Boat videos

Video Download Instructions

These higher-quality versions of the 2012 Support Our Troops Poker Run video are huge files. Because of their file size, viewing the videos over the Internet would be a frustratingly slow experience for anyone without a very high speed Internet connection.  A much easier way is to simply download a file(s) and save it to your computer for future viewing.  (You can further copy them from your computer to an iPad or other portable device, if you wish.)

Because of legal issues over piracy, Internet browsers don't offer easy, built-in means of downloading video files.  (Yes, there are some third-party browser add-ons available to make downloading easy, but not everyone has one installed.)  I have a roundabout way of making it possible for everyone to download the higher-quality versions of this video regardless of which browser you use.  There are only a few steps, and they make look strange, but this approach is relatively easy and works well.  Basically, we're making the browser think the video file is a document file--which browsers download quite easily--and then "convert" it to a video file.

Please read these instructions carefully:

  1. Click on the thumbnail (above) of the video version you'd like to download. 
  2. Depending on which browser you use, you may see a dialog box open, asking whether you want to open the file, or save it.  Choose "Save File", and then hit "OK".  Some browsers may not open a dialog box, and simply begin downloading the file.  If it begins downloading, skip to step 4. 
  3. Again, depending on your browser, another dialog box may open, asking where you want to save the file on your computer.  Choose a location, then hit "Save".  The file will then download.  
  4. THIS STEP IS IMPORTANT!  Once the file has finished downloading and has been saved to your computer, you have to change the file's extension from .doc to .mov    
  5. You may get an "Are you sure?" or similar warning about changing the file's extension, but ignore the warning and make the change.  You're done.

The video is in Apple's QuickTime format, and can be played with QuickTime Player and many other video players.

If you have any problems, please let me know and I'll do my best to help.