June 27th, 2007
Back in December, I posted a quick tutorial on putting a YouTube video on your Zune using TubeSucker and SUPER. While it did do the trick, it seems that quite a few people had various problems with getting the process to work for them. This time, we will you use the new RealPlayer 11 and a great piece of freeware called WM Converter to accomplish the feat. You can download RealPlayer 11 here and WM Converter here.
Install both applications. Make sure that when you install RealPlayer, you keep the Enable browser download button checkbox selected. If you have already installed RealPlayer and unchecked this option, see this tech-recipe for the steps needed to enable this functionality.
Note: If you are running Windows Vista, you will need to right-click on the shortcut and select Properties. Then select the Compatibility tab and check the Run this program as an administrator checkbox.
Now, journey on to YouTube, to find some videos to download. When you find a video that you want to download, notice the Download this Video button above it (if it doesn’t show, mouseover the video).
Click the button. RealPlayer will then begin to download the video. While it is grabbing that one, go find some more to add to the download queue. The videos, by default, are placed in your Videos directory in a folder named RealPlayer Downloads.
After all of your videos have been downloaded, you’re now ready to convert them from FLV to WMV for playing on your Zune. Open WM Converter. Click the Add Files button and browse to the RealPlayer Downloads directory. From the Files of type dropdown, select Flash Media (*.flv). Select the videos to be converted. On the Convert to bar, click WMV Zune. On the Quality bar, click Better. Click the Output Folder button and select the directory for saving the converted video. Click Start Conversion to convert the desired video(s) to wmv format.
Once that has completed, Open your Zune software and sync the converted videos to your Zune. Mission accomplished!
For added video download action, journey over to SoundPedia and click the video tab. Find the video you want, click the Download this Video button and off you go. Then simply follow the above steps for the WM Converter.
Another option is to go to Yahoo! Video for some downloading fun.