip (YouTube and Google Video)
-Open Firefox (2.0)
-In Firefox, click on Tools—>Add-Ons
-Click the Get More Extensions link at the bottom right of the Add-Ons screen
-Download the add-on VideoDownloader 1.1.1 by Javi Moya (https://addons.mozilla.org/en-US/firefox/addon/2390)
-Go to YouTube or Google Video and find a video you want to download.
-Click on the Blue and Grey icon at the bottom right of your Firefox web browser.
-A pop up box from Video Downloader will appear. Click on the Download Link button.
-Choose where on your hard drive you want to save your file.
-The file will be named “get_video”. You will need to add .flv on the end to play in a flv player (I use a flv player called Wimpy). You can rename the file to whatever you like.
-Play and enjoy your videos.