Youtube is one of the most popular sites on the internet. It's long been a favorite for artists, animators and independent movie, cartoon and web show makers. Youtube can serve as a platform to launch a viral sensation but it can also be the ultimate source for fodder whether you're looking to make a parody, response video, or homage of any kind.
Early in its history Youtube frustrated users because videos were not downloadable, but now with the ingenious Youtube Downloader you can pull any video off of Youtube for storage and later playback on your own device. In theory this also allows you to edit or pull clips and stills from the videos too, but the default filetype of Youtube Downloader, .flv, is not friendly to the most popular editing and production programs.
Take for example Animation Shop 3. Animation Shop is perhaps the leading animation software on the planet, the clear successor to the golden age of Flash videos in the early 2000s. Animation Shop can help you take an idea for a skit, cartoon, comic, presentation or ad and turn it into high quality reality. Animation Shop's output, in skilled hands, makes for clean, crisp, universally playable animations that make great website elements or independent works of art. Just one problem: AS doesn't handle Youtube's .flv format.
So how do you convert Youtube Downloader’s files into Animation Shop 3? Luckily, it's a very easy process. All you need to do is download and install a video converter. Video converter programs are very common these days and come in many different types depending on what you need. But all are capable of taking Youtube's .flv and converting it to a .mpeg that Animation Shop can read. Converters typically also handle .avi, .mp4, .mp3, .wmv, .mov, .mpg, .3gp, .3gpp, .asf, .vob, .wma, and .m4a file types and can also rip stills from your video source in a variety of image formats.
Once you have your video converter up and running, you can feed Youtube vids into your animation project with no difficulty at all.