Moving at the Speed of Creativity by Wesley Fryer

Burning a DVD of a web-based video quick

This morning my 8 year daughter wants to share her International Cooking Show video on baking banana bread with her music class, which has been having a low key “talent show” this week as school wraps up.

Since virtually all blogs, social media sites and video sharing sites are blocked on her school network, the safest bet for sharing the video is to bring a copy on DVD. (I did email links to the video on EduBlogs as well as on our family learning blog to her music teacher just in case those sites are accessible from school, however.) Sarah created the video on a different computer than the one I’m using this morning, so we needed to download the compressed web-version and burn it to DVD. We only had about 10 minutes to do this before she had to leave for school this morning.

I used TubeTV software (free but Mac-only) to download the flash-based video from and then convert it automatically to QuickTime format. I then used iDVD (free on all Apple computers, included as part of the iLife software suite) to convert and burn the short QuickTime video which TubeTV created to a DVD.

Fast, simple, and effective. That’s a big reason I love my Mac. 🙂 If there is a comparably simple and affordable / free way to do this on a WindowsXP / WindowsVista computer, I’d love to know what software to use and the procedures to follow. Remember, we did this in 10 minutes, and it JUST WORKED.

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7 responses to “Burning a DVD of a web-based video quick”

  1. Bud Deihl Avatar

    Thanks for sharing these tips. I’m passing this on to my CTE MacFacNet group via our wiki (tips and tricks)at

    Kudos to your daughter. I really liked how she associated cooking with learning about fractions. She also has a great camera presence and uses her hands well to direct attention to the item of discussion.

    Well done.


  2. Robert Chapman Avatar

    On the Mac and PC I use MPEG Streamclip and in GNU/Linux FFmpeg to capture web video. You can capture and transcode from a URL. On the PC I use DVD Flick to create DVDs. All in all it took me about 2.5 minutes to download a 3 minute video clip from Youtube and 5 minutes 16 seconds to burn the clip to DVD with DVD Flick. So it’s not any faster than on my Mac but just as free and easy. Links are below. You can find me on Twitter @rschapman if you want a more detailed step by step.

  3. Robert Chapman Avatar

    I went ahead and made a quick tutorial if you’re interested.

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  5. Wesley Fryer Avatar

    Thanks for the feedback and link, Bud. I’ll pass along your compliments to Sarah! She was really pleased to be able to share this with her music class yesterday. She definitely wants to create more shows like this. One thing I may not have mentioned was that she edited this 100% by herself in iMovie09.

    Robert: Thanks so much for both the links and the tutorial! I am delighted to learn about DVDFlick for Windows. I have used MPEG Streamclip on my Mac to capture video from DVDs, but did not realize it is cross-platform AND can be used to download web videos. Excellent! Your screencast is great.

  6. Mark Avatar

    You could do the same in vista. zamzar or other websites to download youtube video and save as .avi file. Import to moviemaker, burn dvd. Not quite as fast, but it will work. Probably even easier if you take some of the $500 to $800 you saved by not buying a Mac, and buy adobe elements bundle.

  7. […] solution, consider using the free, open source program DVD Flick. Robert Chapman recommended it in a comment to my post last month, “Burning a DVD of a web-based video […]