27 April 2011
Posted in News - Site
Todays article is a bit different than the usual, it's more of a group of apps that you can use to download and play almost any video from the web. Just a note before you start reading, you will need to have a jailbroken iDevice to do this, since Apple doesn't want you to be able to do this - go figure. Anyway, hit the break for a guide on downloading videos from any website. Ok, so the first step here's going to be downloading the actual video. As you'll know, this isn't the easiest thing to do, but Cydia has an app called Safari Download Manager, which as an add-on for your basic Safari application, and it adds the ability to download anything from the internet, including videos. So, Safari Download manager is the first thing you're going to need. You can get that from Cydia for $5.00. I know it's a little pricy, but it's a really useful app. Just remember, Safari Download manager itself won't let you view the files, just download them. Viewing the files is what the next app is for... VLC Player.
I'm sure you've all heard of it, and I'm sure most of you use it. If you don't use it, you should. It will play literally any type of video file out there, and it's out on iPhone. You won't be able to download this from the App Store, and to be perfectly honest, I'm not sure why, but it doesn't really matter if you're jailbroken anyway. VLC is free, as usual, so a simple search of Cydia will have you watching downloaded videos on your iPhone in no time. So, now you've got the apps you need, you'll be trying to work out how to do it, won't you? Well, the first step will be to find the video you want. Click the video, and you should be given the option to either view or download the video, hit download, and you'll see a pop up window. This pop up is exactly the same as the one that shows up when you try and download something on your computer, so the technique is the same. All you've got to do is navigate to the folder "Media" The full extension for this folder is /var/mobile/Media. Once you've got the video downloaded, you've simply got to open the VLC app, and you'll see the video there. It's that simple.
I'm sure one of you is wondering why you need VLC player, why can't you just play it through the iPod application. Well, that's very restricted with media formats, so without getting technical, just trust me when I say it won't work. There is an app called Yourtube which will let you download videos to the iPod app, but that's limited only to Youtube videos, due to it working with the Youtube application itself. So that's it really, not too difficult. If I haven't been very clear with something, or if you've got any questions about the article, feel free to leave a comment and I'll get back to you ASAP.
Have fun downloading!
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