My first instructable, cheers!
Anyway, I was on Google looking for a free program that would convert my Youtube .flv files to a format that is more universal, like .wmv or .mov.
I searched countless forums and websites and then found a program called S.U.P.E.R., or Simplified Universal Player Encoder & Renderer.
It encodes (converts):
3GP to 3GP, 3GP to AVC, 3GP to AVI, 3GP to DivX, 3GP to FLV, 3GP to H264, 3GP to MP4, 3GP to MPG, 3GP to XviD, ASF to 3GP, ASF to AVC, ASF to DivX, ASF to FLV, ASF to H264, ASF to MP4, ASF to MPG, ASF to XviD, AVC to AVC, AVC to AVI, AVC to DivX, AVC to FLV, AVC to H264, AVC to MP4, AVC to MPG, AVC to XviD, AVI to 3GP, AVI to AVC, AVI to AVI, AVI to FLV, AVI to H264, AVI to MP4, AVI to MPG, AVI to XviD, DivX to 3GP, DivX to AVC, DivX to AVI, DivX to DivX, DivX to FLV, DivX to H264, DivX to MP4, DivX to MPG, DivX to XviD, DVB to AVI, DVB to DivX, DVB to DVD, DVB to FLV, DVB to XviD, FLV to 3GP, FLV to AVI, FLV to DivX, FLV to DVD, FLV to H264, FLV to MP4, FLV to MPG, FLV to VOB, FLV to XviD, H264 to 3GP, H264 to AVC, H264 to AVI, H264 to DivX, H264 to FLV, H264 to H264, H264 to MP4, H264 to MPG, H264 to WMV, HDTV to AVI, HDTV to DivX, HDTV to DVD, HDTV to FLV, HDTV to H264, HDTV to MP4, HDTV to MPG, HDTV to VOB, HDTV to XviD, MOV to 3GP, MOV to AVC, MOV to AVI, MOV to DivX, MOV to FLV, MOV to H264, MOV to MP4, MOV to MPG, MOV to XviD, MKV to 3GP, MKV to AVC, MKV to AVI, MKV to DivX, MKV to FLV, MKV to H264, MKV to MP4, MKV to MPG, MKV to XviD, MP4 to 3GP, MP4 to AVC, MP4 to AVI, MP4 to DivX, MP4 to FLV, MP4 to H264, MP4 to MP4, MP4 to MPG, MP4 to XviD, MPG to 3GP, MPG to AVC, MPG to AVI, MPG to DivX, MPG to FLV, MPG to H264, MPG to MP4, MPG to MPG, MPG to XviD, OGM to 3GP, OGM to AVC, OGM to AVI, OGM to DivX, OGM to FLV, OGM to H264, OGM to MP4, OGM to MPG, OGM to XviD, RM to 3GP, RM to AVI, RM to DivX, RM to FLV, RM to H264, RM to MP4, RM to MPG, RM to XviD, VOB to 3GP, VOB to AVI, VOB to DivX, VOB to FLV, VOB to H264, VOB to MP4, VOB to MPG, VOB to XviD, SWF to 3GP, SWF to AVC, SWF to AVI, SWF to DivX, SWF to FLV, SWF to MP4, SWF to MPG, SWF to XviD, WMV to 3GP, WMV to AVI, WMV to DivX, WMV to FLV, WMV to H264, WMV to MP4, WMV to MPG, WMV to XviD, XviD to 3GP, XviD to AVI, XviD to DivX, XviD to FLV, XviD to H264, XviD to MP4, XviD to MPG, XviD to XviD
Just about every multimedia file to any other multimedia file for free. So, when I saw this, I instinctively thought it was spyware, malware, or a virus. So, I scanned it with the Dr. Web anti-virus link checker, and it found nothing. Then, I scanned it with several online link scanners, and it still came up with nothing. Then I felt it was reasonably safe to download it. I'll go ahead and say that I scanned it with everything in my arsenal, Symantec AntiVirus, Spybot: Search and Destroy, ect. So, finally, I ran it, and it was the most insane, awesome freeware I have seen. ever.
So, now that we're all on the same page, lets go to step 2.
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Step 1: Download
You can download S.U.P.E.R. here. Just click the link that says 'Download from authors tool site', and it will start downloading to your computer.
Update on Instructable: The LATEST build of S.U.P.E.R. (and the last, unfortunately) seems to have conversion difficulties. Please use the mirror link provided when downloading S.U.P.E.R. (as it is of an older version) or you may run into some problems.
Step 2: Setup
Once you've downloaded the file, open the setup (SUPERsetup.exe) and go through it.
Step 3: Convert
Open S.U.P.E.R. and drag your videos/music/graphics to the list under 'DROP A VALID MULTIMEDIA FILE HERE'. Then, select the output container (what kind of file you want it to be in the end). If you want, you can modify the optional other features under the 'VIDEO' and 'AUDIO' categories. When you are done, click the button at the bottom of the window that says 'Encode (Active Files)'.
Step 4: Done
You're finished! Feel free to comment on this Instructable =).
Also, if you want to capture objects from a website, like a Youtube video, I recommend UnPlug, a really cool Firefox extension that allows you to easily extract just about anything on a website. You can get it here.