I found out how to do this ...from websites like Google Video, YouTube, MySpace, using my Firefox browser. Briefly I download/install the Video Downloaderd extension for FF. Then I download/install Media Coder, which converts the flv file to avi. Now my WMP should play it.
A related tip was "Let the video load all the way on the page you find it, then search in temporary internet file, copy the video where you want and add the .flv extension if missing. Now watch it with flv-player." There's a link to download flv player.
But after I watched an msn.com video at www.msnbc.com of a car sliding on glare ice and bumping into 5-6 other cars, I didn't find this file...one looks for it in temp. internet files by looking for HUGE files.
Any suggestions as to whether I even can obtain these files and if not, why not?
If anyone is interested in this particular video, go to this link:
You may have to watch a brief video ad first.
If the link doesn't work, try going to www.msnbc.com or www.msn.com and looking for the video there about cars sliding on ice. It was posted there Jan. 16, was still there today Jan. 17. But these videos change constantly, so it may be gone by the time you get there.