The growing popularity of video on the web has prompted RealNetworks to launch version 11, a beta version of its RealPlayer software that allows users to easily record and download videos to their PCs.
With the new version, users can surf the web and select clips or longer videos by clicking a "Download this Video" icon that pops up whenever they view video content.
Videos are downloaded in the background, allowing users to view the content not only at their own convenience but also on the full screen of their PCs.
Version 11 records online video in all major formats, including Flash, Windows Media and QuickTime. It also recognises video content protected by digital rights management systems and blocks such content from being recorded.