Watching streaming video is what some of us do whenever we surf the net, and there's no better place to watch our favorite videos than the ever popular Youtube.
But have you ever felt the need to save your favorite videos direct to your PC, mobile phone or iPod?
I found this very useful online service that converts FLV files (Flash video) into several media file types. Introducing vixy.net, an online FLV Converter that converts FLV files from video streaming sites, such as Youtube, into several media file types like AVI for Windows, MOV for Mac, MP4 for iPod, 3GP for Mobile, and even MP3 to extract the audio. I've been using this site for quite some time now, and so far so good. Here's a brief information about vixy:
This service allows you convert a Flash Video / FLV file (YouTube's videos,etc) to MPEG4 (AVI/MOV/MP4/MP3/3GP) file online. It is using a compressed domain transcoder technology (outline in Japanese). It converts FLV to MPEG4 faster and less lossy than a typical transcoder.
When you submit an url, it will download and convert to the video format. Then you can download the converted file.
Too technical? Nevermind, what's important is that you know how to copy and paste the URL (in Youtube, you will see this on the right side of the screen just above the Embed textbox) of the video you want to convert, then select the file type of your choice, hit the Start button, and vixy will do the rest for you. Just dont forget to save the converted file to your hard drive.
As for me, I tried using vixy to download live performances of Regine Velasquez in her Twenty concert and Evanescence AOL Sessions, both in mp3 format. And also, the Final Fantasy Concert in AVI format. I haven't tried using it to convert video's from other websites though(i.e. Veoh, TV Links, etc), so I might as well give it a try.
Just some reminders, vixy cannot convert the FLV file if Youtube is down or under maintenance, also, the conversion speed varies depending on how fast your internet connection is.
So what are you waiting for? Christmas? Try it now!
Disclamer: I am in no way paid by vixy to post an article about their service (how i wish.hehe)