Just a tip for those called on to do public or client presentations and who want to show a short video from YouTube etc, having seen a couple fail last night. Use a free plugin to download the video beforehand, and place it on the desktop with a name that reminds of you of the time it needs to start playing. That usually saves a load of fuss about dropped Internet connections, ad skipping, giving your audience glimpses of links to unwanted ‘related’ videos, etc. Ideally, an advanced media player would have the ability to generate a desktop / Powerpoint shortcut with embedded time commands in it the shortcut name, such as “start: 01:34 .. stop: 06:23” etc, but I have yet to find one that offers that.

For YouTube downloads I use Download Flash And Video for Firefox.