Download Google Videos as AVI Files

Have you ever watched a free clip from Google Video and wanted to download it only to find out that Google only lets you download the clip in a proprietary unmanageable format? I have!

Robot Chicken

In fact, this happened to me a couple of days ago. I saw this hilarious political comedy sketch from the TV show Robot Chicken ([adult swim] network) on Google Video. I wanted to put that clip on my MySpace profile. But, I would need to obtain it as an AVI format first. There is no free way I know of to convert Google Video files so I had to find a loophole.




From Digg, I discovered an obscure blog that will give you the address to the source AVI directly from Google Video! However, there were a couple of annoyances.

  • The site is about as slow as molasses
  • It is often down
  • It is littered with ads (IMHO)
  • The blog is hosted by a terrible company

Despite those annoyances, it got the job done for me! See the funny clip on my MySpace Profile!

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3 Responses to “Download Google Videos as AVI Files”

  1. I c y Says:

    Use Riva FLV encoder and http://www.keepvid.com


    you can also just open the file you download from google, i believe a .gbp or something with notepad and you get stuff there too.

    Keepvid is lightning fast, and there are a few greasemonkey scripts for firefox users (ugh).

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