Monday, 9 April 2012

**Downloading YouTube vids**

I've blogged on this before and I repeat as before: you can legitimately access/utilise brief clips of copyright material under the 'fair usage' doctrine.

There are other materials than existing music vids you may want to access: a group member may have uploaded a rough cut/behind-the-scenes vid and you won't see them for a day or so. I've downlaoded some of your Eval draft vids so I can re-upload to my channel. How?

Using Downloadhelper within the Firefox browser, or the within Safari on a Mac; see and (just google 'rip youtube video' for more ideas)

There can be glitches (which led me to post this!): Asa's draft EvalQ3 vid, for example, stumped Downloadhelper, but I got it by using Safari's Activity window (and then running it through FLV Crunch on my Macbook to convert the .flv file to .mp4). You can see it below.

Friday, 6 April 2012

Guides to using Macs

Apple publish comprehensive guides (and 2 magazine style commercial guides are kept in F6); browse through and learn more about using these powerful machines; see

Toggle between tabs/windows

It can be a real pain trying to work with multiple tabs in a browsers, even worse when you've got multiple windows open.
The 1st tip is to resize the windows slightly so that you can easily activate one or the other, as I've done in the picture.

You can read those instructions at if they're not clear above