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Sometimes a bookmark just won't do. When you want to save your favorite online videos to your hard drive, check out the free Clipta Toolbar for Firefox.
The Clipta Toolbar (listed at Mozilla.org as Clipta's "Video Search and Downloader") keeps a count of videos you watch in your browser. A 'videos captured' button brings up the list, where you can click a Download button for any given video to save it in Flash video format (.flv). To watch your saved video you'll need to use a program, such as the free VLC video player.
Although Clipta Toolbar works well with sites such as YouTube and MetaCafe, it doesn't work for all sites. If you watch a Bing Video, for example, you'll see it listed multiple times under the 'videos captured' list, but clicking any of the download links will only download a small, unplayable file. And videos on Hulu.com don't show up at all on the list.
The toolbar also includes a search box to seek out new videos, along with a pull-down list of recommended videos.
Though Clipta Toolbar doesn't work for all videos, for compatible sites it's an easy-to-use option for saving your favorites.