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Slow Internet? How to watch Youtube videos from a Slow Connection
The ProblemMy internet connection is slow and inconsistent, I waste time watching the videos buffer and when the connection gets broken I have to start over. Is there a better way that I can watch Youtube videos?
Summary: This tutorial if part of a series on Getting the Most out of a Slow Internet Connection, click here to see more tips.
While there is no magic way to speed up your connection, there is a way to watch your videos reliably and frustration free. All you need to do is transfer your videos to Dropbox via VideoDropper. (See below for step by step instuctions)
Dropbox is a program that syncronizes files from a special folder on your computer to a server in the internet, and vice versa. If you put a file in your Dropbox folder it will automatically be uploaded to the server, and if a file is put on the server, it will automatically be downloaded to the Dropbox folder on your computer.
This is where a website called VideoDropper comes in. Videodropper sends Youtube videos from Youtube directly to your Dropbox. Since it goes directly, it won't use your internet connection, just the connection between Dropbox and Youtube. Once it is on Dropbox's servers, it will then be downloaded to the Dropbox folder on your computer.
Once you have it setup, all you will have to do is copy and paste URL's into VideoDropper's website and the corresponding videos will automatically appear on your computer. They will still take the same amount of time to download, however you can queue them up quickly and they can download in the background. Best of all, once they are downloaded they will be saved on your computer.
Dropbox is free and easy to use, to get an account just go to this sign up page:
After you sign up you will need to download the installation program, just run it and accept all of the default options.
To copy the URL, simply go to the video, then select the entire address in the address bar of your browser, right click on it and select copy.
Note: VideoDropper can be picky about its URL's. For example, it does not like URL's of videos that you are playing as part of a playlist. Ex: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5e8MxrPaa9c&feature=rellist&playnext=1&list=PL2EB2CAFDE54FD189 However, you can still extract the correct URL by selecting from http:// to right before the first & (ampersand). In the URL above you would just copy http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5e8MxrPaa9c
This will take you out of the VideoDropper site and to DropBox, where you will login.
Once you login, DropBox will tell you that "The app Video dropper would like to connect with your Dropbox." and ask if you want to Allow or Deny. Click Allow. This will send you back to VideoDropper.
To send a video to your Dropbox, just paste the URL (that you copied in step 2) into the Youtube URL box and click Send to Dropbox. It will take a few seconds for the video to be downloaded to Dropbox's servers, and then a few minutes for the video to be downloaded from Dropbox to your computer's Dropbox folder.
After your click Send to Dropbox you will see the status of your videos - whether they are queued, pending or already successfuly uploaded to Dropbox. (Image 1)
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