Well, it was just brought to my attention that the youtube video downloader feature of my AIR .flv player, fPlayer, was broken. Doing a 2 minute Google search made it clear that Youtube had, once again, changed the obfuscation algorithm that hides their actual video files. Doing another Google search (about a half hour this time) showed a way around the deliberate obscurity. Long story short, fPlayer now not only works in the AIR beta 3 release, but once again downloads videos from Youtube.
For those who don’t even know what I’m talking about, fPlayer is one of my more useful AIR projects. Basically, it’s just a .flv player, but as you may have gathered from the rambling above, it will also download .flv videos from Youtube if you simply paste the url of the video file in question (e.g. http://youtube.com/watch?v=F9q1FomLSkw) and click “download”. You can get a gander at a screener (actual size) here, and if so desire, download the .zip file here.