Put Flash Video (YouTube) on Your IPod or Other Video Capable MP3 Player





This instructable is totally free. I will show you how to easily download and convert web video (flash video) using safe and free software into an iPod or mp3 player friendly format.

NOTE: I am NOT LIABLE if you violate any copyright laws downloading web video.

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Step 1: Get the New Realplayer to Download Web Video

I have found this to be the easiest, and best way to rip flash video from the web:

Go to http://www.realplayer.com/ and download and install the new RealPlayer.

Step 2: Rip the Flash Video

Once you have installed Realplayer, go to a web page with flash video on it (i.e. YouTube or Google vidoes), and just hover your mouse over the video. You will then see a little "Download This Video" button pop up above the video and just click it! It is that simple!


You could simply right click the video and at the very bottom of the list you will see a button that says "Download This Video To RealPlayer.

Step 3: Get MoviePod

Once the flash video has been downloaded you can now view it offline by opening RealPlayer, clicking on "My Library", and then "Downloads and Recordings."

But that's not all!

To convert the video to an iPod friendly format I used MoviePod for Windows (they also have it for Mac): Go here http://www.nullriver.com/index/products/moviepod.win and download and install the trial* version of MoviePod.
*It says "trial" version but I have had no problems and there have been no limitations with the software.

Step 4: Convert the Flash Video

Once you have downloaded and installed the free version of MoviePod, open MoviePod. Do not click "Add Movie" for adding flash video because for some reason it cannot find your file.


Simply drag and drop the flash video file (location: "Documents"-"Videos"-"RealPlayer Downloads") you downloaded onto MoviePod and it will automatically start converting the file to MP4 file format, which is compatible with iPod and most other video capable players.

Step 5: The Easiest Step! Syncing Your IPod!

This is the easiest step. Just plug in your iPod, and sync that new video! This process also worked for syncing YouTube video to my Sandisk Sansa e260.

This process should work for any website that streams flash video in an unprotected format. So go try out your newly found skill!

Thanks for reading,



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    97 Discussions


    8 years ago on Introduction

    you need a downloader, there is a preview of a nice tool http://download.cnet.com/8301-2007_4-20013361-12.html?tag=contentMain;contentBody;1n
    you can download youtube video and make it playable for mp3 player


    9 years ago on Introduction

    Well guys , I actually don't see what's so hard to convert flash for ipod, mp3 player or cell phone or whatever since there are many apps that can convert flash, of course not all of them do the job right or in good quality.

    I for one have been using Tunebite to convert flash for my ipod since long time ago. The flash conversion runs smoothly with Tunebite plus I get some great quality files after I convert flash with this app.
    Maybe it will also come in handy for others as well.


    11 years ago on Step 3

    ok when i try to install the moviepod program its asking to download something else 1st????

    2 replies

    Reply 9 years ago on Step 3

    Friends i recommend Pazera converters they have wide range but totally free
    Pazera Free Video To Ipod Converter Available on download.com and for downloading Youtube videos use this site (www.keepvid.com) or (www.tubezen.com) as they offer mp4 format to download so no more converting is needed but some videos can't be downloaded in mp4 may be deu to network problem try again or simply download and convert with Pazera oh this converter convert videos for all apple ipod any generation and iphone toooo and may be more discover it by your self bye wish you good luck.


    Reply 9 years ago on Step 3

     Sorry i Forgot you can even convert videos for your Mp4(not apple) using same software normally every Mp4 player support 320x240 resolution so try it or try higher resolution if video doesn't stuck then use higher one if it stuck then use lower one .


    11 years ago on Step 4

    i done the step 4 but i cant drag the video to moviepod seem keep ask me to regester and everytime i clip on the regester then im stuck can you help pls

    3 replies

    Reply 10 years ago on Step 4

    when it says register and u click on another windon and ur stuck u have to minimize everything u have open and u will see the register thing always click later unless u want to register it all depends on u also u need RealPlayer to download videos directly from Youtube any further questions just ask


    Reply 10 years ago on Step 4

    ummm you posted this a while ago.. and i have the same problem that you have... is there any way to fix it? thanks :)


    10 years ago on Introduction

    if you wanna do it software free for youtube vids do this:
    take a youtube address like
    then insert 'pwn' between the www. and youtube.com
    then select mp4 high quality.
    there ... no installing..
    but for any other site i find that the Sothink Web Video Downloader works fine..
    but if the video does not quite work, then go to http://www.media-convert.com/ works great too if you wanna go the route of little software installation


    10 years ago on Step 2

    i downloaded the realplayer thing but it doesnt say download this video


    10 years ago on Step 4

    When I drag to moviepod, it says cannot convert. Help!


    10 years ago on Step 4

    i cant find where to find the "trial" version. does anyone know???