Yesterday was Facebooks Birthday, and they gave us all a present – one that I actually think is Marketing Genius and a damn fine product, a 62-second video called a “A Look Back”.
Using automated software, Facebook has created hundreds of millions of personalized video highlights for its users. Each clip is 62 seconds and notes the year users joined the social network. Additionally, the video reel includes some of users’ most-liked posts and a random selection of photos.
You can check your own video (IF you have Facebook) HERE.
If there is something in your video you want to Edit, there is a function with the “Edit your Movie” button, and Facebook has announced they will be permanent if you share them on your timeline, otherwise they will be deleted in a month.
Here is my video
WAIT – How did I get this over to YouTube you ask? Well, follower InstructorRay did just that, and so I took upon myself to figure out how.
HOW TO DOWNLOAD MOVIES FROM FACEBOOK
1. Determine if the video is hosted by Facebook. Facebook allows the linking of videos from a variety of sites, and users can also host videos directly on Facebook. You can see what the host is underneath the preview and title of the video. If there is no host listed, then the video is being hosted on Facebook, which is the case with the “Look Back” videos.
The address is typically similar to “http://facebook.com/photo.php?v=xxxxxxxxxxxxx” or “http://facebook.com/video/video.php?v=xxxxxxxxxxxxx”.
3. Visit a Facebook video downloading service. There are several available online. These sites are ad-supported, and often try to trick you with fake download buttons. Only click the download button directly next to the text field. You will have the best experience using these sites if you set your browser to block ads. For this exercise, I used http://FBDown.net
4. Paste the URL into the field. Click the download button to the right of the field (its the GREY one, not the Green ones). This will take you to the download page of the video requested. If you receive a message that the video you are trying to download is Private, just Click the Private Video Downloader and follow the steps there.
5. Right-click on the provided download link. Again, depending on the video requested, there would be a Low Quality and a High Quality links, just choose the appropriate link.
6. Right-click on the download link and select “Save link as…”. You can then name the file and set where you want it to download on your computer. The video file would be under .mp4 format maybe you’ll need a Video Player to play it on your computer or upload to your Video Host of Choice.
Well, there you have it. I hope everyone enjoys their trip down memory lane – but be warned, mine made my room get a little dusty….thats my story, and I’m sticking to it.
Enjoy, and of course – Happy Birthday Facebook. Thanks for the Memories.