Q: I'd like to be able to save some of the videos I see online to my computer to view them later or show them to others. What's the best way to capture a video from Youtube, DailyMotion, etc.?
A: There are several ways to capture videos from the likes of YouTube, DailyMotion or Vimeo. We suggest you install an add-on to Firefox (our favorite browser) that will allow you to capture almost any video. This add-on is called Video DownloadHelper, and it can be found here: https://addons.mozilla.org/en-US/firefox/addon/video-downloadhelper/. It takes just a few seconds to install. Once added to Firefox, you'll see a small icon on the Navigation Toolbar that becomes animated (spins) when a video is playing. Just right-click the icon and then slide the cursor down to the menu item "media," move to the resolution you want to download (there may be several shown or perhaps only one) and click on it. Remember, you just move the cursor down and hover over the "media" option - don't click on it. When you've slid the cursor over to the right and clicked on the desired video format, it will ask you where to store the video. Choose a directory and click Save. You could save to the Videos folder in Libraries, or create your own video folder. In either case, be sure to keep track of where you saved the video, so you can find it to play it again.
Q: What is an ultrabook?
A: The newest form of lightweight computer. A few years ago, netbooks were developed as small, lightweight laptops, but Apple introduced tablets, which are smaller and lighter than netbooks while offering reasonable computing power. Tablets saved space by sacrificing keyboards and relying on touchscreens. Smaller, though, means having less screen size available and sacrificing some computer capability as well as keyboards. This past year, chromebooks came along using a Google-developed operating system and storing everything on the internet rather than a hard drive. The need to be always on the internet has limited their popularity. Intel had not developed processors for tablets and therefore wanted to get back into the small computer market. They developed a new type of processor and the idea of the ultrabook as the format to use their processor. That company offered $300 million dollars to assist hardware and software developers to create this new alternative.
Ultrabooks generally reflect the same functionality as a regular computer but with less size and weight (usually less than an inch in width), good battery life and fast start-up. In addition, they tend to be more attractive than traditional computers. The negatives in relation to tablets are that they are bigger, lack a touch screen and are two to three times as expensive. Expect touchscreens to be added in the coming year particularly with the introduction of Windows 8, but it is doubtful that cost will come down to the tablet level.
The Prescott Computer Society (PCS) is a PC-based users group located in Prescott. We hold several entertaining and educational meetings each month to show you how to get the most out of your computer. For further information, visit www.PCS4me.com. Email questions for future columns to PCSquestions@gmail.com.