Downloading SWF format Videos From NicoNicoDouga
I worked out a way to download the dreaded SWF formatted videos from NND. This is better than using Nicofox which downloads the SWFs in a cumbersome bundle of files that must be replayed in Nicofox and so won't go on your portable media players. in addition to Nicofox there are also a few freeware apps and commercial apps that will do the same thing. again; this is not satisfactory if you wish to have the file offline like for a portable media player.
The first thing you need to "download" a SWF video is a screen video recording application. a good free one is Debut Video Capture Software from NCH software. There is a downloadable trial version which will do everything you need to do, does not leave a trail watermark on your videos and is unlimited in duration.
The software's home page is at: http://www.nchsoftwa...ture/index.html
you can record your whole monitor screen, the active window or select an area with a drawing tool. because i use my videos on a small player i don't record the whole screen. but if you wanted too you could max the screen for the video, bring the Debut recorder app to the front, click record and go back to the window with your video on it and select play. the app will catch all this screen activity for activating, swapping windows cursor movement and starting the video but this will be cut out later.
my own way so far is to call up the video i want to play then go inside the Debut app to the edit menu and select the "select a desktop rectangle to record" option. i then click on the rectangle drawing tool in the popup and draw a rectangle around the video display area. i then make sure the app is out of that recording area and make sure the cursor does not move over the active video recording target area. you should select a output format at this time (MP4, Avi, mov, etc.) I then hit the record button in the App then pause a couple of seconds before moving the cursor to the play button for the video.
you want to wait a bit before hitting play after you have started the recording app because the recording app makes a beep when it starts recording and i do not want that beep in my final recordings. if i wait a bit there is dead space at the front of the video that i can cut off in a video editor without messing up my recording.
you also want to wait a few seconds once the video finished playing to click the stop button on the Debut app. but you do want to shut the recording off or the raw video takes longer to process and you are wasting hard drive space. anyway you now have your raw video ready for cutting to length with a video editor.
Because all I need to do editing wise is cut of the beginning and ending of the raw recording and get rid of the recorder beep i don't need a fancy video editing application. so the video editor i used is freeware/shareware called: "Free Video Cutter" available at:
which works very easily but it takes a while to load your raw video file. you can select the amount of time between sample slides for the editing process. it's not all that important for the task at hand though. The app window is basically a pop up where you can load the file and has a set of sliders that allow you to move through the video in increments until you get to the area of the video you want so save for the beginning and for the end of your videos. this is where you get rid of the beep and dead space at either end of your video. when you are satisfied you select save and it begins processing and saving the new finished video.
if you download a file from NND and it turns out is a FLV or some format that won't work everywhere you want it you can convert it with a free video format converter. I use Prism Video File Converter Plus which is also by NCH software available at: http://www.nchsoftwa...ism/index.html.
it has no watermark and Works for 14 days from installation. and now all my FLVs have been converted to MP4s, but it can convert many different formats. it's pretty useful.
for those unfamiliar with Shareware/Freeware: they often make their money bundling additional "crapplications" you do not want or need with the application you try to download. so during the install don't just click through it. you should uncheck any additional applications it is trying to install. in the case of some bundling you get a tool bar whether you want it or not. if you don't want it and if there was no option to not install it in the first place simply uninstall the tool bar and disable it in your browser and everything will be fine. you get what you want and they don't get to put additional poop on your computer. though sometimes some of the bundled apps are cool too.
This post has been edited by Stormbringer: 11 March 2012 - 10:08 AM