Well, I got a White Zune (accidentally, in a raffle :-)). I was quite impressed with this gadget (I am a “Believe_me_I_never_used_iPod” type guy..) in my first looks. The interface was very cool with nice zoom out/in effects of background wallpaper.
I quicky synced it with my local music store from my laptop. The experience of music and quality was awesome. But…I was shocked to see not all of my videos can be played directly by this player. Even the WMV yes, wmv files too. I thought, I can simply download all On-Demand technical webcasts to my zune and enjoy. But none of them are compatible with my shiny zune.
Then I looked at YouTube for videos. YouTube delivers videos as flash content. But I figured out a way to enjoy these YouTube videos on my Zune (100% free of cost solution). Here is the way I followed…
01. Rip the video from YouTube
YouTube uses flash media to display videos. This is called FLV content. To download the video as FLV content, I used YouTube Video Downloader. Once you install, start this application. It will start in your system tray. Right click on the icon and click on “New Download…”
Copy the YouTube Video page URL as shown below…
Use the default folder and name your video in “Rename” box, if you want to give it a different name. Otherwise the tool will pick the name from Video title itself.
Copy the FLV file in to a folder, where you can play with tools.
Note : A product tutorial is available with the developer of this tool here…
02. Convert FLV files to MPEG-4 Video (MP4)
To convert FLV files to MP4, I used a tool called “Super”. This is a true Super tool which can convert so many formarts of video to any type of video.
Once you install SUPER, start it. You will see interface as follows…
Configure this tool as follows (One time job)
Select the Output Container : mp4 (MPEG-4)
Select the Output Video Codec : MPEG-4
Select the Output Audio Codec : AAC
Video Scale Size : Leave this as NoChange (Maintains aspect ratio)
Leave everything else as defaults.
Now drag and drop the FLV files in to the space shown in the above picture by Arrow mark.
Once you drop the files, the button “Encode (Active Job-List Files) will be activated. Click on it. Leave the tool until its job is done.
Once the tool is done with job, You can find all the MP4 files copied to destination folder you mentioned in SUPER tool. (Right click in the file list and select “Specify Destination Folder” where you can select a destination folder).
03. Sync the MP4 files to Zune
Copy all these MP4 files to your My Documents/My Videos directory (where Zune checks for videos).
Connect your Zune and start the Zune software. You can see the converted videos in the Zune software. Simple drag them in to Sync list of Zune Player and Click on “Start Sync”
Thats it ! You are done.Now you can enjoy the YouTube videos on your Zune..:-)
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