Thursday, October 2, 2014

How to Download YouTube and other web Videos!

Please be aware that most videos online are protected by copyright.  
For more details about copyright, please visit the library's copyright guide for multimedia projects

These instructions use a Firefox add-on, YouTube Video and Audio Downloader, which is installed on the computers in the MEWS teaching area. If you would like to have this tool on your computer, open your Firefox browser. Type about:addons in the browser window. Search for the addon above and install it.
  • Once on the page with the desired video, select "download", located here:

  •  Select the format you wish to download from the list:

  • Once you select, you will find your video on your desktop or in the downloads folder.



  • Find your video on the web and copy the URL for sharing or the one you are using to view the video
  • Visit                   
  • On the home page, paste the link of the YouTube video you wish to download into the bar at the top of the page and select "Download":

  • Select the format you wish to download from the list that appears, as shown below:

  • Upon selecting a format, your video will download and appear on your desktop, or in your downloads folder or  whichever folder you have chosen in your computer settings .

Video Grabber

  • On the home page, paste the link of the video you wish to download into the bar at the top of the page and select "Grab it":

  • Select the format you wish to download from the list that appears, as shown below:

  • Upon selecting a format, your video will download and appear on your desktop, or in your downloads folder or another folder depending on your settings.


These instructions use Video Downloader Professional, a Chrome extension that is loaded on the Macs in the MEWS teaching area. To get this extension on your own computer, go to the Chrome Extension Store and add Video Downloader professional to the extensions in your Chrome browser.
Warning: Google updates to Chrome have disabled this extension in the past and may do so again.

  • First, log in with your google account and go to the video page on YouTube which you want to download
  • Click "+add to", so that this video will go to your playlist

  • Click the green download button on the top right corner, you will go to video downloader professional

  • Play the video and the green download button will show up again

  • Click the green download button again and you can select the format of video you want to download

  • You can find it here!

Tuesday, September 30, 2014

Fall 2014 MEWS Consultant Hours

 Have a video or audio project for a class? Want some help with your YouTube and Vine videos? The RISE video consultants are back to help you with your multimedia projects. Check the schedule of staffed hours and  drop by the MEWS to ask a question. 

Want More than Drop-in Help?

Make an appointment with a MEWS consultant during our regularly scheduled hours. Select a Consultant Appointment slot in the Google calendar linked below:

If none of these times will meet your needs, we will be glad to make an appointment. Please send an email with some times you can meet to the email address posted in the MEWS Teaching Space.

Thursday, May 15, 2014

Create a video of your screen on a Mac

After reading about taking a screen capture, a photo of your computer screen,  you might have wondered about taking a video of your screen. Like taking a screen grab, recording video from your screen is easy  on a Mac with QuickTime Player. You can also record other video and audio using the built in camera and microphone on your Mac.

Just follow these steps:

- From the Finder Applications folder launch Quick Time Player:

-Click on File menu and select "New Screen Recording":

-Click on the red button to start recording:
                       - When you are done, click on the stop button to stop.

- Your video will start playing in QuickTime player:

- Save the video in your desired location:

Monday, May 12, 2014

Summer 2014 MEWS Hours

We will be offering support in the MEWS this summer Monday - Friday, 2-4pm. Drop by the MEWS for help with your video projects or send email to the Research and Instructional Support team.

Wednesday, April 30, 2014

Reading Day Spring 2014 Consultant Hours

Regular consultant support hours in the MEWS have ended for the term. If you are working on a project and would like our help, we have some additional consultant hours available this week. These hours are posted in the MEWS and available below.

Thursday, April 24, 2014

Using your cell phone to record video

Most of you have a perfectly good video camera in your pocket or bag.  It's in your cell phone!

All you need is a few tips to help you record clean, clear video and copy the clips from your phone to a computer so that you can edit it further.

Watch our video for some tips to make that easier and more satisfying.

This video was shot using the cell phones shown in the video and edited in iMovie and Adobe Premiere. Audio was edited with GarageBand.  The MEWS video consultants can help you with all of these techniques. Come talk to us before you begin filming and we can help you plan a successful and easy video production project.

Tuesday, March 11, 2014

Converting a DV into DVD

Converting MiniDV or 8mm tape to DVD

[Make sure that the playback deck and Sony DVD Recorder are connected by a single cable. Also make sure that all of them are connected to their respective power sources! Bring a DVD with you (one can be purchased in the Info Commons vending machine.) ]

1) Turn on the playback deck.

2) Push the “Menu” button.

3) Under “IN/OUT REC”, make sure that “A/VàDV OUT” is set to “OFF”.

4) Insert the tape in the playback deck.

*** Suggestion: play the tape using the playback deck just to be sure that the tape is working properly.

5) Turn on the Sony DVD Recorder.

6) Push the menu button in the Sony DVD Recorder and select “Video à DVD”.

7) Select “DV IN”

8) Push the eject button and insert the DVD.

9) Hit the “Play” button in the playback deck. The Sony DVD Recorder will start recording automatically. (The white button glows with a red outline while recording. You can also press the big white button to record)

***Conversions from tape are in real time i.e., converting the tape requires the actual time it takes to play the footage.

10) Even after all the footage has been transferred, the DVD Recorder will continue to look for video signal until the tape runs out. It will finalize everything automatically at the end of the tape. Or you can stop the recording when you have what you need.

11) Once it finishes finalizing, the recorder will eject the DVD automatically.

Congratulations! You are done!

For more complete instructions, there is a document with complete instructions for using this equipment in the holder next to the equipment.