Trying to time shift (download and convert) video from the internet to watch later on you iPod/iPhone? Players that download a file to cache and play from there are easier to capture. Those that stream to a player in your browser window are more difficult to harvest. Here are some sites with services, tools and information that have helped me …
www.mediaconverter.org Free conversions (just five each day) for blip.tv, break.com, dailymotion.com, facebook.com, livevideo.com, metacafe.com, myvideo.ch, myvideo.de, veoh.com, youtube.com and, for premium/paid users also dumpalink.com, kontraband.com, lulu.tv, media.putfile.com, pornhub.com, spikedhumor.com, tangle.com, timtube.com, vidilife.com, vids.myspace.com, vimeo.com, youporn.com and zippyvideos.com — yup I scraped that complete list from their website, not to advertise my porn preferences. No, really! File formats include 3g2, 3gp, asf, avi, flv, m4v, mkv, mov, mp3, mp4, mpeg, ogg, rm, wav, wma and wmv. Protocols are ftp, http, mms, mmsh and rtsp. Not included amonsgt them is Adobe’s rtmp protocol.
MPlayer is a free and open source media player. The program is available for all major operating systems, including Linux and other Unix-like systems, Microsoft Windows and Mac OS X. MPlayer supports a wide variety of media formats and can also save all streamed content to a file. The MPlayer OS X Extended version for Mac OS X can be downloaded from http://mplayerosx.sttz.ch.
From Mac OS Hints, instructions on how to Save Flash video files from local cache with additional information in comments for Leopard.