There is a wealth of video content available online that can help the teaching and learning process, but some of the main issues of using online content within the classroom include inappropriate advertising, inappropriate recommendations, and the dreaded school firewall or slow internet connection. Yet, gaining access to such video content can really help to explain certain concepts, with opportunities to include footage, clips or teaching points in the lesson.
Although there are many online services that allow users to download videos, these are often fraught with restrictions, advertising, and difficulties in actually downloading the file required. Now, thanks to the new app for Mac computers, downloading videos from YouTube, Vimeo or Dailymotion is a lot simpler. Simply add the URL (link) into the program, and files can be saved as 3GP, MP4, M4V, FLV and in a preferred resolution: 360p, HD 720p, HD 1080p, 4K or other, allowing great flexibility to be able to save onto a USB stick to show in the classroom. VideoDuke will also download YouTube videos as audio files. No conversion needed – you will simply get a soundtrack instead of the original YouTube clip. The app keeps the audio track title and album art and can save files as WebM, MP3 or other available formats.
Other great features include the ability to bookmark everything you need: it can be either your frequently visited video website or a specific video that you want to download later. You can create as many bookmarks as you want and easily manage them in the app. Also, you can place VideoDuke button in your browser’s bookmark bar and click it whenever you stumble upon a great online video that you want to download. Upon the click, the app will open and let you save the video right on the spot.
The app really is simple and reliable to use. The interface is simple, and the download process takes moments (depending on the size of the content). Being able to download in a choice of video (and audio) formats, allows individuals to check compatibility with different devices, ensuring that when you press ‘play’ you will be sure that the video you want will play reliably. This is a great little Mac app that could really help educators reliably draw online video content to be used within the classroom, enhancing the teaching and learning content to include some real-world relevance to concepts that can sometimes be difficult to explain.
The cost for a personal license is $19.95 (+ VAT for some countries), although a free trial is available to allow you to try before you buy.