Information for Teachers

RECORD A DVD OF BBC NEWS ONLINE VIDEO CLIPS

The BBC has recently started using a new player on its website, with improved viewing quality. Although many websites allow downloading with “Download Helper” Firefox browser extension or “aTube Catcher” software, these don’t work with BBC videos. If you want to play a clip occasionally on the PC offline, Step 1 (below) is enough. For more valuable material, you can produce a DVD with reasonable quality (just a bit fuzzy).

PROCEDURE

  1. Capture your video clips.
    You can use “FLV RECORDER” software (free download).
    Once it’s installed on your PC:
    Click the circular record button on the bottom left, then click to play the video on the BBC website.
    When it’s finished, if you right click on the item you want, you can open the folder to get the file (in the format .flv).
    You can watch your video at this stage in the same software or use an alternative flv player.
    Capture clips whenever you want, and build up your collection of video material.
  2. Convert your files.
    You can use “WinFF” software (free download).
    Once you’ve installed it on your PC:
    Copy or drag your files into the window.
    Select Output: AVI.
    Select Device Preset: XviD in AVI (16:9).
    Click “CONVERT” button.
    There’s a slight problem with the AVI file you get. At this stage you can’t play it on your PC or DVD machine (for example, recorded on a CD-RW) unless it has the codec. You can download this codec free, but beware, as the installer may include adware! (Consult: www.xtec.net) However, you don’t really need to watch your clip at this stage.
  3. Record your videos on DVD
    Compile the resulting AVI files from your BBC collection (along with other files if you want) on Pinnacle’s “Studio” program. Then burn your compilation on a disc (DVD-R or DVD-RW). Your recorded DVD should play in any standard PC player and on most standard DVD machines – the XviD codec isn’t needed any more.

Good luck!

And thanks to everyone who’s helped me so kindly with this problem!