I just posted a new page titled “Veoh.com & Hulu.com Video Downloading” that details how to download videos from sites like www.veoh.com and hulu.com and convert them for playback on your Zune. The trick, is finding the playing video file’s http address and downloading that file onto your Desktop PC. The page I wrote up discusses using a program called Orbit Downloader to “sniff” out the desired video file and download it.
The downloaded file is in FLV file format, which you’ll need to convert to WMV format for your Zune. I’ve outlined the steps required to do this using an example.
What I really like about the veoh.com and hulu.com sites, are the available video content for viewing and/or downloading. They have a lot of older TV Show episodes available (my favorite is The Time Tunnel), but also newer TV Shows and Movies. Here’s a short list of what I found on these sites:
Quest For Fire
Meet Joe Black
The Usual Suspects
Requiem for a Dream
The Man Who Never Was
These are full feature length movies, not clips. They also have a variety of TV Shows such as:
It Takes a Thief
Friday Night Lights
Hart to Hart
Lots more movies and shows available. You’ll need to follow the procedure that I’ve outlined on my page to download and convert these videos for your Zune. My method required three steps:
1) Download video file
2) Convert FLV video to AVI format
3) Convert AVI to WMV (v9) format
Having to convert twice is a pain, but it was the only method I could find to successfully convert the FLV file to WMV format (with the WMV9 video codec). The WMV9 requirement is necessary to avoid transcoding of the WMV file during syncing.
If you have a better method, please let me know!