How to download a Flash video from the web (and it works with YouTube)

How to download a Flash video from the web (and it works with YouTube)

I just learned the coolest trick and thought I would share.  Only my nerdier friends may appreciate.

I wanted to download the video playing on this page ( so it could be included in a PowerPoint presentation that would not have web access.  Since the video was only available on the web I was unable to get a local copy of dear Matt Sanders showed me this way.

  • In Safari, paste or type the link to the page that displays the video you want to download. In this case you'd paste
  • Click Play (the triangle in the middle of the video...I know "duh", but I'm not assuming anything)
  • Go up to your Safari menu in the top left corner and select "Window"Then under the Window tab select "Activity" like this:


  • Clicking Activity will open a window that looks like this:

  • In the list of files you'll look over on the right side for the biggest file you can find. Most are sized in KB but the one you want will probably be measured in MB. In this case the file is 3.0 MB. When you find it just double click on it and the file will automatically begin to download to your local computer.

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