I have always been partial to MPEG Streamclip because it is a simple editor, convertor, and viewer all in one. It has its issues, and it can be buggy, but I have been using it for well over 5 years and I have come to love it. Not to mention it was developed in Italy 😉 All that said, I stayed away from the recent beta for Mac that was released in March (1.93.b5) because I was afraid of courting anymore bugs. But that was before two students in the ds106 Summer of Oblivion course that starts tomorrow blogged about how they used MPEG Streamclip to grab the clips for their animated GIF from YouTube. What?! Class hasn’t even started yet and they are already showing the bava up!
So, MPEG Streamclip can basically suck in any YouTube video and allow you to edit it, convert it, and download it in the file type of your choice. Very, very cool! Below is a screen shot of how easy it is: