Saving your #FacebookIs10 video

In celebrations of Facebook’s 10th birthday they unveiled “Lookback”; a site that generates a short video compilation of your life as seen through facebook. Unfortunately they do not allow you to download or save the video. As a friend of a friend pointed out “since they [are your] photos and statuses that [you] should at least have the option to share and download the video.” Fortunately our mutual friend solved this problem. To any of you who know hack/code for fun and/or profit I’m sure you’ve already figured this out, but for those like me who are stumped if “right click > save as” isn’t available, her are the steps my friend outlined for saving your #FacebookIs10 video as he presented them in a facebook post

Edit (6-Feb-2014): My friend has released updated code to support all OS and browser options. If you use Windows OS and Chrome as your browser the instructions below will still work.

NOTE: To do this, you must use Google Chrome browser. If you’re not already using it, you should be anyway. Get it here: http://www.google.com/chrome

1. Open your personalized “A Look Back” video here:https://www.facebook.com/lookback

2. Press Ctrl+Shift+J to open the developer’s console

3. Copy all of the code from the text box here:http://textuploader.com/14zt

4. Paste the code in the console and press <Enter>

5. You should be presented with a link. You can use this to link to your video outside of Facebook. If you want to save your video, right click on the link and select “Save link as…”

To show that it works, and is not difficult, here is my video.

Thanks again to Jordan Lutz for showing me how to do this.

Edit: I’ve heard from a couple people that it does not work on macs. As I didn’t write the snippet of code perhaps I can get my friend to do one for macs, or if you’re reading this and have a solution, feel free to post it in the comments.

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