How to make Thanet Council video's usefull.
TDC video's are published in the .flv format that youtube loves so much sadly it's not terrably easy to make use of it off line and with the video only being avilable for a short while you might want a back up for later reference.
FLV format is a video format for Flash so in this TDC atre doing it right for once. However by not letting suers full screent hey are possibly breaching the one or two points of the disability act so watch your backside TDC the fines can get big!
Assuming I've remembered to include the image the above picture is of the source code for the webpage that has the council hosted videos. If you are not used to web source code then it can be impossible to read so make a note of some text before you press View > Source.
Search for that text (I chose the word "slower" fromt he blurb about slower connection). Look for the FLV file in the code (as highlighted in the image).
Past that into your web browser and your browser should offer to download the file. (Or skip that and use the links from Thanet Online.
Well Windows Media player lacks the codecs required to cope witht his format and skipping the technical stuff I'll just tell you that VLC Media Player which is available on Linux and Windows for free will play FLV files and pretty much everything else too.
VLC was made for dealing with streaming media so you should be able to give it that URL you grabbed earlier from the TDC site source code and it will play the file. Now free of the flash player you can resize and see what is going on.
So you don't want to be stuck in FLV format. I can not blame you. One not converting the format for anything other than accessability could breach some bit of copyright law or something so use your head.
Stick Convert FLV into google for lots of options. Here are two.
CNET have a free converter but you need to opt out of an annoying toolbar apaprently. It's windows so I've not tested it.
There is also www.flvto.com which also apparently does the trick too. Again not tested.
So now you don't need to be worried by the "odd" format that TDC seem to want to use (correct as it turns out). You can grab a back up and make use of it for private and accessable viewing.
One last word of warning if, for some reason, you want to stick it up on youtube please remember that TDC will complain.